Well it would certainly be one over on the US, wouldn't it? "HEY YOU, OUR LEADER IS TWO MINORITIES ROLLED INTO ONE"*
Who cares if she is black? She is a woman .
OMG it's one thing if your a woman going into parliament - (because of the example Maggie set - cow) but its another thing entirely if your a BLACK woman going into parliament. HA. Britain would rather face Hitler again than vote a black woman PM. LOOOOOOL. Dont get me wrong if her policies are good then i would love for her to become PM but come on....Never going to happen.
I'd love to see a black PM, but I hope to god it's someone competent. Read: Not Diane Abbott.
I am an American, so I can't speak directly about Britain. However, I think, in general, people focus too much on race. For example, with Obama, I realize it was historic and reason for many people to celebrate. However, I wish that our history was different. I wish our history had happened so that it wasn't historic because race didn't matter. I'm afraid many people my age (college students) mostly voted for Obama because it was the cool thing to do. I'm afraid many may have voted for him because of his race. Granted, that's not any worse than voting against him because of his race. But, bottom line, I wish it didn't matter.
I think people like to vote for someone like them. For example, citizens vote for a candidate that shares their values and ideals. That's fine. However, I think a lot of people vote on somebody (or vote against them) based on whether or not that candidate looks like them.
I can't speak for Britain directly, but I think people have this instinct to vote for someone like them. If that does change, it'll be a fairly gradual one. Racism and sexism is something that should disgust us, but at the same time, it's fairly common, even if people don't verbalize it.
I hope some day race and sex of a candidate don't matter, but I doubt that day comes for a long time. Whether the racism and sexism is for or against a candidate, I don't think it's right either way, and I hope some day race and sex don't matter. People should vote for the best candidate (in any election).