…until you realise you’re the one getting stuck with the bill:
A 14-year race discrimination court battle has cost the taxpayer almost a million pounds.
Equality campaigner Natasha Sivanandan won £420,000 in compensation after a council-funded anti-racism group turned her down for a job.
A job..? In what department, I wonder?
The row began in June 1999 when 58-year-old Ms Sivanandan, from Wood Green, north London, applied for a job as a training and development coordinator and race discrimination case worker with Hackney Action for Racial Equality (HARE).She was turned down for the post with the charitable advice service, partly funded by Hackney, following an interview in July that year.
Within months she had started proceedings against both HARE and the Council, alleging victimisation under sex and race discrimination legislation.
She claimed that she had been treated unfairly in the interview because she had already brought a discrimination case against HARE after being turned down following a previous job interview.
Race hustler group tries to hire race hustler to shake down everyone else, finds itself shaken down. It is to laugh.
Until you realise that – as the ‘Aliens Vs Predator’ tagline goes – ‘Whoever wins, WE lose..’
The payout is merely the latest for Ms Sivanandan, who has successfully taken various bodies – mainly anti-racism groups – to court over more than 25 years.
Well, why not? Someone else will always pay…
But what could prompt someone to do something like this (apart, that is, from filthy lucre)?
Her father Ambalavaner Sivanandan, director of the Institute of Race Relations think tank, told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘Her actions have been unconscionable. She has taken money from the organisations I have fought to help.’
I’m all for people working out their deep-seated psychological issues, but I’m not sure I want to pay for them to do it.