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Harriet Harman Wants To Stamp Out Discrimination Against Northerners

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Can someone please tell Mrs Harman to Foxtrot Oscar. How ridiculous and insulting is this is? Obviously Labour thinks the North has nothing to offer the UK and needs a helping hand. Clearly there have never been any famous Northern Artists (David Hockney and Ashley Jackson), businesses (Peel Holdings ) or sports people (Steven Burke , Ben Ainslie, Paula Radcliffe).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11...ng-regions.html

By 'eck! Now it's equal rights for Northerners: Harriet Harman wants to stamp out discrimination in UK's regions

Labour is opening up a new front in its obsession with equal rights. It wants to stamp out prejudice against... Northerners.

The extraordinary plans are being dreamed up by Harriet Harman, the Government’s equalities supremo and Gordon Brown’s deputy.

The Mail on Sunday has learned that she wants to introduce rules to halt discrimination against people from ‘up North’ and other regions, and has instructed her Equalities Office to look at ‘diversity proposals’ to stop Londoners and other Southerners lording it over the rest of the country.

Equalities Minister Michael Foster said the intention was to prevent membership of the boards of national public bodies being too ‘London-centric or South-East-centric’.

His remark will spark fears that hundreds of public organisations – from the Arts Council to the Big Lottery Fund – will be required to have special quotas for Yorkshiremen, Geordies or Cornishmen whenever a vacancy comes up on their boards.

Ms Harman already aims to increase the proportion of women on quango boards from 33 per cent now to 50 per cent by 2011, and increase the representation of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

Harriet Harman

Last night the Tories ridiculed the latest plans. Theresa May, the Shadow Minister for Women, said: ‘Labour’s unhealthy obsession with a tick-box culture has often been at the expense of competence and efficiency. It is important that all public bodies represent a cross-section of views but it is vital that appointments are made on merit.’

Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley in West Yorkshire, condemned the plans as ‘equal opportunities gone berserk’ and ‘patronising to Northern people’.

Ms Harman, nicknamed ‘Harriet Harperson’ due to her politically-correct zeal, has already been warned by fellow Cabinet Minister John Denham that her obsession with equality is upsetting middle-class voters.

Ms Harman, who is also overseeing new legislation to require public bodies to promote class equality, has caused fury at No10 by suggesting that bus services should be targeted at poorer areas and away from middle-class suburbs where people could afford cars.

But in a little-noticed debate at Westminster, it emerged that her office is poised to open a new front in its obsession with equal rights.

Mr Foster was challenged by Yorkshire MP Meg Munn to stop people from the South East dominating the boards of public bodies based in London but that have a national remit.

Sheffield-born Ms Munn, a former Minister for Women and Equality, demanded action on ‘how we can get fewer people from the South East and more people from a wider area’ to serve on the boards.

Mr Foster revealed that the Government was already looking at the issue. ‘You make an important point,’ he said. ‘National boards still seem to have that problem, so an important part of our diversity proposals is that regional targeting will be part of future planning.’

He promised more research to work out the make-up of key quangos, saying: ‘That is an important aspect in determining whether there is true diversity and we will monitor it.’

In a statement last night, the Equalities Office said: ‘We want to see more diversity in public appointments. We have just launched an action plan to get more under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities and disabled people on to the boards of public bodies.

‘The plan includes a campaign to encourage people from such groups to apply for public appointments.’

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speaking as a scouser and lancastrian (kind of) living in Yorkshire

What an utter load of f*_cking Sh*te

Harriet -shut up! and pass the chips...

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Surely she means Northerners discriminating against soft, saaavern, pearly king and queen, knees up mother brown singing, white stilletto wearing, miserable, sh1te football club, inner city ghetto Krusty and Phil cockernee c*nts doesn't she? :unsure:

It's another thinly disguised proposal to enable Muslims onto the top table. Nothing to do with 'Northerners' who couldn't care less about our inferior southern friends.

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Surely she means Northerners discriminating against soft, saaavern, pearly king and queen, knees up mother brown singing, white stilletto wearing, miserable, sh1te football club, inner city ghetto Krusty and Phil cockernee c*nts doesn't she? :unsure:

It's another thinly disguised proposal to enable Muslims onto the top table. Nothing to do with 'Northerners' who couldn't care less about our inferior southern friends.

+1.

As always with Lady Harriet the Hypocrite, look beyond the headline.............

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I don't owe anybody any money I haven't been reckless and have always repaid any money I owe as quickly as possible.

But this Govt discriminates against me.

Is that fair?

I am also white, male and midldle class :ph34r: .

I am bald and discriminated aginst where can I make a claim!

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Speaking as a man, how does this quote from her 1990 paper 'the family way' give her moral authority on any issue of equality when she discriminates against 50% of the population as her default position.

"it cannot be assumed that men are bound to be an asset to family life or that the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social cohesion.........And here, of course, we hit the immediate difficulty of whether we can trust men with children.". HH 1990

B!tCH

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How long before we see someone take themself to court for discrimination? And win? :blink::lol:

Reminds me of a cartoon I remember from my childhood.

This mad cartoon character comes across a proud mum and her two twins and he remarks "Gosh! Aren't they alike? Especially the one on the right."

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Your being discriminated as your house prices aren't high enough so Gordon is going to fix it for you.

How about fixing the discrimination that exists between London and everywhere else in the UK when it comes to useful things like decent public transport or the wage differential.

If this is all our government can worry about then we really are in trouble.

As a northerner living in the South West I have no problems. Oh and just for the ministers information Northern is not another race just another part of England, I know you don't like England as an entity but then when did the truth ever stop a politician.

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Harperson needs to be stopped before things get any more out of control. Think of it. If she has her way how long before we see the courts clogged with cases for discrimination on the grounds of one's unique genetic DNA sequence?

You can imagine the case for the defence:

Some of my best friends are ACGTGTCAACGTGTCACTTGTGGCAACACGCGCACTTCGTG.

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+1.

As always with Lady Harriet the Hypocrite, look beyond the headline.............

Yes, now thinking about this, I realise that in the next 12 months there will be a large group of people who might want to describe themselves as northerners who will be looking for work who may well be totally unemployable other than for say for a job in Quango or some other public sector board.

But does living and spending most of your time in Westminster allow you to still qualify as a northerner?

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Harman is the MP for Peckham in London. In the last few years this govt has shovelled billions of resources in local government funding away from London to the north - the government actually cut Haringey's children's social care funding by 10% four years ago (and we saw what happened there) to shovel funds to Labour heartlands.

Perhaps she needs to look after her constituents - many of whom as we seek live in poor quality fire hazard tower blocks - than be worrying about northerners. Let the hundreds of northern Labour MPs worry about them!

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FFS... the only thing that anti-racism laws accomplish is the reinforcement of racism by providing a concrete admittance of it's existance.

Just like the black girl I know who has a bloody gigantic chip on her shoulder despite no-one around her giving a remote flying f*** about what her skin colour is... especially with my generation (early 20's).. we've had the new labour anti-racism educational drill hammered into us to the point where we're sick of hearing about it, and sick of getting the same slavery tuition in history lessons for 3 years in a row (yes, that's what I got).

Some people are like a broken record. If racism suddenly ended tommorow, they'd be upset because they'd have nothing to bang on about anymore. The kind of person who wouldn't be happy with world peace because they wouldn't get to whine.

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Yes, now thinking about this, I realise that in the next 12 months there will be a large group of people who might want to describe themselves as northerners who will be looking for work who may well be totally unemployable other than for say for a job in Quango or some other public sector board.

But does living and spending most of your time in Westminster allow you to still qualify as a northerner?

Well, they could always get a tax payer funded second home somewhere north of Watford...

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There's an underlying valid point: London gets far more than its fair share of public money, by virtue of having parliament and the cream of the civil service there, which in turn attract prestigious and high-value business. They show institutional contempt for the rest of England by requiring our so-called representatives to live in London - a city whose interests and concerns are often very different from ours. The best thing they could do would be to abolish the Westminster parliament.

Harthingey is of course another London-person dictating to the rest of the country.

The glaring case of discrimination against the North must be the Olympics. My experience suggests that Northerners get passionate about sport, in a way southerners don't. IIRC Manchester wanted the olympics (and could probably have made something of them), yet central government insisted they'd be a second round of regeneration on the back of that dome. Speaking as someone who wouldn't travel 25 miles for the wretched things - let alone 250-300 miles to either London or Manchester - I'd begrudge it less to the latter.

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I hear Cameron is going to try and compete with a new law that bans discrimination against Oppidans.

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And another thing.. anti-racism is offensive, too.

I really dislike the "You're a white person, that means you must hate black people, all white people do" assumption that a lot of black people make.

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I don't owe anybody any money I haven't been reckless and have always repaid any money I owe as quickly as possible.

But this Govt discriminates against me.

Is that fair?

I am also white, male and midldle class :ph34r: .

You deserve everything that's coming to you!

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God I hate this woman. Imagine being married to it, makes me shudder.

But the question is this, when (if) the Tories get in what will they actually do to reverse the trend of political correctness and nanny state policies that have crept in under 'New' Labour? My guess is nothing.

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God I hate this woman. Imagine being married to it, makes me shudder.

But the question is this, when (if) the Tories get in what will they actually do to reverse the trend of political correctness and nanny state policies that have crept in under 'New' Labour? My guess is nothing.

Apparently you will be "strongly" encouraged to attend classes in being married and if you do want to get divorced you'll have to wait for three months because Iain Duncan Smith doesn't think you know what you are doing.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8146487.stm

So no change to being bossed about, just a different agenda.

After all, we can't be trusted to make our decisions can we.

You have to remember there are social conservatives as well as economic liberals in the Tory party and they absolutely want to push you around and coerce you for your own good just as those interfering busybodies in the Labour party do. They are against PC alright, but it depends. Sometimes that are slating PC because they want to force people to do other things, not because they are against social engineering.

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