Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Keys to the Asylum

In the news yesterday is the story of a Kent builder who claims he was called racist by Jobcentre staff, after his advert for a carpenter said the person must be able to speak and read English!

Apparently, the Job Centre wrote to him with a letter that said: “You informed the contact centre you were not willing to employ anyone who did not speak English.

"Where employers discriminate against job applicants on the basis of race, they may be in breach of the Race Relations Act."

Even the most liberal employers among us must be dismayed to think that it is now considered “racist”, to require a potential employee to speak and write the English language as a necessary part of a job specification. Proof positive that the lunatics have been handed the keys to the asylum we now share with everyone else.


Cllr David Green said...

Of course, what you fail to report, from the same BBC article is that the race relations commission said "The Commission for Racial Equality told BBC South East Today it was reasonable for an employer to require employees to speak English in the work setting, particularly in customer-facing roles."
This really is a non issue. Typically, it will be blown out of proportion by Tory Mp's. Mr Cameron has a lot of work to do.

DrMoores said...

True and the link is there to read the broader story but the very fact that the matter / letter was raised in the first place reflects the pervasive nature of political correctness in our society that I believe CIVITAS just warned of in a paper "The Retreat of Reason", released yesterday.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the builder's requirements for personnel were at all racist! This request was not in the least directed at racism. It's only what the idiotics read IN to it. I have lived abroad, and this sort of advert is commonplace in most European countries, why should here (Great Britain) be any different?