Diversity Makes Politics Different

Reform shouldn't be about number crunching to get Labour's best result, but rooted in fairness and doing politics differently. Tory driven changes are about divide and rule, not consensus building. That why diversity needs to be at the centre of this debate, as so many of us - disabled people for example - are largely excluded from politics. Diversity won't only make things look different, but change much of the dynamics - helping people feel politics is less remote and more relevant to their lives. That goes for The Labour Party too. This is what I said last week on HuffPost about our illusion of democracy: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/emily-brothers/the-illution-of-british-d_b_9561762.html

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  • Emily Brothers
    commented 2016-04-04 14:37:17 +0100
    Precisely. I believe in a fully elected Senate too. At what expense though? If political parties don’t include disabled people or other groups within their representation, those holding advantage will still have the power. Now the Lib Dems have no hope of power, they’ve just decided to reserve target seats for disabled people. So what’s stopping Labour? Is it that disabled people and other minority groups will stop us from securing power? Conversely I would say, with a wider synthesis of voices and experiences, the more likely we are to reflect Britain’s rich diversity.
  • Bob Crossley
    commented 2016-04-04 13:47:20 +0100
    The point you made in your linked article (about how replacing the HoL with an elected chamber could reduce representation for the disabled) is important, and needs to be answered by proponents of a “Senate”. But in general I’d agree with a diversity assessment of anything proposed. It’s the right thing to do. And we don’t want our policies shot down as unintentionally discriminatory.
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    tagged this with like 2016-04-04 13:47:20 +0100
  • Emily Brothers
    published this page in Join the debate 2016-04-04 12:42:59 +0100