In praise of Trevor Phillip’s….
I have alot of time for Trevor Phillip’s; the much-maligned head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His face doesn’t fit (more accurately his repudiation of liberal sacred cows like multiculturalism doesn’t fit) and for that he is terrorised by the establishment. True, he has failings, but his willingness to speak out over issues like multiculturalism and call it the failure it is should be worth at least some defence. His comments that multiculturalism could see Britain “sleepwalk into segregation” are both prescient and timely.
Celebrating difference is actively promoting and encouraging it; it should therefore be unsurprising when communities fray at the edges and the celebration of difference becomes active segregation and the rise of fear and suspicion. All of which is followed politically by the rise of parties like the British National Party. Multiculturalism is unquestionably partially to blame for the rise of the BNP as are the rather more absurd tenants of political correctness. It is the negation of liberty and leads to the widening of social divisions as Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, points out in response to Boris Johnson’s suggestion that non-Muslims fast for Ramadan;
“This message obviously seeks to flatter Muslim voters, but that does not make it any less of a silly overstatement. We can all get on together – Christians, Hindus, Muslims and atheists,” he said. “But the moment religion becomes a political tool, it takes on sinister overtones.”
Furthermore, it is clear that the EHRC is far too big and bloated a remit even by this governments bureaucratic standards. The EHRC should be dismantled and reconfigured along leaner and meaner lines; broken down into component parts for each area of discrimination then brought back together under the EHRC umbrella. Despite at and Phillip’s failings there is still much worthy of defence in what it has done; it is right to take the BNP to task for their membership structure and has other achievements that Phillip’s himself lists;