Friday, February 12, 2010

Labour’s Equality and Human Rights Commission is a hotbed of sexism, racism and religious discrimination

There is a story in today’s Guardian concerning the inequitable inequalities which are being dredged up from the darkest recesses of Labour’s Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Apparently, the very body which was established by Tony Blair to promote human rights and tackle discrimination has itself been subject to 15 employment tribunals in which it has been accused of sexism, racism and discriminating against pregnant women.

And the Commission’s chairman, Trevor Philips, himself presently stands accused of being in contempt of both Houses of Parliament over allegations that he attempted to influence three members of Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights who were conducting an inquiry into the watchdog. According to The Guardian, Mr Philips ‘has instructed lawyers to clarify his position’, doubtless also at the expense of the taxpayer.

The EHRC has faced legal battles with 12 employees – some with more than one complaint – who have accused it of racial, religious and sex discrimination.

The employment tribunal figures were released by the equalities minister, Maria Eagle MP, in response to a parliamentary question tabled by Stewart Jackson MP, Shadow Minister for Communities. In summary: out of 15 cases, at least six were withdrawn, two were dismissed at trial, and others were ‘settled’ out of court (doubtless also at the expense of the taxpayer). Two are ongoing.

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst of 12 October 2009, Official Report, column 31W, on the Equality and Human Rights Commission: industrial disputes, what the outcome was of each of the 15 employment disputes that were taken to an employment tribunal; and what the grounds of the dispute were in each case, anonymised where necessary. [312052]
Maria Eagle: The information requested in relation to the 15 employment disputes made by Equality and Human Rights Commission employees or recruits since the opening of the Commission in October 2007 is provided as follows:

1. Alleged less favourable treatment on grounds of transgender status, breach of statutory grievance procedure, breach of contract and unfair dismissal. Withdrawn.
2. Alleged race and sex discrimination. Claims dismissed at tribunal.
3. Alleged race and sex discrimination. Withdrawn.
4. Alleged sex discrimination, breach of Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) and statutory grievance procedure and personal injury. Settlement agreed at tribunal.
5. Alleged constructive dismissal. Settled.
6. Alleged unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract. Withdrawn.
7. Alleged race discrimination. Withdrawn.
8. Alleged constructive, unfair and wrongful dismissal. Withdrawn on agreed terms.
9. Alleged failure to consult under TUPE. Withdrawn.
10. Constructive dismissal. Settled.
11. Alleged less favourable treatment on grounds of pregnancy. Dismissed at tribunal. Claimant has appealed.
12. Alleged race and religious discrimination. Not yet heard.
Hansard, 25 Jan 2010 : Column 556W

Bizarrely, the EHRC insists: ‘The commission is working to uphold the highest standards of employment practice and prevent discrimination. We are proud of our diverse workforce and the opportunities we provide for our staff to progress. Twelve employees have lodged employment tribunal claims against the commission and, with cases involving two employees still outstanding, we have not lost a case.’

So, basically, even though the Equality and Human Rights Commission have faced 15 allegations of iniquitous treatment of employees in which their human rights have been systematically 'left outside the (office) door', they remain proud that they offer their ‘diverse workforce’ continuing professional development which includes an intensive course in Employment Tribunal litigation.

All, of course, at the expense of the taxpayer.

It is to be hoped that this absurd Marxist quango will be the first to be abolished by the Conservative Party. It is one thing to face 15 serious allegations from oppressed and dispossessed lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgendered, disabled, pregnant, black and minority ethnic employees. But it is quite another to issue a statement which discriminates against the intelligent and treats us all as retarded idiots.


Anonymous David said...

If the EHRC employs people who are keen to harass employers about gender, race and other discrimination issues, perhaps they shouldn't be too surprised if this comes back to bite them in the backside. Poetic justice, I should think.

12 February 2010 at 15:14  
Blogger John.D said...

Sick to death of it Your Grace. This morning I sent a Labour canvasser packing from my doorstep. "I'm not interested mate"

"You're not interested"?

"No, not at all mate"!


12 February 2010 at 15:16  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

I'm not a big fan of Trevor Philips, but I notice he's had a hard old time of it after Harriet Harman announced that he was "a closet Tory". Apparently political diversity isn't allowed.

12 February 2010 at 16:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John D - that was very polite of you. My response would have been more along the lines of 'F*** off, you c***'.

12 February 2010 at 16:08  
Anonymous Old Dry Sherry said...

I would agree with Frugal Dougal, Trevor is by no means the worst. It is amusing to see the biter bit however.

Labour Canvasser I though they had died out...

12 February 2010 at 16:19  
Anonymous Old Dry Sherry said...

O/T (If it is permitted your Grace). I sometimes cast my eye over the Dawkins place. Two things.
1-There appears to be no link to his exchange with you.
2-It struck me this afternoon that the arrangement of the blog with its central message flanked by pictures of the Professor and his friends brought to mind a Triptych.

12 February 2010 at 16:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace

Could a Conservative government abolish the Commission for Equality and Human Rights without suppressing the requirements of justice?


Cases of alleged discrimination will still be heard because basic discrimination law will still be in place; for example, the 1976 Race Relations Act (as amended) and the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act (as amended).

Could a Conservative government repeal basic discrimination law?

No - it is now based upon European Directives.

The House of Lords has defeated the amendments to Harman’s Equality Bill which would have forced churches to employ homosexuals. Lord Lester said it was like seeing Turkeys vote for Christmas (the bishops voting against the amendments). The Archbishop of York (Query) or was it Bishop Wright said that it was headless chickens voting for the fox.

Lord Lester and the bishops are correct. Cameron has seen this and that is why he advised His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury to transform the Church of England into accepting homosexuals.

The amendments on homosexual equality were I accord with the EU directive - Cameron knows (because we are locked into the EU) - that he has to reintroduce those amendments. This will mean that a Conservative government will be in conflict with us Christians - we will be driven from the public square by Conservatives.

Last year I joined the Conservative party - for I understood the utter desolation that the Socialist has brought to my country. And now the leader of my own party is indicating that he will bring in measures that open the way for my persecution and the destruction of my beloved Church.

Am I expected to vote for my party? For the persecution of my fellow Christians? For the destruction of my Church? Am I expected to betray Christ - the King who was executed in my place?

This Sunday morning, I intend to kneel before the altar, to take Communion from a priest who represents my Church that has betrayed me with its support for that fascist imperial power that men call: the European Union.

How has it come to this?


12 February 2010 at 17:27  
Blogger Demetrius said...

But this is why they are so expert and knowing about it all. They are fervently practising it all the time.

12 February 2010 at 17:53  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

● A quote from the lovely Trevor Phillips:

[Trevor Phillips] showed his contempt for the British National Party by saying they should be treated as ‘less than human’.

● Mr Singh’s comment that the Equality Bill’s attempt to force the churches to employ homosexuals was a kowtow to Brussels reminded me of this piece by Peter Hitchens:

❛[The Bill’s] planned attempt to force the Churches to hire openly homosexual employees against their will have originated in that Vatican of political correctness, the European Union.

I have the document in front of me, though our leaders have tried to keep it secret and Brussels has never officially released it. It is a ‘Reasoned Opinion’ on ‘infringement No 2006/2450’, signed by Commissioner Vladimir Spidla, and it orders the British Government, its subordinate, to amend the law of this country.

It declares that the United Kingdom has ‘failed to fulfil its obligation to transpose correctly Articles 2(4), 4 and 9 of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000’. It goes on to ‘invite’ this country to ‘take the necessary measures to comply’. If we don’t, we’ll end up being ordered to act by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.❜

So, Your Grace, yet another reason to leave the European Union, a move which the Conservative Party refuses to contemplate. To quote Cast-Iron Guarantee himself:

‘I don’t want us to leave the EU because I don’t think it’s sensible and I don’t think it’s the right thing for Britain.’

12 February 2010 at 18:03  
Anonymous ms judith said...

Labour and LibDem canvassers should be kept chatting on the doorstep whenever possible, ask them to justify Brown's appalling economic record for a start.....

12 February 2010 at 19:14  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

On topic
Heh heh heh!
Schadenfreude is a dish best tasted cold.

But I suppose what's new? We always suspected that they were a bunch of hypocrites.

Off Topic @Old Dry Sherry

I share your view. When visiting Master Dawkins site it struck me as a bit narcissistic, with Dawkins visage peering out from his publications.

And now I see that His Grace has an image on his site.


What is His grace trying to do? Curdle the milk?.

Please remove it!

12 February 2010 at 19:57  
Anonymous len said...

Dawkins a bit narcissistic?Just a bit?

When man rejected God he obviously needed a substitute, a counterfeit,
someone to fill the gap, someone to explain the universe, creation, (sorry not creation), how things came into existence without a Creator,
Dawkins perhaps?

12 February 2010 at 20:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out some of the comments from parishioners which are unintentionally hilarious...

12 February 2010 at 21:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Rottenborough

The link to Hitchens?


It looks like boys, if they Conservatives come for the Church - we'll take them all on.

Remember: it is not numbers that count, but speed and surprise.

12 February 2010 at 21:57  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

I hope they don't abolish the EHRC too quickly. At least they seem to attract all the obnoxious, thin-skinned, litigiousness sorts to work for them rather than being inflicted on the rest of us. The best way to get the flies out of your kitchen is to put a load of s**t in your outhouse.

I'm also hoping to fleece them for one of the very large grants they make to organisations who do not very much at all except print glossy leaflets about hate crimes and how wonderful "diversity" is. I can then put it to much better use by spreading the real gospel.

12 February 2010 at 22:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Grace, typical of the left to say one thing and act in another fashion.

And I have been working on my 'equal opportunities, diversity and equality blog mission statement' for many weeks. Only just got the blessed thing up! And now what happens, is that the honest blogger sees how the Marxist QUANGO is really acting. Shameful waste of public money. It has to go.

12 February 2010 at 22:24  
Anonymous Old Dry Sherry said...

Ultramontane old chap (you may be 23!) The narcissism goes without saying I was intrigued by the unconscious reference to ancient ways of presenting things. Actually I thought it was even more like a a pagan altar but I thought his grace might be offended.

Anyway it is late. As we approach Lent prayers for you all.

God Bless Good Night.

12 February 2010 at 23:42  
Anonymous not a machine said...

The prospect of the methodists becoming part of the CofE is very welcome , in that I can no longer feel like I am hiding an alter life when I join them for a service.

13 February 2010 at 00:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Equality Commission in Northern Ireland, yet another useless qango, has for all the time its been in existence, had a workforce unrepresentative of the community, more Roman Catholics than Protestants.. yet it is still permitted to investigate and designate and comment upon the employment practises in NI's workplaces!

13 February 2010 at 00:32  
Anonymous Happyness Stan said...

This Sunday morning, I intend to kneel before the altar, to take Communion from a priest who represents my Church that has betrayed me with its support for that fascist imperial power that men call: the European Union.

How has it come to this?


The logical answer must surely be that either The RCC long since did a deal with the oligarchs who are responsible for the creation of the EU. Or indeed the RCC is the main instigator of the EU. As they clearly where in the creation of the State of Israel, and the WW that preceded it.

What evidence do I have for these assertions? I can hear you say.

I have a lot of very real evidence, however to cut a very long story as short as possible, I will only state the self-evident and well documented ones.

The RC, and Anglican Churches are still extremely powerful and influential in the world.

Historically both have always had a strong influence over politics,and politicians ( Tony Blair for example ) at all levels, especially when it comes to finance, international trade, world wars, and religiously based genocides.

Given this recent and well documented history it is perfectly inconceivable that past and present Popes, and ABsofC, and more importantly their bankers, have not had a very large say in matters regarding the creation of a Fascist/Communist EU.

What is more, and could equally be said for our own Royal Family, if any of them, especially the RCC, had a serious objection to this political, and financial New World Order. They still have the power to not only do terminal damage to it, the Pope has more then enough extremely important contacts, cash, assets, power and therefore influence on all levels of European, Americans, and world society, to stop the EU in its tracks within 24 hours.

The self-evident fact that neither The British Royal Family, The Pope, The ABof C, or their common bank manager, ( Lord Evelyn de Rothschild) comment on the EU in anything other then the most supportive manner, IMO says all that needs to be said, about exactly what groups of people are truly behind the end of European Democracy as we thought we knew it.

I do not claim to know exactly where our worlds oligarchs and their priesthoods plan on ultimately taking us all. My Guess is to hell in a hard cart. For this if for no other reason.

Selling Hell, and getting as many to the place as quickly as possible, is the only game these elitist psychopaths have ever ultimately known how to play. This is the only reason why they are where they are, and we are where they have always planned on keeping us.

13 February 2010 at 01:22  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Beyond parody. Well almost...

13 February 2010 at 07:34  
Anonymous len said...

Happyness Stan, Recent developments reveal that Germany is seeking to rally all Europe under Teutonic leadership in order to replace the United States as the world’s sole financial superpower. Meanwhile, the Vatican is seeking to establish itself as the guiding force behind this forming European Empire.

By working together, these two entities are furthering their respective goals.

German politicians have been especially vocal in putting the blame for the current economic upheaval squarely on the U.S. and on the shortcomings of U.S.-style capitalism. Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was the U.S. and British failure to listen to Germany that allowed the banking sector to get out of hand. According to German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, another system, one that will make the world multipolar, is needed.

Pope Benedict XVI and his Vatican hierarchy recognize this fact. They are eyeing this economic crisis as an opportunity to establish Catholicism as the guiding force behind this forming European superpower.
“Politics needs religion,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said on September 30 in a speech published by Vatican mouthpiece L’Osservatore Romano. “When instead God is ignored, the ability to respect rights and recognize the common good begins to disappear.”

The Vatican is putting forward its brand of religious teachings as the solution to the world’s financial woes.

This Catholic-dominated European Empire is to establish a global financial system that will encompass the entire planet. After the dollar falls, the world is going to get a new reserve currency.

Biblical passages like Revelation 17 reveal that a powerful religious entity will rise up in the end time and become the guiding force over a resurrected Holy Roman Empire. This powerful church-state combine is prophesied to be a great economic powerhouse that intoxicates all nations with its wealth and splendor. Revelation 18:3 says,
“The merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury”.

This church-state combine is prophesied to plunge the world into a new dark age.

Yet there is hope beyond the bad news. This same chapter also foretells that, after this empire has reigned only a short time, Christ will return to the Earth and smash this power to pieces. He will then establish his Kingdom on Earth, and this Kingdom will never be destroyed.

13 February 2010 at 09:27  
Blogger southwood said...

Boys and girls, male,female,black,brown white etc. :
Angela Hewitt when she was Health Secretary, or some position in the cabinet, , CONFESSED to a tribunal that she had discriminated as one of the panel of interviewers in favour of a less qualified candidate for some big high paid job because she (the candidate) was a woman when the best qualified candidate was clearly male.
She saw no inconsistency with Equality in that instance. PM Gordon Brown actually admitted that the religion of incomers to the UK should be favoured over that of the major religion for a while to begin with. Good news for the shariah merchants, no ? That's fair, is it not ?
Don't start me on Hate Crime/Speech legislation to defend "gays" when Christians have bibles defaced, torn, deep fried, Jesus portrayed as a transvestite; all at tax payers' expense in the once great and good city of Glasgow; and then are criticised for even daring to stand against this, as happened recently. They pay an idiot woman £132,000 to oversee all this.

Re Ian: sounds about right to me pal. But remember the RC system is a moral beacon, or so I was told. Some of its shine has dimmed in Ireland recently. Wish Der Papst would rethink his holiday plans for September.

13 February 2010 at 10:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The EHRC turns a blind eye to the hundreds of organisations set up exclusively for ethnic ‘minority’ members such as the Black Police Officers Association established by disgraced Met Commander Ali Dizaei. Yet, weeks after an opposition political party succeeded in getting its first two MEPs elected and months before a general election the EHRC is spending vast amounts of our tax money in a crude attempt to bankrupt and destroy the British National Party or, at the very least, to deplete it of funds needed to mount an effective election campaign. Robert Mugabe would be proud to have such a state-sponsored instrument of political oppression at his disposal. For this reason alone the Conservatives, if elected, would not abolish this hideous institution as it, and the proposed referendum on AV, are designed to maintain the big party status quo and deny the electorate the chance to elect any party opposed to EU membership or deliberately engineered mass immigration.

13 February 2010 at 10:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the inevitable consequence of letting the treasonous commies off the leash.

13 February 2010 at 12:48  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

D Singh's request to Rottenborough for the source of the Hitchens quote.

You can find it, Mr Singh, at:

Or, better, at:

13 February 2010 at 12:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Anabaptist thank you for the link.

Your Grace

The Church of England has voted to extend pension benefits to homosexual partners as the Christian Institute reports:

‘The change means the Church of England will go beyond the requirements of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

‘One Synod member, who asked to remain anonymous, said conservative Synod members had deliberately withheld from taking to the floor to speak against the motion for fear of reprisals.

‘“They didn’t dare to. There would have been screams of homophobia if anyone had dared oppose it,” he said.’

Note: The Synod member asked to remain anonymous and conservative members were afraid.

Our conservative members were AFRAID in our own institution.

Mrs Eweida has lost her case in the Court of Appeal over her desire to wear a cross around her neck as an employee with British Airways: at para 40 of the Eweida Judgment Lord Justice Sedley said:

"This case has perhaps illustrated some of the problems which can arise when an individual (or equally a group) asserts that a provision, criterion or practice adopted by an employer conflicts with beliefs which they hold but which may not only not be shared but may be opposed by others in the workforce. It is not unthinkable that a blanket ban may sometimes be the only fair solution."

What this means is that when anyone at work objects to any one of us wearing a small tie pin with a cross on it or the sign of the fish we will have to remove it.

This case excludes Judaeo-Christian symbols in the public sector. We are being driven out of the public square. There is no place for us on the street corner; in the town hall and in our Synod.

If our children dare to mention the name of Jesus in the playground - they will be questioned by the school authorities; if we e-mail a colleague and ask for their prayers and the e-mail falls into the hands of our employer we will be suspended pending an investigation; if we ask a patient if we can pray for them then that will not only trigger a full scale inquiry but risks instant dismissal.

No other group is subjected to this systematic discrimination carried out on a national scale.

13 February 2010 at 14:12  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr D. Singh,


And His Grace is depressed enough.

13 February 2010 at 14:17  
Anonymous len said...

For the most part, entire denominations today operate without the Holy Spirit. They are devoid of the presence of Jesus, bankrupt of all spiritual gifts. They practice a form of religion without any power, conviction or saving message. They are cozy with the world and are more political than spiritual. They appease sin -- coddling homosexuals, winking at divorce, ridiculing the supernatural, tossing aside all teachings about heaven, hell, repentance and judgment.

Such churches wonder if God is even alive. They are so cold, weak and timid, the world scoffs at them! They have no influence, no respect, no impact on society whatsoever.

But the New Testament church made devils tremble! It drove legions of demons into the abyss, prayed prison doors open, made rulers cringe in fear. No weapon could prosper against it! Those early believers had such faith and power that cripples rose up leaping, beggars became evangelists. They believed in the supernatural -- and they opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears and healed all manner of diseases. They even raised the dead!

I am not saying God's last-day church will be a repeat or copy of the first- century church. No -- I am saying it will be even greater than that! It will be mightier, stronger, with an even greater revelation of Jesus. It will have a greater unction from the Spirit than ever -- greater even than at Pentecost! God always saves His best wine for last

(part of article By David Wilkerson)

13 February 2010 at 15:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Len

Thank you. You don't how much encouragement I needed thsi very hour.

Please pary for His Grace - tell him when God wants to thrill a man he drills a man.

13 February 2010 at 15:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: Lord Lavendon and Mr John.D

I am deeply grateful to uou both for introducing me to Bishop Wright.

Wow! What a razor-sharp Christian intellectual.


13 February 2010 at 15:51  
Anonymous Philip said...

Labour's ECHRC must be a prime candidate for a bonfire of quangos to cut Labour's disastrous deficit.

13 February 2010 at 16:03  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ D. Singh, Anabaptist et al—The link to Peter Hitchens’ article can be found by clicking on the words ‘this piece’ in my third paragraph. Alternatively, click here.

13 February 2010 at 18:03  
Anonymous He's Spartacus said...

What blinkered, illiberal, doctrinaire meddlers like Harriet Harman will never hoist in, is that legislating for equality never achieves its objective.

The end result is always that one injustice is replaced with another.

Among a legion of examples....

Where, other than in some kind of Swiftian dystopia, would it be considered right that universities offer places to candidates with inferior grades simply because they fall into some kind of arbitrary demographic?

Please, when we talk about equality legislation, can we have the decency, and honesty, to tell it how it really is?

Let’s call it polarisation legislation from now on.

16 February 2010 at 14:21  
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