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  • Tories push positive action for minorities at Whitehall

    by Sunny
    2nd May, 2010 at 3:08 am    

    Was sent this press release last week…

    In a major speech to the Operation Black Vote rally at Methodist Central Hall in London, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne announced that a Conservative government will take tough action to tear down the racial barriers that exist in Britain today.

    He announced that the Conservatives will partner with Operation Black Vote to arrange internships in every single Whitehall department for young people from ethnic minority backgrounds. This new announcement is on top of our recent policy commitment to launch a multi-million pound government mentoring scheme for would-be black entrepreneurs.

    I can hear the right-wingers gnashing their teeth already.

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    1. boyo — on 2nd May, 2010 at 8:13 am  

      Sigh… well your support for the Tories is well known. Remind me where the “progressive” bit comes in?

    2. Raven — on 2nd May, 2010 at 9:30 am  

      That sounds all good. But at a local level some Tory candidates are playing on people’s fears and prejudices - the Tory PPC in my Labour marginal has some dodgy comments on his website, virtually equating immigrants with criminals…

    3. dave bones — on 2nd May, 2010 at 1:58 pm  

      It will be interesting if the Torys win to see if Cameron starts to inflict some progressive policies on his party with support from Lib/Labs and Greens.

    4. Wilfie — on 2nd May, 2010 at 7:02 pm  

      “I can hear the right-wingers gnashing their teeth already.”

      And left-wingers. I personally want to see the Tories and their authoritarian agenda getting as little support as possible.

    5. Kulvinder — on 2nd May, 2010 at 7:58 pm  

      I’m not sure whether id be condemning or wishing well a gay person who got accepted on such a scheme.

      So i guess ‘compassionate conservatism’ means turning away from outright homophobia towards a patronising ‘caring’ future where you ‘heal’ the queers.

      Its a dilemma of whether i vote tory as some of their civil libertarian policies, and undoing of labour’s shitty laws is on balance better than the homophobia in their ranks; or whether i vote labour in the knowledge im at least being as equally fucked over as my gay friends…

    6. sofia — on 3rd May, 2010 at 11:16 am  

      I don’t know why these people wait till election time (well actually I do) but it pisses me off that they wait till this time to announce something that is actually very easy to do…i spent a whole day at portcullis house a year ago and most of the people from ethnic minorities there were either catering or cleaning staff…it really made me think who actually holds power in this country and this is just pathetic lip service..if you want to do something about injustice don’t announce it a week before an election..get off your arse and do it now.

    7. rubber neck — on 3rd May, 2010 at 10:32 pm  

      So when the BNP announce Operation White Vote we wont see any accusations of racism on here I presume?

      I heard both Cameron and Clegg speeches and I thought it was incitement to racial hatred; they didn’t cite any evidence for their claims about employment etc and the fact is that ethnic minorities already have a legal advantage over non-ethnic minorities in this country, in fact the only people that aren’t protected against discrimination by so-called equality and employment laws are heterosexual able-bodied white men.

      The reason that more black people are stopped and searched is because they are hugely disproportionately involved in street crime such as shootings, knifings and muggings; already the police are stopping white people purely to make up the numbers.

      All of this reeks of ghetto politics and will not help anyone done the line when all the divisions that have been put into place politically, legally and culturally start to rub against the grain.

    8. sofia — on 4th May, 2010 at 12:58 pm  

      Rubber neck - there is no ‘legal advantage of people from ethnic minorities so get your facts straight. If us brownies were actually not being discriminated against then we wouldn’t need things like the race relations act or the single equality act. The latter is there to protect everyone doh! not just people from ethnic minorities.

      It’s funny how you cite crime and black people but then fail to see the knock on effects of this.
      Do you want the stats on mental health and the disproportionate criminalisation of black people with mental health problems?? Or maybe you want to look at health inequalities and the disproportionate deaths of people from black and asian backgrounds from particular diseases - funny how they’re an afterthought in health policy.

    9. Cauldron — on 5th May, 2010 at 5:47 am  

      Left-wingers might be gnashing their teeth too. How dare the Tories make a pitch for ethnic voters? Every sane person knows that Leftists are the sole legitimate representatives of all non-white peoples. Anyone who dare thinks otherwise is clearly an uncle Tom, coconut or imperialist lackey.

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