There is no political comment intended in the following article but one has no choice but to notice and be impressed by the genuine breadth and diversity of the group of candidates who have put themselves forward to be the next Prime Minister. One could easily argue that any party in any country in the world would be proud of the diverse talent on show. Perhaps it represents the start of a progressive and exciting new future beginning to emerge across the UK?
It has been such a challenging, brutal period of time but the above does show arguably that Britain is getting a lot right and that a new society is emerging. Among those expected to vie for the leadership position are a son of Indian immigrants, an Iraqi refugee, a number of women and a son of a Pakistani bus driver.
Of course, it is no accident but we may, as a result see stronger representation and inclusion develop across every part of business.
The changes are part of a wider push for representation in public office and in workplaces across Britain, some of which came on the heels of the Equality Act of 2010. To give all the major parties credit, they have worked hard to be more diverse and open and the results are there to be seen. In the last general election in 2019, 31 percent of the Conservative Party members elected were women, and 12 percent came from Black or other minority backgrounds. In total, some 65 people in the House of Commons are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Of those, 41 are Labour Party members and 22 are Conservatives.
The 22 include some of the most powerful Conservatives, among them six cabinet ministers under Mr. Johnson: Rishi Sunak, the recently departed chancellor of the Exchequer; Priti Patel, the home secretary; Alok Sharma, the president for COP26; Kwasi Kwarteng, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy; Sajid Javid, the recently departed health secretary; and Nadhim Zahawi, the current Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Forget the politics. Labour too can make a strong case but this is not a picture which could ever have been envisaged in 2010.
Maybe there are some good stories emerging out of the current mess? Perhaps there are also some postiive changes which all industries and businesses may see as a result in the near future?