Land of opportunity

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17 November 2013

If you are black or Asian or belong to an ethnic minority in England and Wales, you are streets ahead of the population at large when it comes to one opportunity – the chance to end up in clink.

A 2013 survey by the UK Justice Ministry (so called) shows that blacks, Asians and those belonging to other ethnic minorities constitute 26 % of those jailed in England and Wales, according to a report in the London Guardian on 15 November 2013.

This is twice the proportion of those groups in the population at large. That percentage has remained “around this level”, according to the Guardian, since these figures were first regularly published in 2004.

Separate figures from the ministry show that the proportion of inmates in prisons in England and Wales who are Muslim has nearly doubled over the past 10 years.


Would-be immigrants to Britain who are black or Asian or who belong to ethnic minorities might do well to ponder these data before making their travel arrangements.

According to the Guardian report, black people are six times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched on the street by police. This is twice as likely to happen to Asians and people of mixed race as it is to white people.

The near doubling of the proportion of Muslim prisoners in English and Welsh jails during the past decade is hardly a surprise. The “War on Terror” launched by the US, abetted by Britain, in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 9 September 2001 has focused disproportionately on followers of the Prophet.


 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.








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