Labour’s plan to foist DEI on Britain

Feb 12, 2024 by

by Tom Slater, spiked:

Keir Starmer’s Race Equality Act embodies all that is wrong with woke identity politics.

Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has a well-deserved reputation for u-turns. The man who campaigned to be Labour leader as a faux-Corbynite only to run the party like a New Labour tribute act is willing to junk any policy he thinks won’t endear him to the electorate or big business or whoever else his pre-election charm offensive is trained on this week. His £28-billion-a-year climate-investment pledge is the latest one to hit the bottom of the recycling bin. Meanwhile, it is striking that the policies Starmer seems most keen to cling on to may well be the worst of the lot.

So it is with his pledge to decarbonise the electricity grid by 2030. A plan he will no doubt expend huge amounts of time and money failing to achieve. And so it is with his Race Equality Act, which was unveiled this week following years of work in the background. I say unveiled. The details are still a bit thin. But what we do know suggests the proposed law would do nothing to solve racial inequality while ratcheting up racial tensions. Four years after he posed for that infamous photograph, ‘taking the knee’ in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests, Starmer seems poised to institutionalise BLM ideology with a technocratic gloss.

Of course, the Race Equality Act sounds like something only a monster could oppose. It would ‘enshrine in law the full right to equal pay for black, Asian and ethnic-minority people, as well as disabled people’, we’re told. But if you’re wondering why that wasn’t already the case, that is because it is already the case. It fell to the Tories’ no-nonsense equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch, to burst Labour’s bubble this week. ‘It is obviously already illegal to pay someone less because of their race’, she said.

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