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    New UK Cabinet Criticized for Lack of Diversity

    Sylvia Hui, Google News, May 14, 2010

    Prime Minister David Cameron’s three-day-old administration was criticized by activists, the press and even his new coalition partners Friday for picking an almost entirely white, male and upper-class Cabinet despite pledging that his Conservative party would no longer be an old boys club.

    Cameron and his deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats, both grew up in wealthy families and attended elite schools. The 23-member Cabinet they selected after forging a coalition government this week includes Britain’s first female Muslim to sit at Cabinet, but only three other women. Only two run government departments, the mark of influence and power.

    Twenty-two Cabinet members are white, and at least 16 went to top universities Oxford or Cambridge.

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    The participation of the left-leaning Lib Dems also raised expectations of more diversity, now dashed.

    “Cabinet jobs for well-heeled school chums,” the Daily Mirror tabloid scoffed. “A huge step backward,” wrote gender rights activists in a letter to The Times. “Awash with buddies, backslapping and in-jokes,” said a columnist for The Guardian newspaper.

    Radio shows were inundated by complaints about the lack of women and minorities in the upper echelons of power.

    “When you look at the negotiating teams, they were male and pale,” Liberal Democrat lawmaker Lynne Featherstone told the BBC, referring to senior leaders from both parties who cobbled together the power-sharing deal. “We must do better.”

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    “The numbers (of women in government) have certainly gone down, and so has the significance of the posts they hold,” said Margaret Beckett, who served as foreign secretary under Blair. “(Cameron’s) rhetoric has been that we need to bring more women into the administration, but his decisions have not matched that.”

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    Sayeeda Warsi, the first Muslim woman to sit at Cabinet, has not been given a defined policy area.

    Theresa May, the most senior female figure in the Conservative Party and the new Home Secretary, will also serve as minister for equalities.

    Her appointment was questioned by some gay rights activists. Although praised as a Conservative modernizer, May voted against equalizing the age of sexual consent for gays and heterosexuals in 1998, and in 2002 she voted against letting gay couples adopt children. May did, however, vote in favor of civil partnerships.

    Analysts say Cameron’s efforts to increase diversity in the party’s upper ranks by recruiting women candidates—mockingly dubbed “Cameron’s cuties” by the press—didn’t work because the new recruits don’t yet have enough experience.

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    http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives...uk_cabinet.php

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    There's a witty letter in today's Daily Telegraph saying that the new cabinet is very ageist, as they are all too young, and are not representitive of modern Britain where there average age is increasing.

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    Forming a successful cabinet is supposed to be not about inclusivity, but about quality. I'm not saying the UK cabinet have that, actually I am pretty convinced they also lack the quality and in that respect are no different from Labour, however that is at least one lie less: They will show that its pretty much our own elite (id est, fellow indigenous Germanics) ruining the prospects of our folk and countries with their traitorsome, washy policies.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    We say this all the time, they are all the same...





    a bunch of twats!

    Also, theres too many jews, I think we need to lose a few! Doesn't match the population of the UK.

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    There are more pressing issues...

    Big whoop, personally I think that sorting out this lame excuse for an economy is a bit more important than which people are in government.

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