Thursday, 12 March 2015

Anti-race-discrimination legislation

I have doubts about how effective laws against discrimination on grounds of race have been, given the range of existing statute and precedent which were and still are available. It struck me as gesture politics at the time of their introduction.

However, to repeal them now, as Nigel Farage is said to propose, would be wrong. It would send out the signal that it is all right to use race, colour or creed as a factor in judging a person's fitness. As recent performances by the Chelsea Shed have demonstrated, the "race question" is still very much with us.