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If you superficially examine the web page of Kwasi Kwarteng in his (successful!) run for MP you might think he’s a Labour or LibDem candidate.  Never conservative.  He’s not your typical Tory MP candidate in a winnable district (if you want to be a national politician in the UK, you start by being interviewed by the party leaders and if they like you your reward is a riding that is unwinnable to see how you do.  If you do better than expected, you get a better riding.  By your third try you may win.  If you don’t believe me, read Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs.)  Kwarteng had run twice before for parliament and had not been successful.

But Kwarteng is a Conservative.  His story shadows a son of immigrants who became Governor of Louisiana.  Kwasi’s parents were born in Ghana.  They immigrated to the UK and shortly after that, Kwasi was born.  Both his parents went to college and his mother is a barrister.  She qualified just after Kwasi was born but stayed home with him until he was seven.  Kwasi went to Cambridge on a scholarship he won at 13 and ultimately earned a Ph.D in British History. 

He was a “company analyst” (Chairman of the Bow Group, a respected UK conservative think tank) and a journalist; he is now working on a book about what Kwasi calls the “global legacy of the British Empire.”  (I quote his website that was apparently plagarized by the Ghana site).  His favourite politician is Winston Churchill and he is as he put it “still single, I’m afraid.”  My advice to the new MP is:  Don’t worry.  I had more dates when I ran for delegate than ever before!  And I lost!  He won!  (Of course praying about it and trusting in Christ is the best way to find the right mate!)

Here’s what Kwasi did when he won:  He praised his predecessor:

Before the Liberal Democrat outburst, [where their campaign workers called Kwarteng a “scumbag”], Mr Kwarteng had been praising and defending Mr Wilshire over his expenses scandal.

He said: “He was a very loyal and hard working MP for Spelthorne and nothing has been proven against him. He leaves with no smear or smirch against him.”

That’s what I would call gracious.  Some powerful names like and admire Kwarteng.  One is the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (shadow means he’s the Tory counterpart for the real Chancellor, similar to the Secretary of the Treasury and may well be the real one in a few days), George Osborne, said this about Kwarteng:

“Kwasi is a great asset to the party. He has a lively mind, lots of energy and would make a fine MP!”

Kwasi Kwarteng said this about why he is conservative:

I believe that people should be allowed to work hard and save their money. I think in modern Britain, too many people expect something for nothing.

He wrote an article with this title:  Rap Music, Goat Curry, and Why Crying Racism Won’t Help Beat Black Crime.  Kwarteng’s thesis is that family breakdown, limited educational chances and welfare programs have been factors in the increase of black-on-black crime in the UK.  It’s amazing.  Try this:

Through flawed ideology and a failure to promote traditional values, the Left made the situation for all those at the bottom of the heap far worse – whatever the colour of their skin.

Wow.  Might Kwasi Kwarteng come here and train our politicians?  I’d love to meet him!  I promise I’ll take him personally to Williamsburg but he might debate what would have happened if we had lost the Revolution!  And I might lose!  He may someday come visit President Bobby Jindal as the Prime Minister of Great Britain!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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