Rishi Sunak is launching a fierce assault on “left-wing agitators” undermining British historical past and traditions, as he tries to stop a possible defeat within the Tory management race.
The former chancellor entered the competition arguing the nation has “had enough of division”, in what was seen as a promise to dial down the tradition wars of the Boris Johnson years
But, with Liz Truss set to win the race for No 10 in accordance with polls of Tory members, Mr Sunak is switching tack – with a pledge to stamp out the “woke nonsense” he’s blaming on Labour’s Equality Act.
Speaking in West Sussex, he may also pledge to guard the usage of the phrases “women” and “mother”, linking it to his promise to guard the inexperienced belt from housebuilding.
“What’s the point in stopping the bulldozers in the green belt if we allow left-wing agitators to take a bulldozer to our history, our traditions and our fundamental values?” Mr Sunak will ask.
“Whether it’s pulling down statues of historic figures, replacing the school curriculum with anti-British propaganda, or rewriting the English language so we can’t even use words like ‘man’, ‘woman’ or ‘mother’ without being told we’re offending someone?”
He will declare he has “zero interest in fighting a so-called culture war”, arguing: “It’s not us who are the aggressors.”
But, Mr Sunak will add: “We are determined to end the brainwashing, the vandalism and the finger pointing.
“The worst offender in this regard is the 2010 Equality Act, conceived in the dog days of the last Labour government.
“It has been a Trojan horse that has allowed every kind of woke nonsense to permeate public life.”
The speech will echo the previous chancellor’s marked shift to the precise on different cultural points, in an obvious try and enchantment to the Conservative members who’re deciding the competition.
His hardline immigration plan would cap the variety of refugees allowed into the UK and withhold abroad assist from poor international locations refusing to take again failed asylum seekers.
Mr Sunak additionally desires to double the variety of international offenders deported and undermined his pitch because the “fiscally responsible” candidate with a U-turn on eradicating VAT from power payments.
He was additionally ridiculed for telling the primary occasion hustings that, regardless of Brexit, there isn’t any want for any commerce border between Britain and Northern Ireland.
Mr Sunak’s new plan would:
• Review the 2010 Equality Act and related steerage – to “make sure ‘mothers’ and ‘women’ are not erased from public life”
• Strengthen steerage on Relationships and Sex Education at school – to make sure youngsters are “shielded from inappropriate material”
• Amend the Public Sector Equality Duty – “putting a stop to practices such as no-platforming”.