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Laura Perrins: May’s next audit


On Wednesday I outlined the problems with Theresa May’s Race Audit. I don’t necessarily have a problem with the audit, but I do have a big problem with the rhetoric, the bit where she called us all racists. The new-fangled website telling us all about how racist we are (or how race correlates with disadvantage) is here.

We all know May, or Nurse Ratched as I like to call her, loves a good audit. What she cannot audit she will review. What she cannot review she will inquire into. There is no injustice that cannot be remedied through an audit, no unfairness that can withstand review, no wrong that cannot be righted by inquiry.

So, I’d like to ask: when is May going to do an audit on how many children who are born into the married family end up unemployed or in jail? What is the unemployment rate for those who finish GCSE/A-level or NVQ, get married and have children in that order? What is the school exclusion rate for boys raised without fathers?

I sense Nurse Ratched would not have an audit on that. That would be ‘nasty’. But calling everyone else a racist – that’s just fine. We are all just to accept this massive exercise in virtue-signalling by our good PM, even though it is at our expense. This race auditing nonsense is a very subtle switch from focusing on culture to looking at race.

This switch is a handy way of blaming society for other individual bad decisions, as individuals are not responsible for their race, so these different outcomes must be someone else’s fault. Yours in fact. Whereas if culture is to blame, this focuses on individual responsibility, so the less said about that the better. To discuss personal responsibility, to discuss parenting, to discuss culture is to be ‘nasty’ and we cannot have that.

May has already said she is going to audit school exclusions based on race. Fine. I would also like to know, as I said, how many of those excluded are being raised without fathers. Let’s have some numbers on that.

So ConWomers, if you have any other ideas, any other outcomes that need auditing, please do let us know below.

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