Chief Constables in England and Wales are to discuss whether to boost the recruitment of black and Asian officers by positive discrimination.
The plan to be debated by the Association of Chief Police Officers would need employment law changes - a move not favoured by the Home Office.
But why? Why do they need to embrace positive discrimination; surely discrimination is wrong under any circumstances. That is, after all, the basis of the anti-discrimination laws that we have, the very reason that we have them, in fact?
Some 3.7% of officers are from ethnic minorities, but the Home Office target is to achieve 7% by 2009.
Acpo says this cannot be reached if positive discrimination stays banned.
Ah, now I've got it: the Home Office has set a completely arbitrary fucking target, thus creating the problem in the first place.