Well over a century ago. Erm but not sure if a practising member of the Church of England can be described as Jewish based on his birth and ancestry. Note: Occasionally us dirty colonials read books when there is nothing better to do.
Why should skin colour come into it?
Should be best Man or woman for the job regardless of race.
How many people in the US voted for Obama simply because of his skin colour? Many probably have no idea about his policies.
Now if you voted for Obama just because he is 1/2 black you therefor voted against McCain because he is white, now that is racism in my book (or does it only work the other way round?)
we currently elect minorities, but not racial - people whose school fees as children were more than most people in the UK earn - Blair(Fettes?) and the current leader of the opposition (Cameron) who went to Eton.
Well you obviously know nothing about the Oppression Matrix Scorecard.
One black male (remember full or half he is considered black) trumps a Jewish lesbian.
Now a black Jewish lesbian--well you give 'em a permanent handicap (break a knee cap or snap a spine) put them in a wheelchair--and you have reached near the top of the 'elect the oppressed and be morally superior' mountains.
A Stephen Hawkings type-diseased, electric wheelchair bound, talking-through-an-electric-box black lesbian Jew...dear God that's just crazy talk. Perhaps legend, perhaps the stuff of myth.
It would be the Holy Grail of using an 'elected oppressed' as a badge of moral triumph. National virtuosity and righteousness taken to unimaginable levels.
You could, if you had one as PM, take the Mount Everest of moral high ground on the world.
Of course you'll need oxygen and some don't make it back down alive.
[PS; Retardation doesn't figure in on the Oppression Matrix Scorecard. Far too common a malady among the elected.]
We don't elect our Monarch Virgil.
As for a minority Priminister, why on earth would we elect one? The USA has a different balance of races than Britain does. Obama got a significant portion of votes simply because he is black, the percentage of ethnic minorities in Britain is much smaller therefor there is less chance of a minorty PM getting votes purely on skin colour.