Some are more equal than others

Harriet Harman’s Equality Act requires all public bodies to take account of “the inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage”.

There are two kinds of equality. There’s ‘equality of opportunity’, whereby everyone gets a fair chance. And there’s ‘equality of outcome’, in which everyone gets the same whatever their merits. It’s a critical distinction.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has just announced her decision to scrap the clause quoted above, arguing that equality has become not a noble goal, but “a dirty word … associated with the worst forms of pointless political correctness and social engineering”. I assume she’s referring to equality of outcome, as opposed to equality of opportunity. If that’s the case, more power to her elbow!

About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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