James Purnell: Going into bat for minorities
Ethnic minorities could receive extra help during the recession following Government fears they will be hardest hit as the economy deteriorates.
Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell announced a controversial drive to ensure ethnic minority workers are not 'left behind'.
He warned that employment levels amongst ethnic minorities fell by ten percentage points in the 1990s recession, more than other groups.
Mr Purnell, announcing the initiative in a speech to Labour's Black Asian and Minority Ethnic annual general meeting in Leicester, said it was vital to ensure the mistakes of previous recessions were not repeated.
'In the past too many were left behind in bad times. Ethnic minority workers suffered most in the Tory recessions,' he said.
Further, it is reported:
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will assess the impact of unemployment on ethnic minorities, women, the disabled and older workers and advise ministers on steps to take.
Read the whole article HERE
How cynical; how divisive; how insulting. Add all these "minority" groups together and they become the majority, with one important group left as a "minority": younger white men.
But, as we saw with the launch of the Black and Asian campaign bus in Leicester last week, Labour are intent on exploiting those they deem to be their core voters and they don't care a toss who they discriminate against. Comparisons with previous recessions are worthless; for one thing, there were far less ethnic minorities here then (which Party overwhelmed us with immigrants later?); many of those could not speak English and were unemployable, while many others in Leicester alone were secretly employed in sweatshops run by their own people at starvation wages.
Women actually did rather better, as employers realised that they could dismiss men working full time, and employ women part-time on lower rates of pay.
We're all going to suffer in this recession; we should be pulling together, not disgracefully seeking to reward certain groups while wilfully neglecting others on racial, sexual, or other trumped up grounds to gain votes, as Labour actively do. The EHRC should be living up to it's name and telling the present Government how to act responsibly, not encourage them in this very unequal enterprise.
We welcome your comments on all articles; please keep them relevant, constructive, and, most importantly, ensure that they do not contravene the law in any way.