Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Deal or No Deal?

So while I've been in London today having a very pleasant lunch with the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, I see the political elves have been busy and I discover over on the magical 'Worrows World,'  the following announcement, which will, no doubt, quite overshadow the council budget and any decision over Margate Football Club at the 19th January council meeting:

"Today, I was delighted to receive a telephone call from Clive Hart, the Leader of Thanet District Council, asking me to take on the role of TDC's Diversity Champion. In this new role I will be working together with the cabinet to help ensure that equality issues are integral to the Council’s performance. I talk about this in more detail, in The Isle of Thanet Gazette on Friday."

Just in case it hadn't escaped your attention, almost fifteen years of a Labour government gave the United Kingdom enough diversity legislation, both European and domestic, to sink the Titanic, if it were unfortunate enough to have run into the weight of the European Human Rights Act instead of a small iceberg.

I for one, thought Thanet District Council was pretty good at diversity, with a capital 'D' but clearly not sufficiently enough for Clive or is that 'Reg' and the 'People's Front of Thanet.'

What worries me most now, is not the question of minority awareness or diversity consciousness, because all political parties are fully-signed-up to the principles involved. I don't believe our council, on its excellent record, has anything to worry about but I am concerned by what looks very much like a kind of McCarthyist agenda, driven by a single individual, with a casting vote, seemingly desperate for a degree of personal recognition, a clipboard and a laminated badge. All this at a time when Clive Hart and his crack team from the Judean People's Front, really should have more important matters to worry about after a rather indecisive first month, fiddling with the levers of power. Furthermore and after years of Labour's Harriet Harman's influence and interference as a Minister, our council officers could do without anymore potentially expensive 'box-ticking' exercises on diversity and equality.

And if for one moment you had any doubts about the deal to keep Labour in control by one vote, I think you now have the answer. I suppose we now need a 'Shadow' diversity champion to distract and complicate the business of local government even further?

Back then to 'The Life of Brian' once again, for a suitable comic analogy and I can feel a stoning for blasphemy coming on.



19 comments:

Peter Checksfield said...

I'm inclined to agree that TDC's record regarding this is fine Simon.

What worries me with these sort of roles is that we'll start getting so called "positive discrimination", with people getting jobs because of their gender / sexuality / race / age / disability (etc) instead of because they're actually the most suitable person for doing the job.

What's happened to the Minnis Bay Pride event? That post has gone...

DrM. said...

I did wonder where his Minnis Bay Pride event went! It disappeared off his weblog but that's not unusual as entries frequently vanish in the cold light of day.

It was an interesting concept but I remain unconvinced that the people of Birchington would embrace it in contrast to a directly family oriented event like that he organised before

DrM. said...

Sorry I don't think I can use that last comment anonymous or I might be stoned before the weekend!

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with getting stoned occasionally!

DrM. said...

I hadn't thought of it that way but that opens a completely different can of worms, so let's not go there!

john kirby said...

From John Kirby - recognition at last for Mr. Worrow - I hope he enjoys the fruits of his diverse political labours and masters

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Worrow gets everything he so richly deserves.

Anonymous said...

Politically, this is a clever move. Obviously, this is a non-job (just lots of fatuous grandstanding about minorities, though the great irony of people who talk about diversity is that they don't believe in diversity of opinion - we all must sing from the same liberal hymnsheet, which is interesting given the slightly less than liberal views often to be found in some non-white communities) but it keeps Worrow occupied and out of the way - and he gets a fancy title to boot!

Tom Clarke said...

So is this what the people of Thanet voted for last May. Of far more concern is that we have some of the most deprived and highest winter death wards in the country.

These are the issues that should be at the forefront of any administration's considerations, not creating yet more silly and unnecessary titles.

I wonder if JW will have a power of arrest in his new role and, if so, who will be the first to get their collar felt.

1 o'clock Rob said...

What? eh? Diversity Champion?

*sits back and awaits the positive discrimination*

Tim Clark said...

If I say that I don't think that we need such a creature then the diversity industry will leap on this and accuse me of every crime imaginable.
Diversity means inclusive. Don't suppose that Worrow's inclusive extends to heterosexual, fully-employed white Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
No point posting these thoughts on his site - if he doesn't agree he just doesn't publish. Worrow democracy in action.

Anonymous said...

And what vast experience of ethnic minorities will the Worrow bring to this new post?
What qualifications does he have in this field?
Has he ever even met a person who is from an ethnic background?
What skills does he possess that are pertinent to the role?
Or is it a "nearly Cabinet" post where he can't do any more damage in exchange for his vote?
So when the voters of Birchington are drowned under stinking seaweed, uncollected rubbish and mounds of dog poo or have problems with benefits, housing or crime, they should realise that all these issues pale into insignificance because Diversity is being championed!
I'd laugh, but unfortunately, I live in Birchington.

Peter Checksfield said...

I'm not convinced he understands sexual minorities either anon, judging by the patronising & offensive Minnis Bay Pride event that he's organising (or is he?). I dread to think what he has planned for an anti-racism event, The Black & White Minstrel Show perhaps?

Tom Clarke said...

No, Peter, more like an Al Jolson look alike competition.

Luke Edwards said...

Cllr Moores, good sir, would you be kind enough to add Thanet Waves to your blog list on this website? I would be tremendously grateful. Half a shekel for an old ex-leper?

DrM. said...

Luke.. that's been done. Cost you a two shekels I'm afraid but you can haggle if you wish.

Luke Edwards said...

Thank you, Simon. Much appreciated! But I'm afraid this bloke won't haggle, haha. Gotta love a bit of Monty Python.

Anonymous said...

How much for the gourd?

Anonymous said...

I'd be much more interested in the Welsh tart or is that racist (it's meant to be sexist).