Will Operation Black Vote Defend Lee Jasper Again?

Lee Jasper’s racist Twitter outbursts are rumbling on. It seems the disgraced former City Hall aide is running out of friends. One person that constantly stands by him though is Simon Woolley, the leader of Operation Black Vote, the campaign to get more black people involved in politics. Last month when Jasper came under fire for comparing the British police to Apartheid South Africans. In response to Woolley said:

“There have been times throughout our history when politicians, newspapers and funders have indicated that if we cast aside Lee Jasper we will gain their support and funding. I’m pleased to say at every juncture that has occurred we’ve showed them the door. Without integrity we have no organisation. Keep with us and spread the word. Our strength is in our unity. “

Does this still apply given Jasper’s latest tirades against “white boys”?

Guido wouldn’t normally care who or what a private organisation chooses to condemn or support, but Freedom of Information requests shine an important light on Operation Black Vote:

  • In July 2009 OBV was allocated £271,228.00 grant funding for the period July 2009 to March 2011 by Communities and Local Government to promote civic and political representation in minority ethnic communities.
  • OBV has also received departmental funding of £85,000 in 2009-10 and £85,000 in 2010-11 for their MP Shadowing Scheme.
  • Between April 2006 and March 2009, OBV received grants totalling £448,510.00.

OBV pretend to be politically neutral, yet backed Diane Abbott’s leadership campaign and Yes2AV. Given that they choose to hug left-wing agitators and race-agitators like Lee Jasper close to their chest, why exactly should we all pick up the tab? If they do nothing about Jasper then it’s time to reconsider that taxpayer funding…




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