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  • Want to shadow an MP to learn more about politics?


    by Sunny
    8th February, 2010 at 4:23 pm    

    Operation Black Vote have launched their MP shadowing scheme again.

    The MP Shadowing Scheme is looking for 25 BME individuals from across the country to gain an invaluable insight into the roles and responsibilities of an MP. MP Shadows will spend six months shadowing high level MPs from the three main political parties.

    In their role as Parliamentary Ambassadors, participants will also play a vital role helping to raise awareness amongst Black and minority ethnic communities about our democratic institutions.
    Check out: http://www.obv.org.uk


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    1. Tory-Powelite — on 8th February, 2010 at 6:16 pm  

      What about Operation White Vote?

      Oh wait, we call that the BNP.

      What I particularly like about the application form is this:

      “OBV is committed to promoting equal opportunities and to ensure that the equal opportunities policy is effective, it necessitates the collection of information regarding the applicant’s ethnic origin, faith, gender, and disability. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence.

      Gender(s)….

      Race(s) ……

      etc etc
      ————————————

      Interesting they need information about someones race at the first stage of the application process if it doesn’t effect the recruitment process. Im sure it wont effect the recruitment process at all, LOL.

    2. Cauldron — on 9th February, 2010 at 4:03 am  

      By its very existence, OBV promotes race-based consciousness. How repugnant.

    3. Sunny — on 9th February, 2010 at 11:15 am  

      By its very existence, OBV promotes race-based consciousness. How repugnant.

      Race exists - get over it. The question is - how does racism exist? That is a separate issue.

      Same goes for idiots like Tory Powellite above. The big difference between OBV and the BNP is that the former are not a bunch of racist thugs who espouse racial supremacy.

    4. lemontea — on 9th February, 2010 at 12:51 pm  

      This kind of thing should focus on under privileged people no matter what their race.

      To focus only on race does not help the wider community relations. Seen by comments above the Neanderthal racists will jump on this like a trampoline and say look they only helping the coloured people even though this project is clearly done in order to get ethnic minorities more involved in politics!

      Somehow i think britain having an obama moment is not gonna happen in my lifetime!

    5. Abdul Abbulbul Emir — on 9th February, 2010 at 1:49 pm  

      The big difference between OBV and the BNP is that the former are not a bunch of racist thugs who espouse racial supremacy.

      Mr Sunny

      Mrs A begs to differ.

      She says:

      Both are two sides of the same coin pandering to different though perhaps justifiable loyalties.

      However OBV is a successful sting perpetrated on guilt ridden Whiteys to access tax payer funds.

      BNP has not yet managed to achieve this.

      Hopefully Abdul this nonsense will stop in the aftermath of the Ali Dizaei scandal now the Whiteys are finally waking up to all this race bullsh*t.

      It has taken them such a long time.

      Peace

    6. mungypungy — on 9th February, 2010 at 5:16 pm  

      I don’t get who this is aimed at and why it exists.

      Those ethnic minorities interested in politics enough to want to pursue it as a career are smart enough to do so without a leg up, and I personally would resent the fact that - if one day I make it into politics - it’s considered to be because of my race rather than my background.

      Those who aren’t interested wouldn’t bother to apply.

      So what does this achieve, aside from making those of us looking into careers in this area out of some sense of civic duty, feel like the “special” kids who have to be given extra time at exams?

    7. Cauldron — on 10th February, 2010 at 3:33 am  

      OK Sunny @3, let me re-phrase.

      OBV is counter-productive and does more to promote racism than stamp it out:

      1) By its very existence it is endorsing race-based segregation in social institutions.

      2) It feeds into the “ethnics have special privileges” narrative, feeding the (mostly imagined) grievances of those in society most inclined to embrace racism.

      I realise that the idea of a colour-blind polity is anathema to those whose careers depend on fostering a sense of race-based grievance. But surely the only logical way to fight the concept of race-based distinction is to fight ALL forms of racism, not just some forms.

    8. Bob — on 5th March, 2010 at 9:31 pm  

      I dont agree with the above,

      OBV IS about equality and equal representation.
      It is opening a gateway for people who to explore this arena and understand how political stuctures work.

      for some it may be the first time they have even thought about being involved in politics.

      yes those who are interested will find a way in…but how about those who posess the skills, qualities and drive who havent considered a career in politics but could do a damn good job…!
      the OBV opportunity would be ideal for them to gain a good understanding and also instilling ‘a can do’ attitude.

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