Call to end Whitehall 'closed shop'

Andover Advertiser: Michael Dugher will say he wants to end the 'closed shop' culture of the civil service Michael Dugher will say he wants to end the 'closed shop' culture of the civil service

The Labour Party is to unveil new targets to help boost the number of working class and ethnic minority candidates entering the civil service.

A future Labour government would fast-track hundreds of w orking class candidates and applicants from black and minority ethnic communities (BME) in order to create a more inclusive and representative civil service, as part of their One Nation vision for Britain.

In a speech on Tuesday, Labour's shadow minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Dugher will say that Whitehall has become too "distant and remote" from the very people it serves.

He will say: "Labour would make sure kids from working class backgrounds can help run the country by busting open Whitehall. We want ordinary kids with extraordinary talents to be able to go from the classroom to the corridors of power.

"Politics can often feel distant and remote from working people - Labour's answer is to put them at the heart of our system. We want a One Nation civil service which looks more like those it is intended to serve.

"The civil service is like a closed shop, with fewer women, fewer ethnic minorities and fewer kids with working class parents. Labour will create a new generation of civil service leaders which will change the culture of government."

Mr Dugher will tell the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank: "A Labour government would be One Nation in outlook as well as make-up. One of the greatest ambitions must be to help run your country and this should never be confined to one region, class or gender."

Under a shake-up of the Fast Stream programme, the proportion of black and ethnic minority candidates will double from its current level to 18%, while working-class candidates will need to make up 24% of the scheme.

Since 2010, the make-up of ethnic minority people in the civil service has fallen by almost 10%, with less than one in ten mandarins now from an ethnic minority.

There is a similar pattern regarding the number of women. In 2010, 43% of Cabinet Office senior civil service staff were women; this dropped to 39% last year, while numbers in the Senior Civil Service are down 9%. Two thirds of the lowest paid jobs but only a quarter of the highest paid go to women.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: "To win the global race we need the best civil servants regardless of their background. This Government's reform programme will ensure we have an exceptional civil service delivering high quality public services more cheaply. As part of our reforms, we launched a new apprenticeship scheme to open up Whitehall to those without a degree.

"We know that for too long talent management in the civil service has been weak. That's why Francis Maude has commissioned research to examine the blockages preventing women from reaching the most senior levels of the civil service."

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11:09am Sun 6 Apr 14

rogeruk says...

Labour party utterly clueless, having swamped the UK with millions of low IQ immigrant workers costing our own indigenous people their jobs, This cretins in the labour party now want to bring government services down to third world level. I have been to these continents and seen how they don't work and that's being generous.

I recognize the laziness and slowness of the 3rd world immigrants when dealing with them in the UK, they don't know any better.

Why were immigrants given access to free health care, housing benefit and other benefits? The rule should have been from the very beginning, until immigrants of any country have paid 10 years’ worth of NI contributions they are not entitled. That’s how other countries do it.

Shameless and scandalous what the Labour party, The Lib Dem/Con coalition are no better, Cameron promised to reduce immigration he hasn't! It is still out of control with over 200,000 a year net immigration into the UK to let the multinational corporations get their cheap labour combined with avoid paying any taxes in the UK.

Starbucks one of many examples sales of nearly 5 Billion pounds in 10 years and paid a tiny tiny amount of tax about £7 million which is 0.01% tax.
Labour party utterly clueless, having swamped the UK with millions of low IQ immigrant workers costing our own indigenous people their jobs, This cretins in the labour party now want to bring government services down to third world level. I have been to these continents and seen how they don't work and that's being generous. I recognize the laziness and slowness of the 3rd world immigrants when dealing with them in the UK, they don't know any better. Why were immigrants given access to free health care, housing benefit and other benefits? The rule should have been from the very beginning, until immigrants of any country have paid 10 years’ worth of NI contributions they are not entitled. That’s how other countries do it. Shameless and scandalous what the Labour party, The Lib Dem/Con coalition are no better, Cameron promised to reduce immigration he hasn't! It is still out of control with over 200,000 a year net immigration into the UK to let the multinational corporations get their cheap labour combined with avoid paying any taxes in the UK. Starbucks one of many examples sales of nearly 5 Billion pounds in 10 years and paid a tiny tiny amount of tax about £7 million which is 0.01% tax. rogeruk
  • Score: 7

11:27am Sun 6 Apr 14

mixxer says...

rogeruk wrote:
Labour party utterly clueless, having swamped the UK with millions of low IQ immigrant workers costing our own indigenous people their jobs, This cretins in the labour party now want to bring government services down to third world level. I have been to these continents and seen how they don't work and that's being generous.

I recognize the laziness and slowness of the 3rd world immigrants when dealing with them in the UK, they don't know any better.

Why were immigrants given access to free health care, housing benefit and other benefits? The rule should have been from the very beginning, until immigrants of any country have paid 10 years’ worth of NI contributions they are not entitled. That’s how other countries do it.

Shameless and scandalous what the Labour party, The Lib Dem/Con coalition are no better, Cameron promised to reduce immigration he hasn't! It is still out of control with over 200,000 a year net immigration into the UK to let the multinational corporations get their cheap labour combined with avoid paying any taxes in the UK.

Starbucks one of many examples sales of nearly 5 Billion pounds in 10 years and paid a tiny tiny amount of tax about £7 million which is 0.01% tax.
I agree. Labour are just trying to keep the immigrant vote because feckless immigrants and the scrounger class are all they appeal to now. The problem is that the working class British have no one to represent them.
[quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: Labour party utterly clueless, having swamped the UK with millions of low IQ immigrant workers costing our own indigenous people their jobs, This cretins in the labour party now want to bring government services down to third world level. I have been to these continents and seen how they don't work and that's being generous. I recognize the laziness and slowness of the 3rd world immigrants when dealing with them in the UK, they don't know any better. Why were immigrants given access to free health care, housing benefit and other benefits? The rule should have been from the very beginning, until immigrants of any country have paid 10 years’ worth of NI contributions they are not entitled. That’s how other countries do it. Shameless and scandalous what the Labour party, The Lib Dem/Con coalition are no better, Cameron promised to reduce immigration he hasn't! It is still out of control with over 200,000 a year net immigration into the UK to let the multinational corporations get their cheap labour combined with avoid paying any taxes in the UK. Starbucks one of many examples sales of nearly 5 Billion pounds in 10 years and paid a tiny tiny amount of tax about £7 million which is 0.01% tax.[/p][/quote]I agree. Labour are just trying to keep the immigrant vote because feckless immigrants and the scrounger class are all they appeal to now. The problem is that the working class British have no one to represent them. mixxer
  • Score: 4

3:40pm Sun 6 Apr 14

bmoc55 says...

This is called Social Engineering. The results from this type of policy is a dumbing down to meet artificial quotas.
This is called Social Engineering. The results from this type of policy is a dumbing down to meet artificial quotas. bmoc55
  • Score: 3

4:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

welshmen says...

mixxer wrote:
rogeruk wrote:
Labour party utterly clueless, having swamped the UK with millions of low IQ immigrant workers costing our own indigenous people their jobs, This cretins in the labour party now want to bring government services down to third world level. I have been to these continents and seen how they don't work and that's being generous.

I recognize the laziness and slowness of the 3rd world immigrants when dealing with them in the UK, they don't know any better.

Why were immigrants given access to free health care, housing benefit and other benefits? The rule should have been from the very beginning, until immigrants of any country have paid 10 years’ worth of NI contributions they are not entitled. That’s how other countries do it.

Shameless and scandalous what the Labour party, The Lib Dem/Con coalition are no better, Cameron promised to reduce immigration he hasn't! It is still out of control with over 200,000 a year net immigration into the UK to let the multinational corporations get their cheap labour combined with avoid paying any taxes in the UK.

Starbucks one of many examples sales of nearly 5 Billion pounds in 10 years and paid a tiny tiny amount of tax about £7 million which is 0.01% tax.
I agree. Labour are just trying to keep the immigrant vote because feckless immigrants and the scrounger class are all they appeal to now. The problem is that the working class British have no one to represent them.
Try Ukip they stand for the British, or if you want your country back, immigrants returned to their own countries, out of the EU, all our Forces home from foreign wars that don't concern us, no Foreign Aid budget until further notice, pay Muslims to find an Islamic state to settle, British Jobs for British born and bred same for housing, Vote British National Party, either Nick or Nigel better than all the rest....
[quote][p][bold]mixxer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogeruk[/bold] wrote: Labour party utterly clueless, having swamped the UK with millions of low IQ immigrant workers costing our own indigenous people their jobs, This cretins in the labour party now want to bring government services down to third world level. I have been to these continents and seen how they don't work and that's being generous. I recognize the laziness and slowness of the 3rd world immigrants when dealing with them in the UK, they don't know any better. Why were immigrants given access to free health care, housing benefit and other benefits? The rule should have been from the very beginning, until immigrants of any country have paid 10 years’ worth of NI contributions they are not entitled. That’s how other countries do it. Shameless and scandalous what the Labour party, The Lib Dem/Con coalition are no better, Cameron promised to reduce immigration he hasn't! It is still out of control with over 200,000 a year net immigration into the UK to let the multinational corporations get their cheap labour combined with avoid paying any taxes in the UK. Starbucks one of many examples sales of nearly 5 Billion pounds in 10 years and paid a tiny tiny amount of tax about £7 million which is 0.01% tax.[/p][/quote]I agree. Labour are just trying to keep the immigrant vote because feckless immigrants and the scrounger class are all they appeal to now. The problem is that the working class British have no one to represent them.[/p][/quote]Try Ukip they stand for the British, or if you want your country back, immigrants returned to their own countries, out of the EU, all our Forces home from foreign wars that don't concern us, no Foreign Aid budget until further notice, pay Muslims to find an Islamic state to settle, British Jobs for British born and bred same for housing, Vote British National Party, either Nick or Nigel better than all the rest.... welshmen
  • Score: 4

5:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

MSG says...

This is why the white working class are turning their backs on the clapped out Labour Party and going to UKIP. Whites appear to get jobs on merit, whilst ethnic minorities now get jobs based on meeting quotas as allowed for by HH's Equalities Bill. This is starting to get people very angry !

Roll on May to vote UKIP !
This is why the white working class are turning their backs on the clapped out Labour Party and going to UKIP. Whites appear to get jobs on merit, whilst ethnic minorities now get jobs based on meeting quotas as allowed for by HH's Equalities Bill. This is starting to get people very angry ! Roll on May to vote UKIP ! MSG
  • Score: 4

8:32pm Sun 6 Apr 14

welshmen says...

MSG wrote:
This is why the white working class are turning their backs on the clapped out Labour Party and going to UKIP. Whites appear to get jobs on merit, whilst ethnic minorities now get jobs based on meeting quotas as allowed for by HH's Equalities Bill. This is starting to get people very angry !

Roll on May to vote UKIP !
Steady MSG you'll have the PC brigade after you, you mentioned WHITE twice they call me racist after one white mention, your quite right, also lot's of debates can't be had because the powers that be make laws that stop us saying anything about EU Immigrants, third world Black Immigrants, Islam, and the list go's on, what we all need to remember, this is OUR country, not the rest of the worlds it's OUR's, and if they think they can take it off us then there in for a bloody fight, so lets get the UKIP or the BNP in power and get our Country back under BRITISH control ....
[quote][p][bold]MSG[/bold] wrote: This is why the white working class are turning their backs on the clapped out Labour Party and going to UKIP. Whites appear to get jobs on merit, whilst ethnic minorities now get jobs based on meeting quotas as allowed for by HH's Equalities Bill. This is starting to get people very angry ! Roll on May to vote UKIP ![/p][/quote]Steady MSG you'll have the PC brigade after you, you mentioned WHITE twice they call me racist after one white mention, your quite right, also lot's of debates can't be had because the powers that be make laws that stop us saying anything about EU Immigrants, third world Black Immigrants, Islam, and the list go's on, what we all need to remember, this is OUR country, not the rest of the worlds it's OUR's, and if they think they can take it off us then there in for a bloody fight, so lets get the UKIP or the BNP in power and get our Country back under BRITISH control .... welshmen
  • Score: 3
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