Press Release - March 8th 2011
MEP NIKKI SINCLAIRE CALLS FOR A STOP TO POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION
MEP Nikki Sinclaire chose International Women’s Day to suggest the EU should put a stop to positive discrimination for women.
In a speech at the Strasbourg parliament today, Nikki declared her belief that the European Parliament had lost touch with reality. The MEP stated that she is against discrimination of any kind – even positive – as it inevitably leads to the creation of victims. She cited a report tabled in Parliament this week by Rovana Plumb calling for positive discrimination in ‘social, economic and political life’ as well as education.
She referred to a report tabled in the Parliament this week by Rovana Plumb calling for positive discrimination in "social, economic, and political life", and also in education.
Plumb also suggests that member states revise their immigration policies in order to allow female immigrants easier access to employment.
The West Midlands’ independent MEP added that women do not need to be patronized by quotas and, instead, need barriers to their progress to be removed. The EU would be better placed focusing on issues such as the need for improved and State-funded childcare, particularly in certain member states, she added. According to a Commission report in 2008, Malta, Slovakia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Poland have poor child support and childcare facilities. Ireland has also suffered from low investment in this area despite a particularly high birth rate.
Commenting on her speech, Nikki Sinclaire said: “We have seen a recent Court of Justice decision on car insurance that boycotts traditional, tried-and-tested and sensible methods of risk assessment.
Despite the EU’s stance to positively discriminate in the favour of women, this case exemplifies a politically-correct, Euro-babble and entirely potty decision that actually makes life more difficult – and expensive - for women. Common sense is an anathema to the EU.”
“Let's encourage and facilitate equality of treatment and opportunity regardless of gender. That is real equality”.