Positive discrimination is still discrimination

I believe that everyone should have a fair chance, to that end I feel that there is much in the unified equalities bill that I agree with.

But I don’t like the idea that sex or skin colour should in itself give a candidate an advantage. I am black, my wife is a woman (clearly), we both agree that wherever we get to in life we get on merit. At the London Assembly I can look at any of the other members and know that I got there without any unfair advantage. In the commercial world it is even more important for people to be recruited and promoted only on merit.

These plans are stupid, unworkable and seek to tackle a problem decades too late.

6 responses to “Positive discrimination is still discrimination

  1. The Harman version of identity politics is a wrong headed and lazy mutation of socialism. Its advocates present themselves as championing the disadvantaged, but the effect is actually to limit social mobility – as with so much this government does.If a member of a favoured group gets preferrment then you may be sure that it won’t be at the expense of the well connected, well educated ‘elite’ that Harman et al bang on about – no, those who are required to sacrifice their career prospects to build Labour’s Nirvana are the people in the middle, the grammar school kids, the ambitious middle classes. What message does this legislation send to a white, male council house resident in Dagenham? It certainly isn’t positive – or inclusive.For those from non favoured groups self employment is looking increasingly attractive.Hope you’ve enjoyed your first few weeks on the Assembly, even though our Labour colleagues are wallowing in therapy rather than practising scrutiny.

  2. The Harman version of identity politics is a wrong headed and lazy mutation of socialism. Its advocates present themselves as championing the disadvantaged, but the effect is actually to limit social mobility – as with so much this government does.If a member of a favoured group gets preferrment then you may be sure that it won’t be at the expense of the well connected, well educated ‘elite’ that Harman et al bang on about – no, those who are required to sacrifice their career prospects to build Labour’s Nirvana are the people in the middle, the grammar school kids, the ambitious middle classes. What message does this legislation send to a white, male council house resident in Dagenham? It certainly isn’t positive – or inclusive.For those from non favoured groups self employment is looking increasingly attractive.Hope you’ve enjoyed your first few weeks on the Assembly, even though our Labour colleagues are wallowing in therapy rather than practising scrutiny.

  3. It seems to be perfectly reasonable to positively discriminate in favour of men in primary schools, where boys need male role models. Similarly there are situations where people from ethnic minorities will be the best candidates for particular jobs.However, messing about with insurance premiums will create a false market and penalise the majority and for the benefit of high risk groups (older people / young people).If the government really wanted to end age discrimination then they would abolish the lower rate of the minimum wage for people under 21. This discrimination may make it easier for an employer to employ young people but they will be out of a job when they cost too much and, at the same time, people over 21 will be discriminated against because they would have a higher wage. A single rate for the minimum is not being considered but it is the first area of discrimination that the government should tackle.And then in Scotland we have the Nationalist trying to prevent students from going to the off licence. The reality of the situation is that most anti-social behaviour relating to drink is not caused by people drinking at home, or at a friend’s house, but in pubs in city centres.While the governments of the UK talk about equality they implement ludicrous laws that are clearly discriminatory.

  4. It seems to be perfectly reasonable to positively discriminate in favour of men in primary schools, where boys need male role models. Similarly there are situations where people from ethnic minorities will be the best candidates for particular jobs.However, messing about with insurance premiums will create a false market and penalise the majority and for the benefit of high risk groups (older people / young people).If the government really wanted to end age discrimination then they would abolish the lower rate of the minimum wage for people under 21. This discrimination may make it easier for an employer to employ young people but they will be out of a job when they cost too much and, at the same time, people over 21 will be discriminated against because they would have a higher wage. A single rate for the minimum is not being considered but it is the first area of discrimination that the government should tackle.And then in Scotland we have the Nationalist trying to prevent students from going to the off licence. The reality of the situation is that most anti-social behaviour relating to drink is not caused by people drinking at home, or at a friend’s house, but in pubs in city centres.While the governments of the UK talk about equality they implement ludicrous laws that are clearly discriminatory.

  5. I have just finished working with the army. There are now a few non-white soldiers who are in senior positions within the Regimental structure. More importantly, they are BLOODY good at what they do. I know that when I see a black Regimental Sergeant Major or Colonel (QM), I know that they are ther because they are good not because they are black. That knowledge means I have confidence in enagaging with them, and that in turn breaks down the barriers more. If I had a sniff of posotive discrimentation, I would keep them at arms length when worig with them. This system will only be more devicive.

  6. I have just finished working with the army. There are now a few non-white soldiers who are in senior positions within the Regimental structure. More importantly, they are BLOODY good at what they do. I know that when I see a black Regimental Sergeant Major or Colonel (QM), I know that they are ther because they are good not because they are black. That knowledge means I have confidence in enagaging with them, and that in turn breaks down the barriers more. If I had a sniff of posotive discrimentation, I would keep them at arms length when worig with them. This system will only be more devicive.

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