'Kwarteng backed away from his entire heritage': Caller slams Truss's 'diverse Cabinet'

7 September 2022, 15:19

Kwarteng, Braverman and Truss pictured
Liz Truss's top Cabinet jobs contain no white men - but this caller is not convinced . Picture: Alamy

By Maddie Wilson

This caller said she "would not swallow" the celebration of a 'diverse' Cabinet, when members such as Kwasi Kwarteng are "backing away from their entire heritage."

Liz Truss announced her Cabinet on Tuesday, rewarding her closest allies including Kwasi Kwarteng, Suella Braverman and James Cleverly with top jobs.

Hailed as the most diverse Cabinet in Westminster's history, none of the top four jobs are held by white men.

Lola from Shirley told LBC's Shelagh Fogarty, "I keep hearing that we should be happy about the 'diversity' of Liz Truss's Cabinet.

"Speaking as a black woman myself, African heritage, I find it very difficult to swallow - and I won't swallow it frankly...that somehow because they look a particular way or a different shade of melanin that somehow they are representative of the communities that they come from."

Caller Lola continued: "I'm not interested what their origins are, I want to know about character and what they've said before and what they stand for."

She used newly appointed Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng as an example who, like her, is from Ghanaian heritage.

She explained his name is not pronounced "KWAR-si" as Westminster and the media say, it is pronounced "KWAY-si."

"He's literally backed away from his entire heritage," she said.

Shelagh countered that the pronunciation of his name may be a awful journalistic errors, to which Lola said: "He's never corrected it. I don't know anyone who would let their name be repeatedly mispronounced.

"The level of job he's got right now, don't you think he should fix that?"

Shelagh said that due to his education at Eton, then onto Cambridge and Harvard, he may not have had an upbringing where he was stopped on the street by the police.

"You don't need to be stopped to be able to recognise that others who look like you may be being stopped, and may not be experiencing a life that is good or beneficial," Lola said.

Instead of saying, 'political Cabinets can be diverse', the caller said the real message is: "If you work hard and are lucky enough to get to this position or are funded, then you can become Chancellor of the Exchequer.

"It's not an accident that he is where he is, he's said the right thing to the right people to be in that position."

More Shelagh Fogarty News

See more More Shelagh Fogarty News

Shelagh Fogarty

Former Treasury official outlines 'three immediate priorities' likely to be reflected in Autumn Statement

Shelagh Fogarty

Suella Braverman's hardline crime bill seems like she's ‘interviewing' for career at ‘pathetic’ news channels, says caller

Shelagh and caller Sam

Anti-Semitic chants and actions 'delegitimize' pro-Palestinian cause asserts this Shelagh Fogarty caller

Shelagh and Ricardo Dos Santos

'It's sickening': Ricardo Dos Santos speaks to Shelagh Fogarty as two officers sacked over stop and search


Rishi Sunak has 'failed monumentally' to 'humanise' both sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict says Israel expert

Shelagh and Callum

Twitter is a 'particularly dangerous' place to get information now says the Centre for Countering Digital Hate

Shelagh and caller Simon

LBC caller details 'disgusting anti-Semitic' act he witnessed, as hate crimes rise in fall out of Israel-Hamas war

Sister of missing Israeli woman

'We hope she's hiding somewhere': Sister of missing Israeli festival goer fears she is being held hostage by Hamas

Distraught caller on Israel-Gaza conflict.

'This is a war against Hamas!': Distraught caller wants Israel and Palestine to take down the 'enemy' together

Shelagh and Alicia Kearns

Head of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee expresses concern over Israeli 'siege of Gaza'

Shelagh Fogarty caller on facial recognition.

This caller lacks 'trust' in the government's handling of the AI facial recognition debate

Shelagh condemns PM's comments on 'dignity' of the elderly.

'He painted a picture of a Britain that the Conservatives meant to build...': Shelagh Fogarty condemns PM's suggestion that elderly have 'dignity'

Shelagh Fogarty on Jenrick

'We're full aren't we?': Shelagh questions Robert Jenrick's motive behind encouraging Brits to increase birth rate

Shelagh talks to caller Serena

Caller admits to Shelagh Fogarty she felt 'inadequate' for claiming benefits while caring for her disabled son

Jon Venables should not be released, writes Shelagh Fogarty

Jon Venables should not be released, writes Shelagh Fogarty

Shelagh and caller Mike

The Conservative Party is now infiltrated by 'UKIP-ers' and 'self-serving individuals' says Shelagh Fogarty caller