Monday, January 28, 2008

Discrimination In The Name Of Diversity

Fire brigade 'discriminating against white men'

By Richard Savill

A fire brigade has been accused of pursuing a policy of discrimination
after it excluded white men from part of a recruitment drive.

Only women and people from ethnic minorities are allowed to
attend four of the five open days being held by Avon Fire Service
to attract new recruits.

The fire brigade said it was targeting specific groups because
currently 97 per cent of its 921 employees are white men.

But MPs, serving firefighters and race relations groups questioned
whether it was acting illegally by pursuing positive discrimination.

Phillip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, said: "This sort of thing
makes people's blood boil, and does more damage than good to
race relations in this country.

"How would people react if women and black people were
banned from an open day?

"These campaigns are also enacted by white men, and it
is deeply patronising.

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