What Happened to Merit? Government’s Diversity Strategy Is ‘Counterproductive,’ Say Critics

While the UK government is reaching new levels of diversity among its representatives, critics argue that the increased focus on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts is counterproductive in achieving their desired outcomes.

Historic Leadership Change

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For the first time in Britain’s long history, none of the UK’s four main governments are led by white men, marking a significant milestone for diversity efforts within the country as time passes.

EDI Initiatives

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Within the UK, there have been combined efforts from the government to create Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives that hope to promote diversity and representation throughout the government.

Historical Context

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When considering Britain’s EDI efforts, it is important to remember the context set by Britain’s Imperial past, which plays a significant role in shaping people’s views of Britain and its cultural sensitivity.

Changing the Narrative

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Due to Britain’s past, many think it is all the more important that the government makes efforts to support inclusion and change the narrative surrounding the country in the modern era.

Facing Criticism

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However, while many have praised the government for its efforts to increase the diversity of representatives, critics are now arguing against their effectiveness.

Kemi Badenoch

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One of the most outspoken critics is the business secretary, minister for women and equalities, and now the Conservative party’s great Black hope, Kemi Badenoch.


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Badenoch has gone on record to say that she thinks EDI efforts are more often than not just wasteful and “counterproductive” for the goals they are attempting to accomplish.

Worse Off

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Badenoch said, “No group should ever be worse off because of companies’ diversity policies – whether that be black women, or white men.

Struggling to Be Inclusive

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“Performative gestures such as compulsory pronouns and rainbow lanyards are often a sign that organizations are struggling to demonstrate how they are being inclusive.”

Little to No Impact

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Badenoch also said, “Despite this, the new report shows that, while millions are being spent on these initiatives, many popular EDI practices – such as diversity training – have little to no tangible impact in increasing diversity or reducing prejudice.”

Solving Social Inequalities

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At the same time, as the UK achieves unprecedented levels of diversity within, its critics feel this has done little to solve the social inequalities affecting the country.

Distracting People

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Some critics are arguing that the increased focus on EDI issues is merely distracting people from the real issues that are far more pressing.

Conservatives are Worried

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Some members of the Conservative Party have even made public statements about multiculturalism and voicing their concerns about the politicization of race.

The Britain Invasion

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Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman said Britain is actually facing an “invasion” with the amount of immigrants let in due to these EDI efforts.

The Color of Your Skin

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Former government adviser Samuel Kasumu told the BBC on Sunday, “It is not the colour of your skin that matters when it comes to tackling racism, discrimination and bringing communities.

Content of Character

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Kasumu said, “It has to be the content of your character and your willingness to lead. And that is not happening now.”

Stricter Regulations

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Thanks to Badenoch, the government is now looking to increase its regulation of EDI spending to increase the program’s efficiency and reduce government waste.

Breaking the Law

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Bedenoch went on to say, “In some cases, employers are even inadvertently breaking the law under the guise of diversity and inclusion by censoring beliefs or discriminating against certain groups in favour of others.”

Uniting Employees

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Bedenoch continues, “This Government believes that EDI policies should unite rather than alienate employees, and crucially uphold fairness and meritocracy.”

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