Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Policy hangover from Labour....

Labour's idea of 'equality' in action once again:

Council bans white candidates from training programme
A council has banned white people from applying for an £18,000-a-year traineeship because it wants to boost staff diversity.

This has been widely discussed on Sky News and on various internet forums/blogs this morning. Many people have said that it is racist. I disagree, it is discriminatory, but definately not racist. However, racism could be a factor here as to how this council found itself in a position where it needed to offer such a traineeship. Just have a look at the comments from the council....

James Easey, a spokesman for the council, said: "This is the third year of running the traineeship and it was started because of the marked under-representation of ethnic minority people in the council's workforce".

"The normal recruitment process was not rectifying this unacceptably low trend so there was a strong case for this small positive recruitment traineeship for two ethnic minority graduates a year".

- why was there an 'under-representation' in the first place? Maybe the people in charge of recruitment for this council were racist. If so, shouldn't we be using resources to tackle this council's racism. Also, what if the under-representation was down to the fact that people from ethnic minorities quite simply didn't want to apply for jobs with the local council?

Diversity & Integration is something that cannot be forced. People have to want it for it to happen. Crap like this does nothing for 'boosting diversity', in fact it does the complete opposite.

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