In 2007, Abigail Howarth, then an 18 year old student, was barred from applying for a training programme with the Environment Agency because her ethnic background didn't fit the bill – she is white and English.Abigail, who wanted to join the Agency's flood management programme, saw an advert in a local newspaper offering positions in the Anglia region where she lived, complete with a £13,000-a-year tax-free grant. She was told there was no point submitting her application because of her ethnic background - but she could have applied if she had been white and Welsh, Scottish or Irish!
The advert made no mention of the ban on white English applicants, merely noting that candidates from ethnic minorities, such as "Asian, Indian' and "White Other, e.g. Irish, Welsh, Scottish', were encouraged to put themselves forward for the position.
Abigail, who was awaiting the results of A-Levels in environmental science, geography and geology, emailed PATH National Ltd, the company that was handling applications. She asked: "Am I correct in assuming that as I am English (White) I need not apply as the preference is for the minorities you have listed, or can I apply anyway?'
Three days later, PATH recruitment officer, Bola Odusi, replied: "Thank you for your enquiry unfortunately the traineeship opportunity is targeted towards the ethnic minority group to address their under representations in the professions under the Race Relations Act amended 2000."
Abigail said: "I was really disappointed. To be told being "White English" ruled me out in my home country shocked me. I really wanted to work for the agency and I was very excited - followed by feeling very disappointed. I would not have minded had I been beaten for the position by somebody better able than me."
The English Democrats believe this is discrimination and were active at the time in helping– yet sadly such discrimination is often officially tolerated. If any other ethnic group were to be discriminated against in such a way then there would be a massive investigation by the government and other publicly funded bodies. This whole problem is born from the twisted creed known as 'political correctness'.
One key aspect of political correctness is that a person, an institution or a government is politically correct when they cease to represent the interests of the majority, and become focused on the deliberate subversion of English national culture and interests, the denigration of English history and of the English themselves, and the promotion of the objectives of minority pressure groups.
Political correctness allows protection for every other ethnic group – including white Irish, white Scottish and white Welsh. This discrimination is actually against the law, but is officially tolerated. It seems absurd that everyone else in England is protected but not the English! The English Democrats would encourage anyone in Abigail's position to sue the discriminator.
As we say in our manifesto the English Democrats would carry out a review of all educational establishments, legal establishments, quangos, departments or other government organisations that are promoting political correctness will be fundamentally reconstituted and/or have their funding withdrawn or, where appropriate and if possible, be closed down. In particular, the so-called Commission for Equality and Human Rights will be closed. Private organisations that promote political correctness will not be awarded government contracts.
We will also carry out a review of all laws and regulations, and will amend or, where appropriate and if possible, completely repeal those laws and regulations that foster and promote political correctness.
This is England, the home of the English. No English man or woman should be discriminated against in their country or put to the back of the queue.
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Barred for Being English & White