When someone is fast-tracked, someone else is held back. That shouldn’t be decided by skin colour
It has been reported today that ‘black police officers are to be fast tracked into senior roles’. This is being done to counter the slow recruitment of officers from minority backgrounds. The Home Secretary has said, ‘Progress on the recruitment of black officers has been stubbornly slow and we know we have so much more to do’.
This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what the government’s job is. Once the way has been made clear for everyone to have the same opportunity to join the police, then the government’s job is complete. In the UK there is equal access to the police force, so whatever the ethnicity is of people applying to be police officers it should be accepted as the result of people’s personal decisions. The government has to stop pushing for woke-inspired targets. People have to be trusted to make their own decisions without government interference.
‘Fast-tracking’ means giving a position to someone that they would not otherwise be deemed experienced enough to hold. They might be suitable later in their career, but the very definition of fast-tracking is that they are getting promoted quicker than someone else. And when the fast-tracking is deliberately happening by skin colour then people who should have had those positions and do have the requisite experience are being ignored, because of their skin colour.
Woke calls for this sort of thing are predicated on the idea that there was discrimination against minorities in the past. But there isn’t discrimination against minorities now. Anyone can apply to be a police officer.
For every black police officer who is fast-tracked into a position, a non-black officer is denied promotion.
This policy needs to be reconsidered. People will be held back in their career because of their skin colour…there’s a name for that isn’t there?