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Labour Must Stop Weaponising Identity Politics



It seems these days that the word diversity is being employed to pursue divisive politics with the effect of creating a more divisive society. Therefore doing exactly the opposite of what it seeks to achieve. Under the banner of diversity there now exists a plethora of social groups which all aim to ensure ‘equality’. However, their entrenched beliefs that their group is a movement and permanent social crusade for fairness does not necessarily achieve equality. They are often attempting to secure an elevated status in our society, it is not an assimilation they seek. This has the effect of simply creating more division.

Sadly many Labour MP’s view their role as simply being committed to an agenda of diversity, and little else. Of course we want people to be tolerant, respectful and considerate to women and minority groups and so we need to start using words like tolerant, respectful and considerate more. All of us. Yes all of us including women and minority groups. What we should be doing less of is relying on one word ‘diversity’ to somehow capture all of the positive qualities of the open minded human being.

Take for example the considerable use of all women shortlists in our Party. By barring men from, say, applying to be the delegate for conference of their CLP is utterly discriminatory. Just because you place the word positive in front of the word discrimination doesn’t make it any less discriminatory. People should only ever be selected on merit alone. Fighting inequality with more inequality only serves to create disrespect and antipathy, and most importantly all we end up with is even more inequality.

If people in the Labour Party realise that the greatest divide of all is that between rich and poor and concentrate all their efforts into defeating this divide, then as a consequence I’m quite sure other divides would be broken down far more naturally.

Jamie Fulford

Digital Media and IT Officer



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