I listened to Enock Powell M.P. talk on the devisive nature of anti discrimination legislation giving groups a preferential legal status, later I also listened to Lord Scarman lecture on the same lines again stressing that all citizens should have equal status under the law. At that time there was talk of a Bill of Rights to rectify this.
I have worked in Local Goverment for 21 years and my experience is that minority groups, both racial and sexual, know they have this legal advantage and exploit it, and thecult of political correctness endemic in management brought on by fear of being accused of discrimination causes decisions to be made that discriminate against the majority.
This is not right and everyone should be equal under the Law.
I read Lord Denning's "freedom under the law" this should be compulsory reading for all MPs and Civil Servants as his ideas are still relevant today, that true freedom exists under the rule of law. He did recognise England had changed after the war and rewrote Nelson as England no longer expects every man to do his duty, it requires it.
Thus a modern bill of rights needs to incorporate an outline of a citizen's duties
Why does this idea matter?
the previous government were terrified of a breakdown of law and order caused by any economic downturn and sort to criminalise the whole population, this was so obvious that it got front page on the Daily Telegraph when middle class and middle aged upright citizens realised they were being targeted by police to ensure they had a record to go on the computer.
A Minister was advised about the effects of the conditional youth caution which produces a permanent police file but she still kept it.
I am glad that this government has stated it is abandoning this criminalisation policy.
A return to the presumption of innocence in all criminal matters would help.
Making administrative tribunals subject to the rule of law and not following departmental guidelines and administrative convenience would help.