Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ethnic Minorities 'No Longer Always Disadvantaged'

Well, looking at Lord Ouseley (pictured), that's certainly true. I think this story represents some progress, although, being the BBC, it's littered with some of the usual liberal nonsense and newspeak.

The Labour government knows it's on its way out, and so is trying to implement some new "equality legislation" through before the election, determined as they are to fuck up the country majorly before the Tories are given the chance to fix it (or try to).

One of the reasons Mrs.Thatcher's medicine was so hard to swallow in the 1980s was that the Labour government had done so much damage it was like trying to remove a brain tumour. With a shovel.

Interesting how Denham thinks diversity is the answer to "racial discrimination". What a twat. Oh, and "government action" helps too, apparently.

I am reminded of the P. J. O'Rourke quote:

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. "

The Labour government loves using your money to tell you how racist you are. I hope all of you in the UK will remember this come election day.

Lord Ouseley's comment at the end of the story is worth taking note of, too. It takes a very "special" type of person to see racial "disparities in .. the prison population" as being a fault in the system, rather than in the criminals.


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Being black or Asian in the UK no longer means you will be automatically disadvantaged, Communities Secretary John Denham will say in a speech later.

He says progress made since 2000 means that, while racial discrimination still exists, disadvantage is now more linked to poverty, class and identity.

Mr Denham says the problems of white working class areas must be tackled.

The government is trying to get a major equalities bill through Parliament before the election.

'New trends'

Launching a review of government policy on race on Thursday, Mr Denham will say that the UK is now so used to diversity that many of the historic problems with racial discrimination are fading, even if they are not yet dead.

In their place, he argues is a more complex and subtle challenge for policy makers and public services where people do not achieve their full potential because of other factors beyond their ethnicity.

Clearly there are still huge racial disadvantages in our society
Lord Ouseley, former chairman of Commission for Racial Equality


These include their social class, community and identity. While children with Chinese heritage tended to excel at school, boys from white working class areas were doing far worse.

"Britain today is not the same place as it was a decade ago," he says. "We therefore have to make sure that our efforts are tackling problems of today and not those of the past.

"New trends that are linked to race, class and identity make the situation much more complex.

"That does not mean that we should reduce our efforts to tackle racism and promote race equality but we must avoid a one-dimensional debate that assumes all minority ethnic people are disadvantaged.

"If the cause of disadvantage is social class, we will promote opportunity. And if the cause is a combination of racism and social class we will tackle both together."

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the decline in racism was due to people's changing attitudes but government action had also made a "huge difference".

"There is a lot still to be done before we are genuinely equal society but we should take comfort from real progress. We maintain our commitment to tackling racism and racial discrimination.

"We can also recognise though that disadvantage can be because of social class and that can affect people from black backgrounds, Asian backgrounds or white backgrounds.

"We are determined to tackle inequality that comes from social class with all the vigour that we tackle inequality that comes from race."

Hot spots targeted

The Department for Communities has already earmarked £12m to look at entrenched social problems in 130 predominantly white working class areas.

The move has been widely seen as an attempt by Labour Party leaders to counter the rise of the BNP, after criticism from within the party that it had failed to heed the warning signs of a backlash against new economic migration.

Mr Denham has denied claims that these areas have been forgotten - but has acknowledged that the far-right gains where people don't believe their grievances have been dealt with.

The government's Equalities Bill, currently in its final Parliamentary stages, is designed to change the way public services work by ordering them to take into account the needs of all groups in society.

Lord Ouseley, former chairman of the Racial Equality Commission and chairman of a campaign to end racism in football Kick It Out, said the government deserved praise for its actions over the past 12 years but added: "Clearly there are still huge racial disadvantages in our society."

"There is quite a considerable amount of hidden discrimination that still takes place in our society," he told Today, citing disparities in mental health provision and the prison population.

4 Opinion(s):

Leifur said...

Far-right? What? The BNP? Has anyone seriously looked at their policies? Quoting a great REAL conservative, Mr Daniel Hannan, on why the media is so ready to talk about the danger of the BNP:

"Above all, though, the BNP is used as an indirect weapon against the mainstream Right. You will have noticed that the party is almost never mentioned without the soubriquet “far Right”. The BNP doesn’t call itself Right-wing, of course. It favours nationalisation, higher taxes, protectionism and (though it keeps quiet about this) republicanism. It markets itself as “the Labour Party your parents voted for”. Its manifesto calls for “the selective exclusion of foreign-made goods from British markets and the reduction of foreign imports,” and promises to “restore our economy and land to British ownership” and “to give workers a stake in the success and prosperity of the enterprises whose profits their labour creates by encouraging worker shareholder and co-operative schemes”.

As Hayek wrote in 1944 in his brilliant chapter on “the socialist roots of Nazism”, the dispute between fascists and socialists is a dispute between brothers. Labour and the BNP are, in a sense, competing for the same sort of voter: one who believes in the power of the state. The one kind of voter whom both fascists and socialists regard as beyond persuasion is the small-government Tory.

The real purpose of banging on about the “far-Right BNP” is to damage, by association, the Conservatives. If hurting the Tories means giving the BNP enough free publicity to keep it alive, it’s a price some Lefties seem happy to pay."

Best wishes,

Leifur

Viking said...

absolutely, Leifur. And welcome back.

BNP takes disaffected Labour voters, and UKIP is for disaffected Tories.

I support the latter, although frequently speak out in favour of the BNP when they are being treated unfairly.

Anonymous said...

It is the white indigenous natives of the UK who are being treated unfairly.

Nobody asked their permission to hand over huge tracts of their land, and their taxes, their job opportunities, their social services etc, to foreigners.

This is in fact a crime against humanity, a kind of ethnic cleansing, and the perpetrators (I don't mean the immigrants, who were
also lied to, I mean the "establishment") should be held accountable by their own people.

And they will be.

The roots of fascism always lie in an existential threat to a whole people; and this is precisely what has been engineered in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

You would think educated people would learn from history, but they don't. The combination of arrogance and ignorance is ALWAYS LETHAL. And so it will prove to be; and in fact, with the London bombing atrocities, it has already been proven. And if you look where these people are radicalized, it is almost always London; witness the Nigerian Christmas Day bomber, Europe's 'gift' to the USA.

The situation in the UK is a dagger aimed at the heart not only of our own British people, but Western Civilization. All in the name of what? Politicians trying to look like Jesus? Bolstering the Labour vote? Other motives?

It is way past time to wake up.

Anon.

Anonymous said...

This guy sums it up well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt639tHtTRw&