Letter: Quotas will not redress injustice

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The Independent Online
THE PROBLEM I have with both New Labour's approach to racism and your recent article on racism in the workplace ("Still stuck on the shopfloor", 31 October) is the assumption that all will be well once we have quotas in every sphere of life where ethnic minorities and females are represented - ethnic minorities 7 per cent, females 50 per cent. The article suggests that we want to change the cultural make-up of the powerful few while the vast majority remains disenfranchised in our society.

But that still leaves the majority without any real redress of injustice, from power, wealth and opportunity being in the hands of the few, not the many.

ANDREW BIRCHALL

Chorley, Lancashire

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