UK Politics

Conservative Party: Political correctness won't lead to equality

News   •   Nov 18, 2010 10:20 GMT

Speaking at the Coin street community centre in South London, the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, Theresa May announced plans to end Whitehall's top down approach to enforce equality from above.

The socio economic duty introduced by Harriet Harman under the previous government proved detrimental to the cause, categorising people into labels and not treating them as individuals.

These new plans will reject political correctness and social engineering in favour of enhancing the Government's underlying ongoing commitment to equality and fairness.

Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality Theresa May said:

"Equality has become a dirty word because it has come to be associated with the worst aspects of pointless political correctness and social engineering.

"Just look at the socio-economic duty. In reality, it would have been just another bureaucratic box to be ticked. It would have meant more time filling in forms and less time focusing on policies that will make a real difference to people's life chances.

"We need to move away from this old approach and make equalities work for everyone. We need equalities policy to work with the grain of human nature, not against it. Legislation on its own is not enough. Government will no longer dictate how people should behave. Instead we will put in place an architecture to support business and wider society to do the right thing."