The Discrimination Bill – also known as the ‘Equality’ Bill

Even though this is Labour’s little ‘baby’, truth is Cameron’s lot are just as likely to go ahead with it if they win the next GE.

FROM THE TWISTED MIND OF HARRIET HARMAN, 07 Jan 2010:

October 2010

Most of the provisions of the [Discrimination Bill, known in ‘polite’ and deceitful circles as the] Equality Bill are expected to come into force as the Equality Act 2010. The purposes of this legislation are to harmonise the different strands of discrimination law and strengthen protection. Changes in the draft bill include:

  • Extending the prohibition on “associative and perceptive” discrimination and harassment to all discrimination strands. [I.e. If you were found guilty of discriminating against someone else and I perceived that you were discriminating against me, then you must have been!]
  • Employers will be explicitly liable for failing to prevent harassment by third parties. [I.e. Your employers will become the new Equality Thought Police to prevent themselves being heavily sued – thanks for your understanding, boss!]

Link to full article [England First – analysis]

The Equality Bill – It really is enough to make you weep

Even though this is Labour’s little ‘baby’, truth is Cameron’s lot are just as likely to go ahead with it if they win the next GE.

FROM THE TWISTED MIND OF HARRIET HARMAN, 07 Jan 2010:

October 2010

Most of the provisions of the [Discrimination Bill, known in ‘polite’ and deceitful circles as the] Equality Bill are expected to come into force as the Equality Act 2010. The purposes of this legislation are to harmonise the different strands of discrimination law and strengthen protection. Changes in the draft bill include:

  • Extending the prohibition on “associative and perceptive” discrimination and harassment to all discrimination strands. [I.e. If you were found guilty of discriminating against someone else and I perceived that you were discriminating against me, then you must have been!]
  • Employers will be explicitly liable for failing to prevent harassment by third parties. [I.e. Your employers will become the new Equality Thought Police to prevent themselves being heavily sued – thanks for your understanding, boss!]
  • Expanding the concept of positive action to allow employers to recruit or promote someone from an under-represented group where they have a choice between two or more “equally suitable” candidates. [I.e. More discrimination against white men, particularly white working-class men.]
  • Introducing the concept of a discrimination claim based on two combined characteristics where there may not be enough evidence to prove discrimination based on one characteristic alone. [“Iz it coz I iz a black queer?”]
  • Under the current proposals, there will be the potential for employees to claim direct sex discrimination in respect of pay and conditions based on a hypothetical comparator where there is no “equal” male-female. The majority of claims, therefore, should still be brought under the traditional equal pay concepts, rather than sex discrimination, but this new avenue will enable an individual to claim even where there is no actual comparator. [I.e. Where there wasn’t any evidence to prove sex discrimination in pay levels, all of a sudden we can invent it! Girl power!!]
  • An extension of age discrimination legislation to cover the provision of goods and services. [That one’s fair enough, actually.]
  • Introducing an “occupational requirement” defence across all protected characteristics and removing the job-specific “genuine occupational qualifications” in sex, gender reassignment and race cases. [I.e. Only only one-armed lesbian gypsies will be able to become One-Armed Lesbian Gypsy Outreach Workers. The rest of us won’t be able to complain we didn’t get the “job”… which is fair enough, actually… since we’ve got real jobs to be getting on with.]
  • Tribunals will be able to make recommendations that respondents who have lost discrimination claims take steps to remedy matters, not just for the benefit of the individual claimant, but also for the benefit of the wider workforce. Where the wider workforce is concerned, however, there is no remedy for failure to comply with the recommendation. [I.e. More tax-payers’ money will go to legal aid for lost cases to be resurrected for the ‘greater good’ of the poor and down-trodden victims, oops, minorities.]

Spare us the balloon slogans about freedom, identity, democracy and security…

Excellent 2006 article by Frank Kimbal Johnson reposted recently on the Guarding the Old Flag blog.

BLOGOSPHERE, 28 Dec 2009: There are ‘mostly other directed’ and ‘mostly inner directed’ people, and any amount of research has shown that the latter are quite a small minority of the population at any given time. There is a kind of social magnetism which draws people into ‘going with the flow’, as in crowd behaviour at outdoor and indoor events. On such occasions personal perceptions and judgement are usually submerged in the collective response. Hence the old Spanish saying that shepherds may change, but sheep remain sheep. But however rugged one’s individuality, the fact is we are all social animals and therefore obliged to take some interest in the way our society is governed. Neglect of this responsibility leaves the field open to career politicians with the ingrained conceit that they know best what everybody else should be doing and what matters most in the world. They like to call this megalomania ‘leadership’, when all it usually amounts to is self-serving bossiness and exploitation of the gullible via largely complicit mass media.

So when you hear someone disclaiming any interest in politics, you are probably in the company of sheep. Such complacency is of course fostered by bland assurances that British democracy is designed to protect the public good and ensure our most cherished traditions and aspirations inform government policy. Added to which we have the opportunity to choose between main contenders for political office at approximately five-year intervals, thus giving us the kind of government most people want.

So much for the theory. What really happens is that, over the years, certain factions contrive to subordinate the public to an ‘Establishment’ deeply entrenched behind complex legalistic barricades, and with its own self-serving agenda and priorities.

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UK population to reach an unsustainable 70 million – immigration will be the cause

A Texan CPA crunches the numbers on the UK’s immigration crisis…

BLOGOSPHERE, 23 Dec 2009: First, on the government’s own figures, the population of the UK is likely to hit 70m by 2030. Immigration would account for 70 per cent on the increase, directly and via births from immigrant parents.

The assumption here is that the net inflow would continue at 190,000 a year. It might be higher: government actuaries have, in the past, tended to underestimate the immigration rate. …

Third, net immigration from outside the European Union, which is, in principle, subject to control, has dominated the net inflow: this has been running at around 200,000 a year since 2000. Asylum seekers have become a small part of the total. … Already, just over half of inner London school pupils have a first language other than English.

Continuing immigration will transform populations in many areas. Such changes are significant. Are they desirable?

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First English whisky in a century to go on sale

The first whisky to be made in England in more than a century will go on sale on Wednesday.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8 Dec 2009: The single malt Chapter 6 made by the English Whisky CoIt is made at the St George’s Distillery by the River Thet, in the village of Roudham, Norfolk. Bottles of the whisky carry a picture of St George slaying the dragon.

The distillery was officially opened in March 2007 by Prince Charles. The project has cost £2.5 million so far.

The barley is from the East Anglia region, while the water comes from the Breckland aquifer, via a 160 foot borehole in the garden.

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90 illegal immigrants arrested at 2012 Olympics site

More than 90 people have been arrested after a crackdown on unlawful working at the 2012 Olympic Games site, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4 Dec 2009: Officers from the UKBA, who are based permanently at the site in Stratford, east London, made 93 arrests between April and late November, 85 of which involved suspected immigration offences.

A total of 41 people were arrested after using fake passports or other false documents. It is understood 23 people have already been removed from the UK.

The arrests will highlight protesters’ claims that 2012 bosses are using cheap agency workers, often from overseas, in breach of labour agreements.

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Bank bail-out: every family shouldering £4,350 tax liability

Every family in the country is now facing a tax liability of £4,350 to prop up Britain’s banking system.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4 Nov 2009: Alistair Darling yesterday unveiled the biggest bail-out of any bank in history.

The Chancellor confirmed that the Government would pump an extra £25.5 billion into Royal Bank of Scotland, declaring that this was the only way to keep it alive.

Taxpayers have now poured a total of £53.5 billion into RBS alone, including the £20 billion part-nationalisation last year and another £8 billion set aside yesterday as insurance against further trouble in the future.

In total, the Government has now pumped £74 billion of taxpayers’ money into the banks since the start of the financial crisis a year ago.

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Waiting for the tap on the shoulder

“He knew he didn’t have the right to work, but he never quite got round to applying for the right to work or leave to remain.” The Guardian suggests we are to feel sorry for ‘John’ in his plight.  What of the native worker who’s job he took – are we not to feel sorry for them?

GUARDIAN, 26Sep09: The controversy over Lady Scotland’s housekeeper has highlighted the plight of the thousands of ‘undocumented workers’ who live in constant fear of being deported.

It’s 9.20pm and John is so knackered he’s finding it hard to talk. He’s on his third bus of the evening, travelling from central London to Croydon, Surrey. Six months ago it took him 45 minutes to get home from work on the tube. Now that he can’t afford such a luxury it can take three hours. Back then he had a good job as an IT manager earning £29,000. He had worked at the same place for 15 years, climbed the ladder and was highly regarded by his colleagues. Now he’s doing a similar job for another company and half the money. He is in debt, and terrified that he could be deported or imprisoned for fraud.

He is one of the many visible invisibles in Britain’s workforce – the people we see every day at work that we chat away to, oblivious to the fact they are undocumented, waiting for the dreaded tap on the shoulder.

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The Baroness Scotland scandal exposes an immigration system wide open to abuse

In the same week that the Office of National Statistics announced 3.7million foreign-born people – more than one in ten of the entire workforce – are now employed in the UK, Britain’s immigration system is exposed as wide open to abuse.

DAILY MAIL, 18Sep09: Jafar is a handsome and well-dressed Sudanese with a smattering of English, which improves every day he stays in this country.

During the day he works as a labourer on a giant construction site overlooking the quayside of the old ship canal in Salford, soon to become the multi-million-pound northern headquarters of the BBC.

In his spare time, he attends English classes for six hours a week at Salford College, a bus-ride away from the council flat he shares with a fellow student from the same poverty-stricken part of eastern Africa.

Jafar is one of thousands of foreigners – many from countries with no historical links to Britain – who over the past decade have come to Britain and been given visas to study here and as well as a National Insurance number (NINO) which is crucial if they want to get a job.

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I won't put a cap on immigration vows the Home Secretary

DAILY MAIL, 15Jul09:  Home Secretary Alan Johnson last night refused point blank to cap the number of immigrants coming to Britain.  And he said he does not ‘lie awake at night’ worrying about the population hitting 70million.  Official figures show at the current rate of increase the British population will hit the milestone within 20 years, with a further seven million immigrants placing a burden on public services.  Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has pledged that the Government will not allow the population to grow to that level. But last night he was apparently undermined by his boss.

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