Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Now you see it, now you don't. The mystery of the edited election address.
Readers of this week's Reporter will have seen the election addresses of all five candidates for the Longdendale council by-election. (Labour, Conservative, BNP, UKIP and Green).
We have learned from Mr Jones, the BNP candidate that his Election Address was edited to remove one of his points. Examination of paragraph 5 of his address (reproduced above)shows a difference from his submited address, the 5th paragraph of which stated
" I will also oppose political discrimination as evidenced in the council's contract with taxi firms and their censorship of the local press as revealed by myself two years ago and repeated in the magazine Private Eye."
The relevant page of the contract is reproduced above and the reader's attention is drawn to sections 1.2 and 1.8.
Section 1.2 is a standard non-discrimination clause. I have no problem with this, though it is odd that it does not specifically mention discrimination on racial grounds.
Section 1.8 is more problematic. It states "....it is a requirement to have a workforce that is .....compatable to respect the choices of Service Users and Carers from Black and Minority Ethnic Communites"
Why just Black and Minority Ethnic? Surely we all deserve consideration? And what does "Compatable to respect the choices" mean? Why have this paragraph at all? It would be sufficient to put "race or ethnic origin" in section 1.2 above to ensure fair treatment for all service users and carers, again something which I have no problem with.
Mr Jones has contacted the council for an explaination but has received no reply, though he has a theory.
"Section 1.2 applies only when a discriminatory act has occured, but 1.8 is designed to deal with an act which is believed to be about to happen or which could happen. In other words a taxi driver who is, or suspected to be "incompatable" will lose their contract. And what will be the main reason for not being "compatable"? That's right, membership of, support for or voting for, the BNP"
Isn't Democracy wonderful?