I’d like to think this is a joke, but modern Britain being modern Britain, I’m actually sure it’s not. One can only hope that at least some people will give the correct response to such an intrusive, inappropriate question: “Bugger off!”
Are you straight or gay? Police and nurses to be asked their sexuality in new equality drive
Millions of teachers, nurses and policemen could be asked to disclose their sexuality, religion and race as part of a new Coalition equality drive.
Lib Dem equalities minister Lynne Featherstone says all public sector organisations should consider sending ‘diversity monitoring forms’ to staff to prove they are treating all sections of society fairly.
Her plans are suggested in a guide to how public bodies should comply with the Act. Critics fear it will lead to an avalanche of bureaucracy and expense just as jobs are under threat and budgets are slashed.
It also says that complying with the equality duty ‘may involve treating some people better than others, as far as this is allowed by discrimination law’. (Emphasis mine.)
Is it just me, or did that last sentence sound purely Orwellian? “ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.”