It’s time to bin this equalities red tape

Jul 23, 2014 by

by Dominic Raab MP, Conservative Home: In September 2011, the coalition put the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2010 into law. Three years on, they are a competitive candidate for the most daft piece of red-tape on the statute book. It’s time they were binned. The 2011 regulations were a hangover from Harriet Harman’s 2010 Equality Act. The aim was to force 40,000 public bodies – including schools, councils, police forces, government departments and quangos – to publish annual...

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The religion of peace and love (women’s special needs)

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Peter Mullen: The government declares that those who practise female genital mutilation (FGM) shall be prosecuted. It is hard to imagine how anyone could perpetrate such acts of cruelty and barbarism. Who are these people? FGM, like forced marriage, is a practice found principally among Muslims. Yet yesterday there was a five minutes’ discussion of this matter on The Today Programme but the word “Muslim” or the phrase “Islamic practices” were never mentioned. Ah but, the presenter did say...

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Conservative Minister praises film industry for ethnic and gay quota

Jul 8, 2014 by

by Andre Walker, Breitbart: Ed Vaizey, the Conservative Minister for Culture, has praised the British Film Institute (BFI) for demanding ethnic minority, women and gay quotas on the films they finance. BFI is the largest funder of films in the UK, and from September they will no longer finance projects that do not fill diversity quotas, according to the Daily Telegraph. The new “three ticks” scheme means that every film will have to fulfil two of the following requirements:...

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British Film Institute tells filmmakers to tick new diversity targets or miss funding

Jul 8, 2014 by

by Hannah Furness, Telegraph: Movie companies have been told they must meet new targets for ethnic minority, gay and female characters on screen to be eligible for future funding from the British Film Institute. The BFI, Britain’s largest public film fund, announced a “Three Ticks” scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding. Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must “tick” at least two of three criteria: on-screen diversity;...

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Bacon Tossing Will Now Land You In Prison

Jun 22, 2014 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: [...]  When I first heard about this, it was so overwhelmingly incredible, bizarre and mind-numbing, that I assumed it could not be a true story. But with even the BBC now getting into the act and reporting it, I guess it sadly is true. However I am still almost left without words over this. The story as one write-up has it goes like this: Two people who threw bacon and wrapped it around door handles at a mosque in Scotland were sent to prison on Friday....

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“British values” is a PC way of saying “Anglican values” or it’s nothing at all

Jun 16, 2014 by

By Andrew  Lilico, Conservative Home: [...]  But when folk talk of teaching “British values” in schools, I don’t think they have in mind a British constitution and politics class.  I think they mean some more narrow matter of socially acceptable conduct and morality, or perhaps of legal opinion.  On Newsnight recently, Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation repeatedly urged Ibrahim Hewitt to condemn the stoning of adulteresses.  I suspect he would contend that “British values” should include...

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