Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch is considering a change to the 2010 Equalities Act to ensure it more accurately reflects the priorities of the modern Tory government.
The revised act will contain the phrase “All citizens are equal, but some are more equal than others”, which Badenoch insists will do nothing to weaken the legislation.
“It’s right there in black and white,” insisted the minister.
“All citizens are equal – that bit remains true, as does our ongoing commitment to equality. You only have to look at my job title to know we really mean it.
“We are simply adding a little bit of detail so we can have some wiggle room in determining who is more equal than others. That doesn’t weaken our commitment to equality, if anything, it strengthens it – because now we will be looking even harder at you before we decide if you’re worthy of equality. Or not.”
Meanwhile, government supporters have insisted the change doesn’t go far enough, and would allow subsequent governments to make determinations on who deserves equality based on their own implicit biases.
Tory voter Simon Williams told us, “I want it written down who gets equality, and who doesn’t. No interpretation allowed. That’s the only way it’s fair.
“This change to the Equality Act only works if you’re giving equality to the people I like, and removing it from the people I don’t.
“And no, I see no hypocrisy in that whatsoever.”
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