London City Council voted last night to diversify its bureaucracy by bureaucratizing diversity. Negative consequences from Council's gesture "to transform city hall into a welcoming and inclusive place that embraces diversity in its workplace" are not expected, since London has already been shown to work just fine in the absence of any talent or ability at City Hall.
Although councillors were generally very well pleased with the effortlessness of pandering to a 3 percentage point gap in political correctness, perennial fly in the feel-good-ointment councillor Paul Van Meerbergen dismissed the shiny happy new racism:
"I consider this an affront to visible minorities … It's these types of policies that belong on the scrap heap of left-wing political ideology," Van Meerbergen said.
The auto parts sector — of which Van Meerbergen is a member — has succeeded by promoting minorities because of talent, not race, he said.
"It's done without artificial political constructs. It's done on merit — not skin colour," Van Meerbergen said.
Usher ignored his statements, saying, "Some comments don't deserve a response."
Moved by Councillor Harold Usher, seconded by Councillor Joni Baechler.
That the Chief Administrative Officer be requested to provide a report that identifies and illustrates strategies that we will use to transform the City of London into a welcoming and inclusive city, which embraces diversity within its workplace and workforce and encourages the same in its departments, boards, commissions and affiliated community partners, leading to a just and integrated society where diversity is valued and dignity and integrity are sustained for all.
To think a city staff report can do all that! After that, they can get started on world peace and hunger.