There's nothing the left hate more than a black person who does well in the Tory party. They look at successful black or Asian Tories and shake their heads in bewilderment at how such itelligent people can't see what they perceive as the real truth. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown gave the game away a couple of weeks ago when she referred to black Tories as "Uncle Toms". It may have been an appalling thing to say, but she was merely giving voice to a widely held view on the left. If you're black and you're a Tory, you've sold out.
And that explains in part what's happened to Ray Lewis over the last forty eight hours. Several commenters (anonymous, natch) have tried to compare Ray Lewis's situation to that of Lee Jasper. The difference between the two is that Jasper was found to have mishandled financial matters (and still did not resign) and only went after sexually charged emails were produced. It took months, if not years, for the media to wake up to Jasper. Yet in the case of Ray Lewis he was tried and charged by the media within hours of allegations being made. Lewis came out fighing, denied everything but in doing so probably made matters worse for himself. And for Boris. He should have known that every word he said would be pored over for an inaccuracy. He appeared to make out he was a magistrate, when the truth is that he has ben approved for magistracy - a slight difference, but enough of a difference to cost him his job.
Having now caught up with what's been written about the allegations I am still somewhat mystified. He's never been charged with anything by the Police. He's supposed to have taken money from a woman and then paid it back with interest a few years later. She's obviously so upset by the experience that she now works for Ray Lewis at the Eastside Young Leaders' Academy. You couldn't make it up. He's also accused of an as yet undetailed sexual misconduct allegation.
Like everyone reading this (whether they care to admit it or not), I have absolutely no idea if Ray Lewis is innocent or guilty of what he is accused of. He has resigned to clear his name and now awaits the outcome of an inquiry to be led by Martin Narey of Barnardo's. If he is cleared of all the allegations, Boris would be quite right to restore him to his position of Deputy Mayor. But if he does, Lewis will be fully aware that he is now Public Enemy Number One by the 'Uncle Tom' hating leftists. That in itself may mean he feels taking up his position again is just not worth the candle.
But through all of this, I have one thing in the back of my mind - the hundreds of black kids who have graduated from the Eastside Young Leaders Academy who Ray Lewis saved from a life of crime. Whatever the outcome of the Narey Inquiry, I for one shall not lose sight of the amazing work Ray Lewis has done with these kids over the last five years.
WARNING: I am well aware that this post will attract a lot of hateful comments both about myself and Ray Lewis. Be warned that anything anonymous which is abusive or insulting is liable to be deleted without explanation.