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With 40.52 per cent of the vote, Kemi Badenoch’s Commons speech on critical race theory is the favourite among our panelists. Many will remember in October Badenoch declared the theory a “dangerous trend in race relations… an ideology that sees my blackness as victimhood and their whiteness as oppression.”
She warned that the Government stands “unequivocally against [it]”, and that any school that teaches “elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law”. To see the full speech, follow this link.
Liz Truss is not far behind with 33.73 per cent of the vote for her speech on the “Fight for Fairness”, which also tackles identity politics and sets out a “new approach to equality in this country” that would “be about individual dignity and humanity, not quotas and targets, or equality of outcome.” Her speech can be seen in full here.
Michael Gove’s Ditchley Annual Lecture has also been highly regarded, as has Alex Chalk’s demolition of David Lammy over the Mental Capacity Act. Out of the other speeches, it got the least publicity of all, so we’ve pasted it below: