The LibDems don't have a single black or minority ethnic MP, MEP, AM, MSP, or London Assembly member. They also don't have a single BME PPC, to my knowledge, in a winnable seat.
The Conservatives have recently selected five BME candidates in safe seats. After the election there will be at least eleven and probably 16 BME Tory MPs.
On the LibDem benches there will be none.
Nick Clegg has been leader of the LibDems for two years now. Is it too much to ask why he hasn't made a single speech on what he intends to do about making the LibDems elected politicians reflect the society they purport to represent?
UPDATE: The point of this post was to contrast what David Cameron has done with what Nick Clegg hasn't done. Cameron recognised there was a problem and addressed it - not by positiove discrimination, but by positive action. As a result, high calibre BME candidates have been selected. Clegg has said very little, and OBV have only been able to identify three seats where there is even a possibility of the LibDems electing a BME MP. I would submit that none of them are very likely to win.
When I talk to LibDem friends about this issue they all admit privately that it is an embarrassment for the Party that they have not made more progress in this area, and indeed on the selection of women. What a pity that in the comments LibDem supporters are behaving like ostriches and pretending it is a non issue. What's just as disappointing is the number of people on the right who clearly think it is a problem Cameron should not have bothered addressing.
UPDATE 1.15pm: Sunder Katwala has blogged HERE and agrees with me, while LibDem blogger Mark Thompson thinks electoral reform is the answer. Astonishibgly complacent. LibDems seem to think that electoral reform is the answer to most of our woes. It isn't. look at Italy.