Sentamu had been at Bishopthorpe Palace since late 2005. All his predecessors, going back to Cosmo Gordon Lang, had been made life peers, three of them from York, and three who had gone from York to become Archbishop of Canterbury. The excuse advanced by the Government is that they have to cut back on the number of peers in the Lords.
Yet Bozo and his pals have managed to find room for Zac Goldsmith, rejected by his electorate, who ran a viciously racist London Mayoral campaign in 2016 against Sadiq Khan, Jo Johnson, whose distinguished service includes his being Bozo’s brother, Claire Fox, an unrepentant and unapologetic terrorist sympathiser, and various others.
He also allowed the ennoblement of Ian Austin, whose sole recent contribution to politics was a floor crossing that shat all over all those Labour activists and volunteers upon whom he depended every time a General Election came round. There was also John Woodcock, who moaned endlessly about Rotten Lefties, but managed to miss that the decision to stand down as an MP and leave Labour was entirely at his own discretion.
And there was a peerage for Kate Phooey, who had not been on the same wavelength as her Remain-majority constituency for many years, and whose new found pals include Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage. They all got into the Lords. So what is it about all of those people that makes them different to John Sentamu?
What sets him apart from them, in the eyes of a Prime Minister who used the N-Word to refer to a black parking warden, who “suggested that Malaysian women only go to university ‘to find men to marry’”, who “labeled black Africans ‘piccaninnies’ with ‘watermelon smiles’”, who suggested that Barack Obama had an “ancestral dislike” of the UK because he was “Half Kenyan”, who said that British colonialism in Africa was "not a blot upon our conscience … The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more”, and made a series of anti-Islam assertions?
There is a straightforward and very obvious answer: those Bozo sends willingly to the Lords are white, and Sentamu is not. Bozo has consistently had problems with claims of racism for many years. This latest episode should come as no surprise.
The Lords would not be full up if one of Bozo’s pals wanted to get in. Ah, memories of all those 1960s boarding houses, eh? Some politicians grow up. Bozo is not among them.
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