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The Crusade against Discrimination in Britain Part 6

There wasn’t meant to be a part 6 but the editorial gremlins have been at it again…


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Posted by Dan Dare on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 01:58 AM in Crusade against Discrimination in Britain
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The Crusade against Discrimination in Britain Part 5

Continued from Part 4

Well here we are then, finally arrived at the last hurrah. We’ll progress through the remaining achievements of NuLabor in the domain of race relations, concluding the discussion with an overview of the sine qua non of the genre, the forthcoming Equality Act of 2010. A fitting capstone to thirteen years of Labour misrule.

New Labour – 2000 to the present



Once again the 2001 election was distinguished by an almost total absence of any discussion on race and immigration. The Tories under William Hague’s leadership did make a very tentative effort to introduce the topic during the run-up to the election campaign but the accusations of racism and xenophobia following Hague’s “Foreign land” speech at the Party Conference in March 2001 ensured that the taboo would remain in place. It was this episode that earned the Conservatives the media tag of ‘The Nasty Party’, a stigma that the modernisers under David Cameron have been assiduously trying to erase with the ongoing rebranding of the Conservatives as ‘BluLabor’.

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Posted by Dan Dare on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 01:02 AM in Crusade against Discrimination in Britain
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The Crusade against Discrimination in Britain Part 4

Continued from Part 3

I had hoped that the NuLabor period could be covered in a single episode, but that that hasn’t turned out to be possible. So here then is Part 4, Part 5 the conclusion will follow shortly.

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Posted by Dan Dare on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 03:53 PM in Crusade against Discrimination in Britain
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The Crusade against Discrimination in Britain Part 3

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Posted by Dan Dare on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 07:15 PM in Crusade against Discrimination in Britain
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The Crusade against Discrimination in Britain Part 2

It seems that in attempting to add this section on the RRA76 I am transgressing some unwritten rule on article length, and therefore need to start a new thread, which is this Part 2.

If you have just come across this discussion, the story so far can be found here

 

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Posted by Dan Dare on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 04:53 PM in Crusade against Discrimination in Britain
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The Crusade against Discrimination in Britain Part 1

This article is the first of a two-part series dealing with race and immigration in the UK in the post-war period. This first part focuses on the genesis and development of the crusade to criminalise free speech and freedom of association in Britain in the name of what is euphemistically termed race relations. A second part will follow, focusing on the history of non-white immigration since 1945.

The BNP is on record as promising to repeal the race relations legislation (see 2005 general election manifesto), so it might be useful to explore just what that might entail. However, it’s important to recognise that, rather than having just a single piece of legislation to deal with there is in reality a labyrinthine thicket of primary and secondary legislation in which the concept of racial discrimination as a criminal activity is embedded and which will need to be undone. It’s a complex area, perhaps intended to be that way, but I hope this piece will provide an accessible and non-academic survey of the subject.

The subject of race relations legislation has returned to topicality and seen a spike in public interest as a result of the recent and ongoing litigation involving the BNP and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). This concerns the BNP constitution and, in particular, the criteria for membership. The legal arguments pertaining to this case are somewhat arcane, and the EHRC’s motives for bringing it this particular time have been subject to debate and criticism. Both have been well-aired here and elsewhere, so I’ll defer further commentary until we get to discussion of the particular legislation under which the action was brought; that is, the Race Relations Act of 1976.

The 2009 Equalities Bill

Sometime during early 2010, if not later this year, the Single Equalities Bill that was foretold in Labour’s election manifesto of 2005 will eventually come to pass as the Equality Act of 2010 (EA10). The EA10 will form the capstone on forty-five years of progressively more intrusive and draconian legislation enacted to deal with equality, diversity and discrimination. A great majority of this legislation has been sponsored and enacted by successive Labour governments although, as will be shown, that could not have been achieved without the acquiescence and tacit approval, at least, of the Conservatives whilst in opposition. Indeed, certain key aspects of the overall legislation were even introduced by and enacted under various Conservative administrations. 

We will return to discussion of the Equality Bill in greater detail later. But in order to view it in its proper perspective, as a part of continuum of activist-driven social engineering unprecedented in British history, it is necessary the trace its origins back to the beginning. To assist in this, we will need to review each major element in the raft of race-related legislation that has been enacted since the mid-1960s, back to the Race Relations Act of 1965 and even earlier. In the course of this exercise we need to consider three crucial questions at each stage in the process:

1. What were the factors that led to race becoming a matter for Parliamentary debate and legislative action?

2. Who were the sponsors of the legislation, and how did they succeed in getting it enacted?

3. What determined the actual structure and scope of the legislation as actually enacted, and how has it affected public life and private discourse?

I don’t expect that this project will stir any significant debate, since it is historical rather polemical in tone. It does however highlight the guilty parties and their role in what has unfolded over time as well as tip the hat to the (depressingly) small number of those amongst the political class who valiantly tried to stem the madness. And it truly is a madness; that a sovereign people should voluntarily impose upon itself the constraints on personal freedoms that the panoply of repressive legislation represents is, to quote a great Englishman, a prophet without honour in his own land, “ to watch a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre.”

In order to understand what is needed to slay it, it is necessary to know the nature of the beast, hence this slight offering. I hope it is both interesting and informative.

A note on sources

I will provide a full list of all the major sources that I consulted at the end of the article but, in the interests of clarity and readability will not be including in-line footnotes and references, except in cases where extensive verbatim citations are used. If anyone requires detail on the source for any particular statement or assertion please feel free to ask.

So let’s get going, and where better to start than at the beginning, with the …

 

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Posted by Dan Dare on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 09:45 PM in Crusade against Discrimination in Britain
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