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Call for political parties to publish diversity of candidates

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  1. I am much more concerned about their stand-points / voting records on equality, freedom of expression and religious previlege in the public square, and religious affilliations, to be honest.

  2. …and who their major donors are.

  3. I agree, transparency in all things including who is funding them.

    If Fundamentalist Christians are making large donations to political parties to promote their creationist agenda . . . I want to know about it.

  4. What a ridiculous suggestion!! it’s irrelevent whether an MP is gay, straight or anything else inbetween. Obviously if people want to be open thats fine but there are plenty of others who don’t consider it to be a big deal or yet anyone elses business.
    Much more important that they are doing a good job.

  5. Who gives a flying toss if they are male / female / old / black / gay / crossdressing / vegetarian / seven-day-wonders or closet f_cking Elvis impersonators?

    All I, and most other people, want is politicians that do their jobs properly and not bleed us dry in the process. If it turns out that they are all middle-aged white heterosexual men, then so be it. All this positive discrimination bollocks just weakens, not strengthens an organisation’s ability to do it’s job. Just get the right people to do the damn job, and drop all this quota crap.

  6. I think it is fair to ask not only members of political party, but even your own doctor in any hospital, if he is a homosexual person. Muslims — most of them, of course — would prefer to deal with streight persons only.

  7. Pumpkin Pie 26 Nov 2009, 10:31pm

    All I, and most other people, want is politicians that do their jobs properly and not bleed us dry in the process. If it turns out that they are all middle-aged white heterosexual men, then so be it. All this positive discrimination bollocks just weakens, not strengthens an organisation’s ability to do it’s job. Just get the right people to do the damn job, and drop all this quota crap.

    I don’t like quotas either, but what if the people doing the job AREN’T the right people, specifically because of biased selection?

    Regardless, I agree with AdrianT. Voting records and opinions are what matter.

  8. I agree with the spirit of what AdrianT says, although candidates presumably don’t have a voting record – at least not one in the house of commons that can be compared.

    Positive discrimination and negative discrimination are both wrong, on any grounds. And it’s daft anyway.
    – We can’t fairly compare male v. female candidacy statistics without finding a way to measure male v. female aspiration to candidacy, and experience/qualities for the job by would-be candidates
    – I’m not sure how we can possibly monitor race… if my grandfather was Afro-Caribbean do I score 25% or is it actually about what I look like? Would they count ethnicity by skin colour (as seems popular) or by percentage of 1st/2nd/3rd… generation immigrants from each country as a proportion of the constituency’s population?
    – Do they count sexuality by declaration or by genetic test?

    The fact is that the statistics and “equality” (haha) policies of the moment are politics and not reality. These proposals would make the situation worse.

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