Friday, February 09, 2007

The Welsh are racists....its official

This blogging thing is ultra distracting from the task of being a blood sucking capitalist leech. So I had planned not to engage in the spouting of my usual erudite bile (at least for today). But then my plan suddenly came to nought. The cause? One of the usual suspects, I am afraid. None other than the Commission for Racial Equality.A report from the Commission for Racial Equality has found that each of the 22 local authorities in Wales are failing to prevent racial discrimination in the allocation of council houses. The CRE's director in Wales, Chris Myant, said that unless councils improved in this field their chief executives would find themselves being prosecuted.The allegation of 'institutional racism' has even been raised. It’s perhaps understandable that Welsh councils have been somewhat negligent in this area. A little perspective is called for….
People from ethnic minorities made up only 4% of the Welsh population in 2001, compared to 13% for England. The number of black people living in Wales amounts to just over 7,000 people or a quarter of one percent of the population. In many parts of Wales, especially in the valleys and to the north of the country, non-white people are a rare sight. In Wrexham, 99% of the population are white, and there are only 164 black people out of a total population of 128,000. I have extracted all of those statistics from where else but the …..website of the Commission for Racial Equality. Perhaps Welsh councils feel (with some justification) that they have more important matters to focus on.....

27 comments:

Arthurian Legend said...

Last year I was present at a meeting hosted by The Freedom Association at which Philip Davies MP was speaking.

He advocated the closure of the CRE and cited, inter alia, the fact that it has been taken to industrial tribunals 10 times over recent years for racial discrimination...

You could not make it up...

Newmania said...

You could not make it up...

and just when my KA curiosity was abating . File that with the taget rof targets that actually exists.
Sometimes though racism is often only tangentially linked to real numbers. If you think of the history of anti semitism in this country for example .

Anonymous said...

The racists telling the people they are racist ,another Quango that should be shutdown

Ellee said...

IT, if you lived closer I would buy you a pint, or even two. This is exactly the topic I am dealing with on my PR course at the moment. A council with this background has just had an election and the new members employ a PR team to campaign to overcome this kind of racial discrimination. Fantastic, some good links for me to research. Have a good weekend, it's cold and foggy and soggy now the snow has melted.

Newmania said...

IT, if you lived closer I would buy you a pint, or even two. This is exactly the topic I am dealing with on my PR course at the moment

I v` got a bit of a thorst on Ellee?

Hallo!

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james higham said...

Interesting you should post about the Welsh. I was just reading about them today and one of the quotes was that there are parts of Wales where the only concession to gaiety is a striped shroud. Sorry - you're not part-Welsh, are you?

istanbultory said...

No Welsh connections, origins, roots to boast of...

Newmania said...

Mrs .N is descended from George Herbert and The Pirate Henry Morgan who was Govenor of Jamaica. She is also of Trinidadian heritage and so its is highly likely that one set of ancestors enslaved the other.
I must say I have always been rather keen on the Welsh I was a great admirer of their magical rugby team of the 1970s and met Gerald davie at a company "do" once.

What an honour

Oh well a full weekend of Socialising awaits. Dinner tonight and Party tommorow . I wonder what its like out there far from civilisation...

I suppose you are never far from your next Kebab, which reminds me, . We used to have a phrase for the incidental spending that sucks so prodigiosuly on ones bank account

"Jesus where did it go "
"Cabs Tabs and Kebabs"

GET OFF THAT COMPUTER IT

Croydonian said...

One might note that the Fuhrer of the BNP moved to North Wales, and its levels of whiteness may well be a factor.

Steven_L said...

I lived in Cardiff for 3 years, I got loads of abuse for being English. Still, it's better than being surrounded by foreigners like in London, at least the Welsh can parle anglais.

grumpy said...

Racism?
You know that we are all supposed to celebrate the 'end of slavery' two hundred years ago? (Tell that to the East European prostitutes in the UK).
So far as the celebrations/apologies are concerned, I have a couple of problems. One of my ancestors was heavily involved in abolishing the slave trade; several others were actually captains of slave trading ships. The slave traders left the family an inheritance, the abolitionist spent it.
I'm not sure now whether I should be apologising to somebody or asking for compensation, or both.

I've already prayed for guidance about this dilemma and got no reply. So now I will go to the top. I'll write to Tony and ask his advice; as the world's greatest moraliser, he should be able to give me the right answer, and perhaps he'll give God a telling off for ignoring my request .

Colin said...

Ellee,

"I would buy you a pint"

That's really a nice idea. You could buy him a pint if you would invite him at your next meeting with the leaders of 18 Doughty Street. I think that he deserves the honor.

Colin said...

Grumpy,

"I've already prayed for guidance about this dilemma and got no reply."

No problem, Grumpy, I can help.

Just send the evil money to me and I'll forgive you.

If I search long enough, I should be able to find an African gene among my DNA to justify your transfer of money to my bank account.

grumpy said...

colin said,'send me the evil money'.
No, you pillock, I was looking for somebody to give me some. I thought I'd made a pretty good case for getting a hand-out.
If I told Tony I was a black Muslim, would that help my case?

Mr Eugenides said...

I don't know about the Welsh being racists, but I live next to Murrayfield Stadium, and I can tell you they're bloody ugly.

istanbultory said...

Welcome, Mr Eugenides. I quite agree.
I feel honoured to have been visited by such distinguished bloggers as Mr Eugenides,Cranmer, James Higham, Caroline Hunt amongst others this honours. Things can only get better as they used to say....

Anonymous said...

I lived in Wales for 5 years. I have to say there are many nice folk there, but there are a higher proportion of patronising folk there towards coloured people like myself.

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