Tory election guru Lynton Crosby says support for the Black Lives Matter and MeToo movements were down to the media stoking up a “mob mentality.”
The Australian strategist, dubbed the ‘Wizard of Oz’ had a run of successful campaigns including the 2008 and 2012 London Mayoral elections, followed by the 2015 general election.
But he was also in charge of the disastrous 2016 London mayoral election and 2017 general election, which saw Theresa May lose 13 seats.
In an interview with Sky News, he warned coverage of ‘issues’ “alienates many, many voters.”
He also dismissed the dramatic drop in Boris Johnson’s poll numbers after chief aide Dominic Cummings was accused of breaking lockdown rules, saying it was another example of the ‘mob’.
Sir Lynton, who has previously called for opinion polls to be banned in the final weeks of a campaign, added: “I despair about the focus on public opinion polls – they’re just pop quizzes.”
He went on: “They don’t truly reflect underlying sentiment. You tend to get a period when there’s a mob mentality in the media.
“One minute it might be what Dominic Cummings has done.
“The next, understandably something like Black Lives Matter, then before that we had the Arab Spring – where apparently the whole Middle East was going to change in four months… and things have gone pretty much back to the way they were – and the #MeToo movement and all of these things.
“I just think there’s a tendency to grab issues and elevate the intensity of debate around them in a way that actually alienates many, many voters.”
But he went on to claim the Black Lives Matter movement could go on to decide the 2020 US presidential election.
He said: “One of the things that I think President Trump was counting on was suppressed black and minority, Hispanic and so forth, turnout,” he said.
“The question now is, what does this focus on issues of race in America mean for the turnout of those groups at the next election?”