Thursday, 10 July 2008

Runway Delayed By 'Equalities Impact Assessment'

via Iain Dale:

Development of Heathrow's third runway has been held up by, of all things, the Government's having to conduct an 'Equalities Impact Assessment'.

I don't particularly support the 3rd runway, but this makes me despondent at how we've got ourselves into such a ridiculous state of affairs (bolding mine):

We also want to be sure, given the socio-demographic mix in the Heathrow area, that we fully understand how airport development might affect different groups in terms of race, disability, age or gender. An initial screening exercise has been conducted to look at the potentially different effects of the proposals. Further work is now being undertaken to deliver a full equalities impact assessment. We will shortly engage in a consultative exercise, focused on these particular groups
- Ruth Kelly, Written Ministerial Statement

Dale hopes that "whatever legislation governs this political correctness gone mad state of affairs will be repealed by the next Tory government".

I sincerely hope he's right. If that means disentangling ourselves from the European Union, as some commenters at Dale's suggest it would, so much the better.

Unfortunately, before that, it could be going to get a whole lot worse.


leg-iron said...

I'd have thought the impact of a runway through your house would be pretty much independent of race, religion or ability. Everyone's likely to have remarkably similar feelings about it.

But that's the way of the professional timewaster these days. Here's another one:

Anonymous said...

Did you know Christopher Glamorganshire? What's the gossip?

QT said...

@anonymous: First I've heard of it - thanks for bringing it to my attention.

@leg-iron: That's what I would have thought too - that's why I find it so ridiculous!