After Patten, ethnic quotas for British police..?

IN a speech to be given later today, Commission for Racial Equality chairman Trevor Phillips is likely to call for positive discrimination in favour of Muslims applying to join the police in Great Britain. In fact, he’ll describe it as a matter, not just of fairness and equality, but an issue of national security. Mr Phillips will cite the 50:50 recruitment policy the PSNI uses to further his point – which is a tad ironic, given that the 50:50 rule actually discriminates against ethnic minorities getting into the PSNI. Funny old world…Here’s a preview of the relevant part of Phillips’ speech:

In Northern Ireland, in order to integrate the new Police Service there the law had to be changed to allow the PSNI to recruit half of all its new recruits from the Catholic community.

“As a result, the Catholic contribution to the PSNI has increased significantly and this has changed both how that service treats Catholics and how it is treated by Catholics. I can’t say for certain whether I think we should go down this road; and if we do how exactly we’d do it.

“But I do know that we have to debate such measures if we are going to avoid the spectre of a mainly white security and justice apparatus policing increasingly aggrieved and hostile black and Asian communities.”