Following on the news about Oxbridge whitewash, the quote below is pretty depressing. But it is interesting that the concern is not just about justice and fairness. Rather, the stress appears to be on the kind of society being built:
Black applicants have less than a one in a 100 chance of being recruited to Britain’s Civil Service fast track, figures published for the first time reveal. Last year the Civil Service took on less than five black people to its “fast stream” recruitment scheme out of over 450 black-African applicants. In contrast, white applicants had a 1 in 20 chance of being accepted into the scheme – a success rate four times higher.The figures, seen by The Independent, were described as “deeply worrying” by the former Labour Minister David Lammy, who was patron of a mentoring scheme for ethnic minority civil servants. “The people who are recruited into fast stream are the next generation of Permanent Secretaries and if we are not able to recruit young black people into the Civil Service today then it will a detrimental effect long into the future,” he said.