UUP: Equality cause of more conflict

Dermot Nesbitt argues that zero sum dynamics underlying the current working of equality agendas are causing more injustices than they are solving.

  • Davros

    This is a difficult one. Equality of opportunity starting from a position of inequality will only perprtuate inequality. When one community has been disadvantaged, for whatever reason and not playing blame games, the only way to acheive anything approaching equality is through giving an advantage to those disadvantaged. I would like to see less stress put on religious monitoring and more on class/community. We stray into the area that Gallagher talked about with US Patriot movements, where “Poor white Trash” were part of the supposedly advantaged community ( ie white ) and as such felt aggrieved at help and support being given to those who could claim an identity that necessitated help – be it colour, gender, sexuality or disability.

  • Alan

    It concerns me that :-

    1. The Equality Agenda is being presented as a Sinn Fein agenda.
    2. The Equality agenda is being presented solely as a catholic versus protestant problem.

    Equality should be supported by all of our parties (most do!), and there should be a recognition that all the section 75 groups need additional support. Focusing on the catholic/ protestant issue (no matter what you think of its merits)to the exclusion of other groups only throws the concept of Equality into disrepute.

    We do need a review of Equality Policy, but only after the Single Equality Bill has passed and there has been some time to assess its implementation and impact.

    Meanwhile, criticism based on adverse impact to one community should lead to positive action by the Equality Commission.

  • willowfield

    The Provos themselves present “the equality agenda” as THEIR agenda. It’s their way of trying to justify their heinous terror campaign. They pretend they were murdering people for Section 75.

    I’m not really sure what the UUP mean: the press release doesn’t provide any background. I think they object to the idea being promoted by government that there is inequality of opportunity in NI without any evidence base (other than the notorious unemployment statistic), which implies that there is some kind of systemic or institutional discrimination against Roman Catholics.

    That’s not the same as saying there should not be equality legislation to prevent discrimination.

  • Vera

    There probably is still discrimination against Catholics in NI, but there’s not a damn thing the government or equality legislation or anything else can do about it. No one seriously doubts that there is still alot of discrimination against Blacks in the US despite decades of working against it.

    It’s a hearts and minds issue, and as such is pretty impervious to government action.

    Which is not to say that there shouldn’t be anti-discrimination laws. It’s just that they can never be very effective because it’s usually impossible to prove.

    Which I suppose means that we’re all (on both sides of the Atlantic) doomed.

  • cg

    The problem arises from the fact that section 75 isn’t clear enough and certain groups opposed to equality try and abuse it.

    I personally have never read a more vague statutory provision.