At 20 years old, I was described by the British media as the “boy wonder of the far right.” A decade later, I’m backing Kemi Badenoch to be Britain’s first black prime minister.
For those who don’t know who I am – and I’m sure most people don’t – here’s a little background.
I became an active supporter of the British National Party, Britain’s most successful white nationalist political party, at age 15. I’m from a working-class town in West Lancashire called Skelmersdale, and during my youth I witnessed how large-scale immigration impacts working-class communities & I knew victims of grooming gangs.
When I saw that no main party was willing to address these problems, and that Labour and the Tories toed the politically correct line on issues that working-class people cared about, I felt compelled to join the only party promising to stand up for us.
I was articulate, young, and interesting – and I was soon tipped to be the “next leader” of Britain’s far right at a very young age. Some media outlets called me the “heir apparent” to Nick Griffin, the leader of the BNP, while I was still a teenager.
What I saw from the inside of this party was a movement designed to appeal to legitimate working class concerns with over-simplified and *wrong* answers. The party had many members without a racist bone in their body, primarily concerned about the impact that immigration had on working-class communities, the job market, and the economy. Many members were, however, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The political climate made it very easy for regular people to be won over by radicals claiming to have “modernized,” and in 2009, the BNP achieved almost one million votes in the European elections.
This was an extremist party, with extremist leaders, capitalising on working-class discontent and legitimate grievances.
Over the years, however, I saw through the façade. The more I was exposed to the most radical elements of the party and the movement, the more I pushed back and sided with the party’s “modernisers”.
When I pushed back against anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the far right labeled me a “Zionist Jewish government state agent.” Activists in Liverpool threatened to stab me for being a “traitor,” and the police would keep in touch with me and make me aware of new threats being made against me by local far-right groups.
At the same time, young men I knew were growing increasingly radicalised. One attempted to murder our local MP. Others plotted terror attacks. Some young men I knew even killed themselves, knowing that their far-right activism meant that they had no future.
It was a long and winding journey out of that movement – and I have made mistakes along the way – but here I am, in 2022, backing Kemi Badenoch for Conservative Party leader because I believe she holds the key to ending this cycle of radicalisation.
Kemi Badenoch’s straightforward approach to Woke extremism and the teaching of contested political ideas advocated by divisive groups like Black Lives Matter stops the far right from capitalising on these issues.
When the mainstream capitulates, extremists win.
When mainstream politicians are afraid to admit simple truths, they give power to extremists who will – and extremists won’t just state those simple truths. They’ll tack on a bunch of conspiratorial nonsense that, in a world gone mad, seems compelling to young and naive people.
In my book Monster Of Their Own Making, which tells my story, I detail a three-pronged attack that radicalises young, white men. The three-pronged attack is defined by a political class that refuses to address sensitive working-class issues, a media that is willing to smear working-class people as racist, and Woke extremists bullying, physically attacking, and ruining the lives of their political opponents.
Kemi Badenoch can build on Boris Johnson’s promises to the country which broke the Red Wall. She will, I hope, not just make promises to working-class Brits but deliver on those promises too.
If she addresses sensitive issues deemed un-PC, she breaks the first prong.
Thankfully, the media landscape in the UK is also changing. Thanks to GB News and TalkTV, and a host of brave anchors and reporters, the second prong is weakening. Young white men hear common sense on the TV again. That helps a lot.
The final prong left to be broken is the extreme hatred from the Woke extremists. These bullies did a fine job of pushing me further into the far right as a teenager, and this effect can still be seen today.
When Woke extremists label everybody “far right,” they make it much harder for young white men to assess what is and is not extreme. It’s hard to know who truly *is* far right.
And when the only alternative is capitulating to Woke bullies, you’ll stay in the far right.
Kemi Badenoch will push back against Woke bullies and unify the country.
Simply stating that women are women and men are men is a big step – disturbing though it is that such an obvious statement is considered brave today. But here we are.
As Equalities Minister, Badenoch focused strictly on equality – a noble cause – and didn’t capitulate to Woke extremism. If that is indicative of her leadership style in government, she will be uniquely positioned to counter the extremism of Black Lives Matter and other extreme left-wing groups.
As a black Briton, she may not be able to escape false accusations of racism (she has already been labeled a racist by far-left activist Femi Oliwole), but she can show the world that people from all backgrounds should, can, and must stand up to these race-baiting bullies. Badenoch’s commitment to Brexit and her straight-talking are also important.
A black female prime minister standing up for white (and non-white!) working-class communities will be wonderfully powerful and unifying.
In a changing media landscape, which now better reflects working-class views and experiences, Kemi Badenoch is uniquely positioned to unite the country under a popular conservative message. And I hope the Conservative Party will give her a shot.
Take it from the former boy wonder of the far right – Kemi Badenoch is our best shot at tackling radicalisation and empowering working-class communities.
Vote for her!