Thursday, January 13, 2011

All state employees to be asked about sexuality and religion, and 'monitored'

The Government’s mass population database continues apace.

Martin Beckford inform us that under the new Equality Duty, public sector bodies are required to ‘eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation’ on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation. So the Government is to press ahead with the statutory requirement upon 27,000 public bodies to provide detailed breakdown of the extent to which they are complying with ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ agendas.

Any organisation employing more than 150 people – that’s all Whitehall departments, councils, hospitals and schools – will be obliged to provide details of how many people from minority groups they employ, in addition to the salary details of millions of employees in order that league tables may be drawn up to establish which organisations are failing to close the gap between male and female remuneration and delaying the end of ‘occupational segregation’.

He also informs us:
In order to obtain accurate information, staff will be asked to fill in questionnaires stating whether or not they are homosexual or in the process of changing gender; what religion they adhere to; and what disabilities they have.
The questions are not compulsory, but they will be made under the guise of protecting employees from bullying.

So it’s ‘health and safety’.

And that will be sufficient to persuade many employees to disclose such personal information, or for employers to gently coerce them into doing so.

Perhaps most concerningly, we are informed that the data will not be assessed by watchdogs or the Government. ‘Instead, the individuals and voluntary bodies of David Cameron’s much-vaunted Big Society will be expected to scrutinise the data in order to root out discrimination.’

Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minister, said in a Written Ministerial Statement:
The Equality Duty brings to an end the era of Government-inspired bureaucratic targets and shifts power to local people. The community, not Whitehall, will be in the front line for holding public bodies to account.
Right.

So sensitive information about millions of individuals is to be entrusted to the churches, charities, gurdwaras, mosques, and the amateur stalwarts of society.

If you’re a gay Muslim doctor/nurse/teacher/policeman, fearful of the ‘community’ repercussions of coming out, it appears that ‘Big Society’ volunteers down your local mosque will soon be able to ‘out’ you.

Doubtless the Data Protection Act is subordinate to sharia.

Astonishingly, in order to counter those who might prefer to exercise their right to silence, guidance published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission tells public bodies they ‘must do all they can to obtain accurate data on the make-up of their staff despite fears over intrusion, preferably through “routine monitoring”.’

This will then provide ‘an indication of likely representation on sexual orientation and religion and belief’.

That is positively Orwellian.

If you happen to walk mincingly, dress in purple or read books with a spiritual theme, you’ll be routinely monitored by Big Brother.

The EHRC concedes that ‘asking people whether or not they are homosexual leads to low response levels or inaccurate data, which is partly why the Office for National Statistics is not posing the question in this year’s Census.’

Please note: ‘…on this year’s census’.

These questions will, as sure as night follows day, eventually become mandatory.

Which brings His Grace back to the ‘MIND YOUR OWN’ census campaign.

With the realisation that the elderly and infirm in care homes are already asked personal questions about their sexuality, it really is time to protest against this level of data collection and tell the Government to ‘Mind Your Own *%$#@!! Business’.

The 2011 Census gives a perfect opportunity.

IN 2001, more than 4 million left the question blank. That was not a protest: to demur is to grant benign assent to being asked. On the (presently) optional religion question, we ought to tick ‘Other’ and fill in the space with ‘Mind Your Own’ (see the census campaign on Facebook).

If, as the EHRC observe, ‘asking people whether or not they are homosexual leads to low response levels or inaccurate data’, then a fortiori will asking people about their religious beliefs.

Dominic Raab, Conservative MP for Esher and Walton, said: “These regulations, inherited from Labour, require 27,000 schools, police forces and councils to audit their staff annually - checking their age, disability, sex changes, pregnancy, race, religion, other beliefs, gender and sexual orientation. They will impose a massive cost as the public sector is trying to make efficiency savings. And forcing employers to audit their staff to check social quotas is Orwellian – a step back for those who believe an individual should be judged on merit, not tick-box criteria.”

Curious, is it not, that the Coalition has not simply repealed the legislation.

Parliament is not bound by its predecessor: it remains omnipotent to amend or repeal any statutory instrument.

Or is the truth that the UK Government Database is simply feeding the EU Data-Beast?

For the true provenance of our equality legislation and diversity targets is Brussels via Strasbourg.

And, sadly, only 41 of our elected representatives believe the UK Parliament to be sovereign over that parliament and court.

23 Comments:

Blogger Arden Forester said...

When it comes to asking about religion most shove down CofE if they do put a religious affiliation. However that tells a busybody virtually nothing. There should be a subcategory stating whether CofE people are High or Low church, thinking of the Ordinariate, wanting women bishops, happy with this or not with that. I'm CofE but I'm sure that next to another CofE entry it might ever be known what kind I am.

If they are going to ask, let the do it properly!

13 January 2011 at 10:31  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

"Curious, is it not, that the Coalition has not simply repealed the legislation."

No, Cranmer. It's neither curious nor unusual. In fact, it's only to be expected from an administration comprising pseudo-conservatives and and statist social(ist) liberal democrats. Business as usual. It doesn't matter who you vote for: the government always gets in.

13 January 2011 at 11:04  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I will be giving the least amount of info legally required. Everything else will get a NOYFB - none of your effing business.

13 January 2011 at 11:07  
Anonymous JayBee said...

Curious, is it not, that the Coalition has not simply repealed the legislation.

Not in the least. The government never changed. It rules in perpetuity from across the Channel and is simply manipulating a different set of muppets.
What the public sector is obliged to do today the private sector will be forced to do tomorrow.
The Big Society is newspeak for the Society of Big Brother, an Orwellian nightmare of spying and denouncement.

13 January 2011 at 11:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caedmon's Cat 13 January 2011 11:04

As nearly always, I find myself in total agreement with you.

As the famous book by P. J. O'Rourke says 'Don't Vote It Just Encourages the Bastards'

We are so betrayed as a nation!

So Says KINGOFHIGHCS

13 January 2011 at 11:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Says KINGOFHIGHCS 13 January 2011 11:47

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Dependence-Day-6753

Find above link to a brilliant expose entitled Dependence Day by Mark Steyn, detailing how we got here and the depressing evidence of where we may finally rest as a nation and all our english speaking commonwealth.
It breaks your heart to realise it could have all been avoided.

So Says KINGOFHIGHCS

13 January 2011 at 12:11  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

When I was working (quite a few years ago now) before all this nonsense really got into full swing, I was in charge of a shift of some 35 engineers and technicians. We also had two ladies on our shift, one to cope with the clerical work and the other, a lovely coloured lady of Afro-Caribbean descent who was our computer operator.
One day she broke her leg, and was on crutches for quite a while, and remarked to me that she should really get a rise as she was helping with the statistics for my shift by fulfilling three roles, female, black and now disabled. And if religion is to be considered, I know she attended some Caribbean "Happy Clappy" church - what category would that come under?
This whole exercise is a farce - you can only have equality and diversity if there are people available and capable of doing the jobs, and if they can, my experience showed that there was very little discrimination and that it is generally only in people's minds. Certainly, from a management point of view, I had no interest in my staff's private lives unless it interfered with their ability to do the job

13 January 2011 at 12:15  
Anonymous Martin from the North said...

There is a wonderful book that serves the purpose of entertaining (with guaranteed outbursts of laughter) and educating at the same time.

The book is called "Beaurocrats: How to Annoy Them" and this should be a GCSE set book.

I would urge His Grace and His Grace's flock to get a copy of this book (it is long out of print although several crop up on internet auction sites every now and again) and you can learn how to respond to official busy bodies and nothing-better-to-do's without breaking the law and yet in a very satisfying and accomplished manner.

I keep my copy at home in the bookcase in between the King James and the Good News and can say first hand that the techniques and tips have given the individual the upper hand on many occasions.

13 January 2011 at 13:18  
Blogger oldmaid said...

YG

This confirms, to me at least, what I have thought all along, the three mainstream parties are strands of the same traitorous 'triumvate'.

And although I am stuck with their invasive and totalitarian treachery at least my conscience is clear in that I followed my gut instinct and have not voted for any of this.

Also, with this latest wee gem coming to light, I will be following the 'mind your own' on the census.

On a related matter, where ethnicity forms set out Nationalities listing Scottish, Welsh, white British, followed by various others 'Britishes' etc, I tick other box and write English; as I am fed up of our politicos trying to deny the English their Nationality.

13 January 2011 at 13:42  
Anonymous Bede said...

Martin from the North

"Bureaucrats: How to Annoy Them" is by R. T. Fishall - the pseudonym of a well-known astronomer. I believe he also wrote another book on similar lines. Worth re-printing.

13 January 2011 at 14:07  
Anonymous Hereward said...

Used copies from £0.01 on Amazon.

13 January 2011 at 15:41  
Blogger AncientBriton said...

More Government by gimmick; complete and utter b*****ks.
I heard on the news last night that Mr Gove is changing things in education so that children from poorer homes and backgrounds have equal opportunities!
The Health Service is being re-organised into chaos.
Defence, according to timescale.
Etc., etc., etc.
Is 'government' a new board game for the millionaire's club?

13 January 2011 at 16:00  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

When it comes to asking about sex I normally answer "yes please" and since my yes please will be monitered by the local neighbourhood watch team, the curtains will be twitching because I am feeling randy tonight!

All races and genders to be treated fairly, form an orderly queue.

Disabled access no problem.

13 January 2011 at 16:24  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Further evidence that the team strip of our elected government may have changed colour, but it is business us usual in the house of the REAL government.

Which if you did not know, is the establishments civil-service, backed up by their advisory bodies such as The RIIA, The Tavistock Institute, all branches of the secret services, The MOD, and many many others working exclusively for our corporatist owners.

As I hope you can all now see, it was not New Labour, Tony Blair or Gordon Brown who actually decided anything at all, as it is not now Cameron who decides much more then his own bath times.

Our establishment are a FASCIST organization. This means that they are a very nasty combination of Corporate Capitalism and Corporate Socialism. Very much like the sort of thing running Germany during the 1930's, and 1940's, without quite so many smart uniforms, funny arm signals, and goose-stepping.

You have been warned, yet many of you continue to choose to either ignore them, or not fully understand them.

Beware the 4 horses, that may soon to be coming to your 'living' room.

13 January 2011 at 17:08  
Anonymous len said...

'The Government’s mass population database continues apace.'

And where is this all leading you ask?
Somebody or( bodies)wants control of Society, they want to mould it and shape it to conform to their own image.
Political Correctness is Orwellian Newspeak forcing people to change the way they think by the way they speak. The intention of PC is to stifle debate and is is used by Secularists to impose their own particular version of a 'moral code' on Society.(Secular Society is supplanting God`s moral code with its own version.)
'Knowledge is power' seems to be the thinking behind the information gathering of the Government for their E U masters.

13 January 2011 at 18:21  
Blogger Owl said...

YG, it is no surprise at all. A long time ago I tried to warn you what "Big Society" really means and it ain't what the people thought they were going to get.

Don't listen to what Cameron says, look at what he does or does not do on any subject you like, i.e. ignore the spin with wrinkled forehead and eyes lifting to heaven and see the "works", it will shatter your faith.

Voting Conservative, Liberal or Labour doesn't matter a damn. We get the same model just with a different dress on.

The only thing that would make any difference at all would be a massive election swing away from the three muppet parties. That would rattle a few cages.

Atlas S. has some very valid points. Please take heed.

13 January 2011 at 23:17  
Anonymous PJ said...

Atlas Shrugged, why have you left out the EU completely in your analyses of who "really" runs the UK? Surely that's the biggest one?

13 January 2011 at 23:58  
Anonymous non mouse said...

PJ said @ 23:58 - Atlas Shrugged, why have you left out the EU completely in your analyses of who "really" runs the UK? Surely that's the biggest one?

Yes, I agree. I firmly believe that Huxley and Orwell could only be so prescient because they sat among the Fabians at various colleges, heard what they said, and understood the plans.

It started before that, though, and I do believe most readers have ignored Joseph Conrad's work on the subject, or have failed to analyze it in the context of euroland. However, "Heart of Darkness" centralizes power and 'trade' right there in Brussels. [One of the most powerful images for me is the (Celtic) disembodied heads that encircle Kurtz's compound in the Congo. That and the Russian 'man of rags and patches'].

And if we dismiss all that as purely coincidental, then maybe we should re-think the picture Conrad presents in The Secret Agent, (1906). For what does a plot to blow up Greenwich symbolise? And the plotting emanates from euroland, and representatives thereof who utterly despise and insult the English; is that just another coincidence? To say nothing of the grubby 'intellectual' plotters and foreign implants....

Remembering that Conrad himself was Polish and would understand euro-thought, reading this work in retrospect and symbolically is quite an experience. We really cannot say that nobody warned us; we can, very probably, say that we were blind and stupid not to take steps to prevent what the euros have done to us so far. Especially since they've subverted our own children right under our noses.

And then, recently (well, the 80's), there was Bezmenev (?sp) - to whom Mr. S. introduced us some time ago. At least B. does offer some suggestion on combatting the marxist techniques: we might consider and evaluate them...

Meanwhile, I like Your Grace's ideas, and some of the creative responses!! Let's not tell the so-and-so's a single, solitary thing.

Oh - and let's find ways to withhold the readies.

14 January 2011 at 05:15  
Anonymous non mouse said...

PJ said @ 23:58 - Atlas Shrugged, why have you left out the EU completely in your analyses of who "really" runs the UK? Surely that's the biggest one?

Yes, I agree. I firmly believe that Huxley and Orwell could only be so prescient because they sat among the Fabians at various colleges, heard what they said, and understood the plans.

It started before that, though, and I do believe most readers have ignored Joseph Conrad's work on the subject, or have failed to analyze it in the context of euroland. However, "Heart of Darkness" centralizes power and 'trade' right there in Brussels. [One of the most powerful images for me is the (Celtic) disembodied heads that encircle Kurtz's compound in the Congo. That and the Russian 'man of rags and patches'].

And if we dismiss all that as purely coincidental, then maybe we should re-think the picture Conrad presents in The Secret Agent, (1906). For what does a plot to blow up Greenwich symbolise? And the plotting emanates from euroland, and representatives thereof who utterly despise and insult the English; is that just another coincidence? To say nothing of the grubby 'intellectual' plotters and foreign implants....

Remembering that Conrad himself was Polish and would understand euro-thought, reading this work in retrospect and symbolically is quite an experience. We really cannot say that nobody warned us; we can, very probably, say that we were blind and stupid not to take steps to prevent what the euros have done to us so far. Especially since they've subverted our own children right under our noses.

And then, recently (well, the 80's), there was Bezmenev (?sp) - to whom Mr. S. introduced us some time ago. At least B. does offer some suggestion on combatting the marxist techniques: we might consider and evaluate them...

Meanwhile, I like Your Grace's ideas, and some of the creative responses!! Let's not tell the so-and-so's a single, solitary thing.

Oh - and let's find ways to withhold the readies.

14 January 2011 at 05:15  
Blogger Richard Tebboth said...

I recall that at the time of the last census a significant number of people registered their religious affiliation as 'Jedi Knight'.

Ask a silly question...

14 January 2011 at 09:53  
Anonymous Geoff said...

Perhaps we should just put ourselves down as gay, muslim and black.

14 January 2011 at 11:31  
Blogger goethechosemercy said...

Quote:
In order to obtain accurate information, staff will be asked to fill in questionnaires stating whether or not they are homosexual or in the process of changing gender; what religion they adhere to; and what disabilities they have.
end quote.

Information is a great commodity in war; particularly where the war is silent and internal.
homosexuality = singled out
gender = singled out
religion = singled out
disability = singled out.
To find out your
values, attitudes, weaknesses.
In order to hurt you, to make you feel yourself to be subdued, no doubt.

14 January 2011 at 18:22  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Geoff @ 11.31

I'll hum it, you sing :

''Oh but my joy of today
Is that we can all be proud to say
To be gay, muslim and black
Is where it's at''

I favour the Nina Simone rendition over the 'Bob and Marcia' version; how about you? :o}

14 January 2011 at 18:30  

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