Monday, 8 March 2010

Mama, Weer All Eequal Now

5,000 new crimes later, there's no sign of legislation fatigue from Labour. Or Harriet Harman to be precise.

Yes, this one is a loony idea, but boy do I like it.

VEGANS and teetotallers are to be given the same protection against discrimination as religious groups, under legislation championed by Harriet Harman, the equalities minister.

“A person who is a vegan chooses not to use or consume animal products of any kind. That person eschews the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, accessories or any other purpose and does so out of an ethical commitment to animal welfare.”
Funny enough, I am a committed consumer of vegetation too. I choose not to use alternative pharmaceutical products of any kind. I eschew the exploitation of dull-minded politicians and public sector numpties by state and pharma-funded fake charities and quangoes. I do so out of an ethical commitment to the freedom of the individual to determine their own choices in life.

Don't you denormalise me, you fascist. Harman's on my side. I should be protected.

So this will have to stop, as will this, and if you even think about this*, I'll have your guts for garters.

CAMRA will no doubt be pleased with this bit too.

People for whom abstention from alcohol was a way of life would also be protected.
So, by the same token, those who see warm smelly beer as 'part of their being' would be equally deserving of lifestyle status protection as purse-lipped temperates. They may even qualify under the religion qualifications too. Sandals, Aunt Meg's 1987 Christmas sweater, and the facial hair of Bungle could be re-classified as religious attire.

“A belief need not include faith or worship of a god or gods, but must affect how a person lives their life or perceives the world.”
It's all good, I tell ya.

Harman is letting everyone know that they should be allowed to live their life free of condemnation or ridicule based on their own personal belief systems.

It's like libertarianism but in an authoritative, legislative, kinda way**.

Bring it on.

* Do have a read of that.
** Or she could just scrap all positive discrimination laws and go back to how it was before. Respect for the personal views and choices of others. Might need a decent school system for that, though


Leg-iron said...

This new idea isn't there to protect vegans.

It's there so meat can be banned from cafeterias and school dinners, and the blame shifted onto the vegans.

Likewise, those protected non-drinkers are going to get the blame for restrictions on alcohol display and consumption.

They won't even need to be offended. Someone will be offended on their behalf. We won't know who.

They are to be the New Non-Smokers. Most will shrug and say 'it wasn't bothering me, why the fuss?' but there will always be the rabid antis ready to proclaim their Righteousness in the face of murderous meat-eaters and vile boozers.

Eventually the divisions brought in by Labour's equality rules will be so fine that nobody will be able to bear the sight of anyone else. Which is what they want.

Rog A. said...

Very good, Dick, if I may say so.

Harridan Hormone. Interesting how many suitable descriptors of that creature begin with an H.

Just a few:







Sam Duncan said...

“People for whom abstention from alcohol was a way of life would also be protected.”

But those of us who just don't drink won't. Oh yeah, that's a future fuckin' fair for all, that is.

“Harman is letting everyone know that they should be allowed to live their life free of condemnation or ridicule based on their own personal belief systems.”

Methinks the mad socialist witch doth protect her own fat arse.

timbone said...

You see, like Frank Davis, before the smoking ban I was quite moderate, live and let live, each to their own and would never have uttered a word which made me sound opinionated in any way.

Ah, but things change. All these new 'it is for the benefit of everyone' laws have one thing in common. They were thought up by a government WHO ARE CONTROLLED BY FUCKIN WOMEN!!!!

rsw37 said...

Vegans are murderers of innocent plants! I don't believe in killing any living things I therefore only eat inanimate objects.

In all seriousness though, What does the legislation actually cover is it just employment matters or is it even more intrusive? And if it applies to everyone, surely it is more restrictive on vegans than on meat eaters. We generally just think vegans are idiots but don't really care, they are the ones who are most likely to discriminate against meat-eaters.

Bucko said...

What these laws actually mean is that it is perfectly ok to discriminate against people.
Just make sure they are not on the governments "protected species" list.
As it stands, I can still take the piss out of British Gas salesmen with glee.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the sort of thing that gets dreamed up in a university "wimmins studies" class .
It is retoric like this that shows the low caliber of many politicians nowadays.
This woman is a minister in the British government ?
Uhhh !

Letters From A Tory said...

This legislation might protect vegans and teetotallers but that doesn't mean they're not a bit... you know... odd.

BTS said...

Speaking as what would appear to be the sole vegetarian in the blogosphere, I would just like to say that very soon you will all be compelled to worship me as a divine being.

That will be the next big thing to spring from Harpy's brain. Things are going so well since she took off that tinfoil hat..

Must dash as I'm off to get a job at Maccy D's where I shall spend my leisurely days refusing to serve people their filthy McThings-inabun on the grounds that there is a possibility that they may have come into contact with some meat at some point in a parallel universe..

wv: jamper - describes her rather well I think..

Anonymous said...

Why the fuck would vegans and teetotallers require special rights? What goes on in this womans head? Eventually if everybody is given special rites we will be back to the situation where everyone is equal as we were before 1997.

g1lgam3sh said...

“Harman is letting everyone know that they should be allowed to live their life free of condemnation or ridicule based on their own personal belief systems.”

I believe in smoking, does that include me? Thought not.