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New Heights for Discrimination

There have been, in recent times, a greater level of concern expressed over the number of fake accusations regarding alleged sex offences and the number of people either being charged and subsequently convicted or charged and found not guilty. Equal concern is being expressed over those convictions since the numbers of people now either in prison or released from prison and still carrying unfair convictions is rising.

Home Secretary Priti Patel's recent announcements on law and order are generally welcomed but also have a hidden danger; that of increasing pressure on the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to get convictions at any cost.

The UK has been down this road, which is why there have already been a large number of unsafe convictions. The Carl Beech affair may however, be a turning point. But only may be. So entrenched now has become the ease with which a finger can be pointed and an allegation believed, it will take some time - and a lot of courage on the part of politicians - to swing the balance back towards the truth.

Ask yourself a question; which countries are the most closely linked, in terms of culture, general way of life, language and a multitude of other facets of day-to-day existence? The answer is the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. As an example of the now long-standing 'potential sex-offender' idea, have a look this article from the The New Zealand Herald. And check out the date...

Airline policy on men goes to human rights tribunal.

28 Jun, 2006.

An airline policy that prevents men from being seated next to unaccompanied children could pave the way for similar discriminatory policies to run rampant, says National's Wayne Mapp. Dr Mapp yesterday laid a claim with the Human Rights Review Tribunal, saying that Qantas and Air New Zealand's seating policy breached the Human Rights Act. He said the policy discriminated against men and implied they were dangerous. The seating policy drew criticism from the Green Party and the Human Rights Commission last year after several men were outraged at having to change seats because they were sitting next to unaccompanied children. But Dr Mapp said the policy, if not corrected, could open the door for discrimination in all aspects of life. In his written submission, he asked: If airlines could keep men from sitting next to unaccompanied children, what would stop bus and train companies or waiting rooms from doing the same? "The airlines' decision to discriminate on the presumption of a higher crime rate leads us on very a dangerous path," the submission states. "Since Muslims are over-represented among terrorists in Western societies, all Muslims might be asked to take seats in the back of planes ... clearly such a policy would be illegal as well as immoral."

Dr Mapp acknowledged airlines were unlikely to adopt such extreme measures, but he said allowing the present policy left the door ajar. Airlines needed to protect children travellers, he said, but it could be done without discrimination, such as sitting them near cabin crew.