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BEN BRADLEY: Why I refuse to participate in a "re-education" that tells ordinary people that they are racists


Ben Bradley (above), Conservative MP for Mansfield, has made it clear that he will not take part in any "unconscious bias" training

Imagine you are called into the boss's office in the morning, a little nervous and unsure of what you did wrong, and a colleague reports you.

You were caught saying that you disagree with the idea that Black Lives Matter is helping to fight racism and that you actually don't believe the UK is a racist country. And now you should & # 39; re-educated & # 39; become. You're taking a course …

It sounds like something out of Orwell's 1984, but hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people in workplaces across the UK have been directed to take special training of this type.

Many advocate a "Critical Racial Theory" ideology, which says that your views, whether you know it or not, are narrowly defined by your age, gender, and color of skin. And these courses are run by "educators" who want you to recognize and "review" your privilege and understand how little you really know.

Now imagine if your company pays £ 1.4 million for this training. You actually work in the public sector so that's £ 1.4 million in taxpayers' money.

In the coming months we will all be asked as Members of Parliament to complete this training on unconscious bias. This is the second phase of our re-education after a summer of "Evaluate All" lessons mandated by the parliamentary authorities.

Sunday's mail revealed a few weeks ago that the company hired to deliver these Unconscious Bias lessons had a blue puppet called & # 39; UB & # 39; in its training courses. which looks like the cookie monster (file image above) makes me think of this as some kind of elementary school gathering

Sunday's mail revealed a few weeks ago that the company hired to deliver these Unconscious Bias lessons had a blue puppet called & # 39; UB & # 39; in its training courses. that looks like the cookie monster (file image above) makes me think of this as a kind of elementary school gathering

The first part I took was a two hour trip worth £ 750,000 all about not being terrible to your staff. Personally, I think my team in the office is very nice.

I'm also sure that those two hours wouldn't have made the slightest difference if it hadn't been for me.

I am fortunate that the meeting was held via Zoom due to Covid-19 instead of having to move to an office somewhere, although I don't suspect the reduced workload actually cut costs! It was still a very expensive chat.

Sunday's mail revealed a few weeks ago that the company hired for these lessons was using a blue doll called & # 39; UB & # 39; in their training sessions. that looks like the cookie monster, which leads me to think of it as a kind of elementary school gathering.

The doll, whose name stands for "Unconscious Bias," "helps" the class explain how words such as "lady" and "retiree" should be avoided if offended. Now that company has received an additional £ 7,000 for seeds to schedule meetings for MPs and parliamentary staff.

Hope you can agree that at least the elementary school doll won't be necessary!

Has every single Premier League footballer really supported Black Lives Matter, an organization that works to defeat the police and crush capitalism? As far as I know, every single one of them "took their knee"

Has every single Premier League footballer really supported Black Lives Matter, an organization that works to defeat the police and crush capitalism? As far as I know, every single one of them "took their knee"

I spoke last week and made it clear that I will not be doing this training. It seems utterly nonsensical to me that, in my role as representing a community that has usually felt left behind and voiceless for many years, I should be advised that there are certain words that I should not use. certain problems I should avoid; certain sensations that I shouldn't offend.

When I have to walk on eggshells and dance around the problem, how can I awaken the true feelings of a constituency who generally feel like they are being preached by a metropolitan elite who neither understand nor care for them?

In an environment where vacation voters have been classified as fat and racist for taking an opinion on uncontrolled mass immigration even though they have often proven they are in majority in this country, the institutions or trainers down here in Westminster are qualified to to tell me what views you hold on the subject could be right or wrong?

Who has the right to say that these views are the result of “unconscious bias”, white privilege, or a lack of understanding? The answer is nobody. There is no science to prove this, and no one has this right. We live in a free country with freedom of speech and expression. We also used to have a robust and resilient approach to an argument that didn't silence anyone you disagree with.

Here in the UK in the 21st century, I am reading a document from Challenge Consultancy, the company responsible for putting together this training program. You are offering to work with the Cultural Transformation Team to provide training in cultural competency – yes, we are culturally incompetent now. I am intrigued by the offer to help me use "appropriate terminology" and "demonstrate friendly behavior".

Given that this is being delivered in the same format as the first phase of this patronizing junk, I think it reasonable to assume that this will also cost over half a million pounds from the public purse.

Regardless of what these trainers may say, we are not defined by our physical characteristics. Because of the color of our skin, we don't have a uniform point of view. This is nonsense. Our views are shaped by a myriad of different factors; From our lived experiences, our backgrounds and from the communities we grew up in, but we are individuals. We are not defined by others. We can define ourselves freely.

Time and again, the documents state that "the BAME community thinks x" and "the BAME community calls y", as if the entire ethnic black and minority community were speaking with one voice on this or any other issue. It seems presumptuous and arrogant to me.

Who is qualified to monitor our language or tell which views are right and which are wrong? Who is monitoring these police forces and making sure that they have no unconscious prejudices of their own? What is being done to ensure that the people who choose a career doing subconscious bias training are not choosing that profession because they actually have their own agenda to push forward?

Last week I was told that as a Member I am in a fortunate position. Only my constituents can remove me from office.

There is not much the House of Commons can do to punish me if I do not attend the course. Outside of Westminster, however, the reality is that most employees do not have such independence or authority to refuse.

No wonder so many ordinary people are afraid to express dissent.

Has every single Premier League footballer really supported Black Lives Matter, an organization that works to defeat the police and crush capitalism? To the best of my knowledge, every single one of them "took their knee".

What would have been the consequences for whoever said no? I can't imagine that it would have been a career advancement. Social pressures force us to do things we disagree with, and that is not right or healthy for anyone.

With that in mind, I feel that people like me have a responsibility to say something and do something.

I know my concern is shared by millions of people across the UK from diverse backgrounds – but especially constituents like me, who for the most part do not participate in the wealth generated by the booming economy of the South East.

I think Brexit is also a symptom of this gap and of the "left behind" people and places who feel they are being looked down upon by a distant metropolitan elite determined to monitor their way of thinking and speaking. There is a yawning gap between our institutions and the millions of people they are supposed to work for.

Since I brought this up early last week, I've lost the number of colleagues who have offered their support – and also promised to say no to training. I was also stopped by Commons staff who thanked me for speaking out against this “total nonsense”.

It generated more interest than I could have predicted, and I'm grateful for that.

I once again urge colleagues in the privileged position to speak out against this left-wing infiltration of our institutions and to take a stand, to do just that and to stop the forced "re-education" once and for all.

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