Friday, 14 October 2011

CAUTION: MP may be talking bollocks

Today most of the papers are reporting a story about two workers being fired because they are British (i.e. white). The Daily Express, predictably has turned this into the front page headline: "WORKERS BEING FIRED BECAUSE THEY ARE BRITISH!".

Now, aside from the fact that this firing happened in the past and is not an ongoing thing as the Express headline implies, the headline might be bollocks for another reason.

You see, the only source for this story is Henry Smith MP who said in parliament:

"Recently, I have been dealing with a case on behalf of two constituents who were dismissed from their job with a commercial cleaning firm called Jani-King, allegedly for being British.

"Can we have consideration for a debate on discrimination against British workers in this country?"

Now, the problem here is that the word used is "allegedly". There's no definite proof yet, one way or the other that this happened. Yet this tory MP has, purely on the basis of what two constituents told him, decided that this is evidence of "discrimination against British workers" on such a wide scale that it merits a parliamentary debate on the issue.

The firm which employed the two men, menawhile has said that the two men were dismissed following standard procedures.

Now, there's no more facts known about the story than these, yet an MP and some newspapers are acting as if the discrimination had definitely shown to have happened. I've got no idea whether the allegation of discrimination is true or not - if it is then I'm sure the tribunal will rule in the favour of the two men and the company will be in trouble for breaching the Race Discrimination Act. A law which, despite what morons like Richard Littlejohn would have you believe, does prevent discrimination against British people just as much as it does ethnic minorities (who, incidentally, normally are also British).

But the fact that the newspapers and a tory MP are moaning about this and calling for a debate over something that may not even have happened stands in stark contrast to the silence from tory MPs and the right wing press when it comes to the far more frequent discrimination against women and ethnic minorities.

Believe it or not, there is not widespread discrimination against white, British males. But there's a significant chunk of the press who fervently try to tell people that it is happening in order to try and provide proof to support their own prejudices. And, in the process, it acts as validation for organisations such as the BNP and the EDL. And, because of reporting like this, feeding into a myth of victimhood for white men, it's highly likely that some poor bugger will get his head cracked, just for having dark skin, by a racist thug who thinks that his views are justified because of headlines like "WORKERS BEING FIRED BECAUSE THEY ARE BRITISH!"

So, before you pay too much attention to this story, just remember: just because it's an MP who's claiming that something is happening doesn't mean that he's not talking bollocks.

5 comments:

  1. George, it would be far more of a surprise to find an MP who was not talking bollox.

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  2. I actually think he's raising a legitimate point - how else was he supposed to do his job and represent his constituents if the company refused to respond to any of his concerns other than threatening legal action!!

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  3. There are some valid points in the article below
    perhaps slightly at odds with the title.
    http://www.leftfootforward.org/2011/10/why-are-the-coalition-so-ageist/
    I believe Sir Richard Branson and the latest lottery winner have the same state pension entitlement as I do. A higher priority for the Government though is to slash ESA payments by fair means or foul - largely the latter!

    http://www.leftfootforward.org/2011/10/why-are-the-coalition-so-ageist/

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  4. I work as a cleaner at jani king and i can confirm they do things illegally ive bin short paid many occasions and they never do a thing about it and ive brought it up many times also they changed our pay from fortnightly to monthly now there changing it to one week after that it wont just be these two women takin em to a tribunal so its not bollox and until u work 4 th company dont comment

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    1. Fair enough then. My point, however, that, from what the MP had said at the time I'd written the blogpost, there was nothing substantial to back up the media frenzy about it.

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