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Concerns that “right-wing politics” could hamper anti-discrimination laws

Concerns that “right-wing politics” could hamper anti-discrimination laws

Friday 12 March 2021

Concerns that “right-wing politics” could hamper anti-discrimination laws


The director of a Guernsey equality group fears that "right-wing beliefs" within the States Assembly could block the introduction of new anti-discrimination laws.

The States announced this week that preparations for the implementation of Phase 1 of the new multi-ground Discrimination Ordinance are underway.

But Karen Blanchford, Partnership Director of We All Matter, Eh?, has expressed concern that some members of the House may delay debating a policy letter on equality of sexual orientation and religious belief. 

“Phase 1 is really good news, on the whole,” said Mrs Blanchford. “For 13 years or so we’ve been pushing for equality, so this is a really good step up. We met with [Chief Minister] Deputy Peter Ferbrache and he reassured us that as an individual he was supportive of Phase 1. 

However, she fears that some of the more Conservative members of the House may use economic pressure post-Covid and post-Brexit as an excuse to refrain from discussing matters they may find personally disagreeable. 

“Sexual orientation and religious belief are still being discussed, and a policy letter is being drafted for debate," said the Guernsey Disability Alliance Partnership Director. 

Anti Discrimination Gathering

Pictured: Campaigners petitioning States members to support the introduction of new anti-discrimination legislation last year. 

"That debate is due in Quarter 2, but we are expecting the right-wingers to delay it. It may be dressed up as economic development – businesses have been hit by Covid and by Brexit, so let's delay – we are half expecting that."

Last July, the States unanimously approved proposals for a new Discrimination Ordinance to be introduced. The first of two phases will cover the grounds of disability, carer status, race, sexual orientation and religious belief.  

The Ordinance, which is currently being drafted, will make discrimination unlawful based on any of these grounds in employment; in the provision of goods, services and accommodation; and in the membership of clubs and associations.

A Discrimination Legislation Stakeholder Group including representatives of GDA, Equality, Liberate, carers and religions met for the first time remotely last month. This group will provide feedback to the Committee for Employment & Social Security on the plans for implementing the new laws. 

Also involved were representatives from business, private schools, hospitality, employment law, and landlords, as well as representatives of the grounds of protection that will be included in Phase 1 of the Ordinance. The meeting focussed on identifying training and information requirements, which will be provided over the next 18 months or so, ahead of the implementation of legislation later in 2022. 

Mrs Blanchford said: “We have been looking at a training needs analysis for businesses, especially small businesses. The stance between us and G4 [business groups] is that the legislation is coming so let's make it happen. So, we are seeing what’s being offered in the various sectors, finding out what’s missing, and then plugging the gaps. 

Deputy Peter Roffey

Pictured: Employment & Social Security President Peter Roffey said the anti-discrimination legislation is "a hugely important piece of work."

The legislation is expected at the end of 2022, so we have plenty enough time for thisIt has been prioritised within the States' Work Plan; we are anxious for that to be approved and to move on without delay. We all want to work together to make the implementation of legislation as smooth as possible.” 

Phase 1 has been recommended for inclusion within the list of emerging strategic recovery actions in the Government Work Plan, while the legal drafting has also been given high priority status. 

Deputy Peter Roffey, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security, said the Discrimination Ordinance is "a hugely important piece of work."

"As we progress this work, we will continue to engage with the various groups that will have duties under this new legislation, and those that will be protected by it. This first meeting of the Discrimination Legislation Stakeholder Group highlights our ongoing commitment to do so." 

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Posted by John Semenowicz on
We appear to have voted in deputies who’s sole aim appears to be bashing the the now, minority group of progressive Guernsey deputies. They attack those deputies who have risen to the challenges and have been willing to make some unpopular decisions but in the best interests of the whole community. Such candidates are playing the populist ticket bringing a “street fighting” element in to our politics.
This how they got elected.
1. Create divisions by siding with the discontented. Create an us and them situation. local - non local etc
2. Create a friends and enemies environment. When you find an enemy and constantly attack them.
4. Always try to make your supporters laugh by making fun of your opponents. (e.g. make fun of them during states meeting broadcasts. This will appeal to the " I do like the way he lays into them all" bar fly voter )
5. Do what your our gut tells you and, your emotions not your brain
6. Use simple meaningless statements or slogans like “I tell em it how it is” "get guernsey going again"
7. Use nostalgia to make people believe it is better to turn the clocks back.
11. Don’t attempt to get highly intelligent people to vote for you always side with the stronger “man in the street”
12. Make your arguments crude and forceful
13. Appeal to emotions, instincts and nostalgia never the intellect.
14. Make as many official complaints as you can and get the media attention. And frequently attack the media for being left wing.
15. Try to label your enemies as Woke, snowflakes, globalists etc
(Always keep your complaints anonymous if you can, and above all keep out left wingers, snowflakes, non locals, foreigners and anyone with an IQ above 75 out of the election race by whatever underhanded means possible)
Posted by Robert Williams on
Better than having illiberal left wing views imposed upon us.
Posted by Brian veillard on
I am suprised that Mrs Blanchford complains about the make-up of the States. They were all voted in by the whole Island population who were eligible and bothered to exercise their vote. If they have voted in a majority of right-wingers rather than left-wing, socialist candidates it implies that policies loved by the left will not get on the Statute Book if they are aimed at discriminating against the majority.
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