Tuesday, 14 May 2013
DISCRIMINATION - BETRAYING THE SPIRIT OF LIBERATION DAY
Who would want to be seen to vote against final implementation of our decades overdue Discrimination Law? No one, surely? Well, unless perhaps you happened to be one of the last surviving residents of the local valley of the political dinosaurs. But as I commented there are certainly a number of people who deserve an extra 'pat on the back' for their efforts in getting us here.
Former Senator Wendy Kinnard is one - being in at the very start. Deputy Geoff Southern is surely another for being fleet of thought enough to grasp the opportunity to slip this through back in 2011 at a time when most Members were distracted by thoughts of their summer holidays. The current Minister too, Senator Le Gresley also deserves congratulations.
Yet it also simply had to be highlighted that a staggering hypocrisy exists when on the one hand so many can voice their strident commitment to equality. But are nevertheless quite happy to deny this very fundamental facet of a modern jurisdiction to the residents of St. Helier - a third of the Island's population - in the desperation to maintain a grasp on power; and/or simply to hang on to the £46,000 salary for being a Constable.
Discrimination isn't just about 'black' or 'white'; 'male' or 'female'; 'straight' or 'gay' etc. The sooner those significant number of States Members who fall into this category finally take this on board the sooner this government will finally begin to be taken seriously as a conduit for the fairer, more equal society we always hear so much about from the Establishment party around election times.
So let's start demonstrating this core democratic principle right away by kicking Option B well and truly into the long grass reserved for proposals not fit for the 21st Century. Indeed, let's make sure we bury it a good six feet deep. Should we not do so then all of today's fine words will in truth be lip service of the most contemptible kind.
It will also be an utter betrayal of what so many local people fought and struggled for some seven decades ago.