First, two black Conservative Party members with a shocking tale of how they were treated like animals when they turned up for an annual meeting.
Next, Boris Johnson forced to apologise over a racist article published in The Spectator when he was editor.
The Tory choice to be Mayor the most diverse city in the world was quite rightly taken to task by a leading black lawyer.
One of the truly offensive Spectator articles claimed black people have smaller brains and are less intelligent. It claimed:
Orientals ... have larger brains and higher IQ scores. Blacks are at the other pole.In another Spectator article, black American basketball players were described as having
arms hanging below their knees and tongues sticking out.You may recall that earlier in the campaign, the Tory choice to run the most diverse city in the world, was forced to apologise for articles he personally wrote in which he described Africans as piccaninnies with watermelon smiles.
Third story (which may of course not be entirely unrelated to the second): The BNP calls on their supporters to vote for Boris Johnson as their second preference in the election for London Mayor.
Two telling points to note on this one:
1. The BNP did not endorse the Conservative candidate in previous Mayoral elections but are willing to tell their supporters to vote Boris Johnson in this one.
2. Last week, Labour's Ken Livingstone won the support of a very different minority party who advised its supporters to vote Ken as second preference.
For good measure, here's the fourth story:
A Conservative councillor on Tyneside has today been forced to resign after suggesting euthanasia as a way to cut the cost of caring for vulnerable children!
The common thread in all four stories...the Tories are still the same old nasty party.