Thursday, March 01, 2007

A town too white and too British

Corby has been branded too white and too British according to the Prison Service says a Daily Mail article.

A town is being stripped of scores of public sector jobs because its residents are "too white and British".

The Prison Service is relocating the posts to a nearby city where there are more ethnic minorities.

The 80 office jobs are being transferred from the depressed former steel town of Corby, in Northamptonshire, to Leicester.

The Tory General Election candidate for the town, which suffers from deprivation and is in desperate need of jobs, wrote to the Prison Service to demand an explanation.

In an astonishing reply, director of finance Ann Beasley - one of Home Secretary John Reid's top civil servants - said the town had too many white British residents.

Under the heading "key influencing factors", the letter states: "Our ability to attract a more diverse workforce - 93.7 per cent of the population of Corby are white British, compared to 59.6 per cent in Leicester"

As I understand it, Britain's racial makeup is still something like 92% white and 8% non-white - which means, if anything, that Corby is about average. With barely 60% white British, Leicester is clearly not white enough.

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