The Army’s time and resources are being “squandered to promote a political agenda”, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has said, as he held crisis talks with military chiefs over plans to relax security checks to increase diversity. The Telegraph has more.
Grant Shapps said a “woke” and “extremist culture” had infiltrated the British Army and the military needed to focus on being a lethal fighting force.
He said that, amid the threat from Russia and the conflict in the Middle East, it was “inconceivable” that he would allow the standards for security clearance to be relaxed after the Telegraph revealed military personnel wanted to relax checks to promote ethnic diversity among officers.
On Sunday, Mr. Shapps spoke to senior military chiefs to express his concerns about the plans and on Monday will officially launch a review of ethnicity, diversity and inclusivity policies in his department.
The military is suffering a recruitment crisis and has repeatedly failed to meet its targets, including boosting women and ethnic minority numbers.
However, all three branches of the military have also been plagued by a series of rows over how they attempt to improve diversity.
Last year, Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Knighton had to apologise for an RAF diversity drive that discriminated against white men.
Worth reading in full.
If only we’d had a Conservative Government in power over the last decade to prevent the spread of all this corrosive wokery in our key public institutions…
The solution of course is to repeal the Equality Act and ban all EDI initiatives, insisting by law that all public institutions operate on impartial, meritocratic, function-focused principles.