Penny Mordaunt criticises 'smears' against her Tory leadership campaign
As the process to whittle down the candidates for leader of the Conservative Party continues, the
are really demonstrating that they want to continue focussing on the people’s priorities – by arguing about whether any of the MPs standing are “woke”.
’ is defined as being “alert to injustice in society, especially racism”, which is a good thing. However, the right have appropriated the term as a pejorative, with attorney general Suella Braverman being the latest to use it.
after she was booted out of the leadership contest earlier this week, the Hampshire MP said: “My view of Penny is that she is woke, yes. I have no disrespect to her for her woke views, but I think we should call it out for what it is.”
Ms Mordaunt had previously
penned a Twitter thread
in which she answered the question “do I know what a woman is” by arguing trans women who have their gender legally recognised are not biological women, and that in her time working in the Government Equalities Office she “challenged the trans orthodoxy with real and genuine concern”.
Because this is obviously a kind, caring and considerate way to describe an oppressed, minority community, Penny. Good lord.
\u201c@lara_spirit @TimesRadio Can we stop with this culture war shit now?\n\nWoke is an English\u00a0adjective\u00a0meaning "alert\u00a0to\u00a0racial prejudice\u00a0and\u00a0discrimination" that originated in\u00a0African-American Vernacular English\u00a0(AAVE).\u201d
\u201ca reminder that the word \u201cwoke\u201d began life when being used by black women to get people to become more aware of racism in our society. the word is now devoid of meaning because it\u2019s been used by certain outfits as a criticism, rather than it\u2019s original meaning.\u201d
— David Chipakupaku \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc63\udb40\udc74\udb40\udc7f\ud83c\uddff\ud83c\uddf2 (@David Chipakupaku \ud83c\udff4\udb40\udc67\udb40\udc62\udb40\udc73\udb40\udc63\udb40\udc74\udb40\udc7f\ud83c\uddff\ud83c\uddf2)
\u201cDo the vast majority of voters even know what \u201cwoke\u201d means?\u201d
\u201cWhenever anyone of these right wing MPs say they\u2019re anti- \u2018woke\u2019 they should be challenged by interviewer if they\u2019re anti social justice/ equalities/ anti-disability\u2019s rights/ opposed to anti- racist legislation. Pin them down on this stupid phrase. #wokeandproud\u201d