Liz Truss must Get Real

17 December 2020

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has condemned remarks by Liz Truss, the Women and Equalities Minister, in her New Fight for Fairness speech today.

 

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, said:

 

'It is absolutely extraordinary that the Minister for Equalities is calling for less equality! It would be like the Minister for Sport calling for less sport, or the Secretary of State for Trade calling for less trade. Although we might, just, be going there, too!

 

'Seriously, though, what Liz Truss has haplessly called the "tools of the left" is an agenda promoted by thoughtful and sensible people of all political persuasions, and most political parties, to create a country in which everyone, regardless of the colour of their skin, or their gender, or their sexuality, their background, or their birth, has the opportunity to get on.

 

'That is what the equalities agenda is all about; giving everybody in Britain a chance to contribute to building a better Britain. It is, frankly, ridiculous for Liz Truss to talk about "fashion" and "focus". Get real…'

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