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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 85% Conservative, 15% Liberal

Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal


At 5:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like you Edward, I think you're hot. That whole blonde lawyer thing... very sexy.

At 7:10 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the reference to "BMEs" a little offensive.

Posted by: Edward | July 13, 2007 at 14:24

"I find the reference to "BMEs" a little offensive."

Posted by: Peter | July 13, 2007 at 15:52

Asking again, WHY?

At 11:05 am, Blogger Edward said...

It strikes me as a little divisive to use a candidate's ethnicity not as an adjective (one which I don't think is actually of any relevance to do the job - although it is heartening as evidence of the declining discrimination which characterised earlier times) but as a noun. To do so hints at candidates with ethnic minority heritage as being not first and foremost people but rather another group, distinct from the rest of society.

I also have some residual irritation at the creep of fairly mindless acronyms...but I wouldn't characterise that as in any way offensive!

If the term is going to be used in place of real words, then at least it should be used, as it was elsewhere in the article, to refer to "BME candidates". Would you dream of referring to the number of "blacks" selected or the number of "minority ethnics" selected? I rather suspect you'd use them adjectivally: "black candidates", "candidates from ethnic minorities". The same should be done with the acronym.

And there's no need to shout or hector Mr Anonymous/Peter...

At 12:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I happen to find the acronym offensive myself and it's refreshing to find someone else who feels the same way.

There are so many things wrong with the phrase, I could be here ranting all day long.
Why, for instance separate Black from other ethnic minorities?

Also, there is a lot of counter-productive research being done in the name of helping "BMEs".
See this example by the department of transport -the original is gone but its still in google's cache.

More and more collectivism and the assumption that difficulties or dislikes are a direct result of your ethnicity and not just individual preference or socio-economic status and the government can and WILL be all things to all people and we need it to tell us where to go and hold our hand at every opportunity.

As a black woman, I find it unbelievable that the individual problems a person has can be projected onto everyone with the same skin colour and then as the report does, on to everyone who is Afro-
Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Black African, Chinese, Eastern European, Indian,Jewish and Pakistani!

Is this not sinister? Why do people not accept that this is actually a form of racism much worse than the non-issues the CRE and other navel-gazing groups regularly tout?

Oh my God, I'm ranting already. I better just stop.

By the way I am not the Peter who left the message on ConservativeHome and I didn't mean to shout.

At 1:07 pm, Blogger Edward said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting.

The link you provide to the Dept of Transport google cache is revealing and demonstrates what I think is a real problem. I have to say I quite agree with you. Unfortunately it's been made so difficult to discuss things such as this as so many people are concerned that false motives will be attributed to them.

Another concern is that it makes society much easier to "manage" if we are all shoved into - for the purposes of the government - homogenous "groups" all deemed to have the same interests and problems.

There's certainly some truth in this statement of your's: "Why do people not accept that this is actually a form of racism much worse than the non-issues the CRE and other navel-gazing groups regularly tout?"

As I say though, thanks for contributing; you've inspired me to a blog post on this when I'm less busy... I hope you'll come back!

At 7:25 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll keep coming back if you post more frequently!

I quit my blog because there was too much to say and too little time to write it as well as I wanted. Now google is forcing me to get a gmail account.... too complicated.

Anyway, my advice if you're finding it hard to keep up your posts, is to keep them short and punchy like Tim Worstall does.
When you write, be as brief and pithy as you possibly can.
Eventually you'll have a body of posts, with all the right content. Sometimes it feels like there is so much that needs to be said, but it doesn't all have to be in the same post.

You can reach me at boredcasuistathotmail if you like (and perhaps delete this comment too as I'm soooo paranoid about leaving my email address on blogs!).

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