Under the plans, inspectors from the EHRC would be empowered to carry out spot checks at any workplace – those where there was cause for concern or firms which had done nothing wrong.
So, a group of bureaucrats, eager to prove that they are indeed needed, that they are uncovering great scandals, can walk into any workplace in hte country and demand to see all the records? Demand to study the entire operating methods of the company? On the basis of no evidence whatsoever?
I have no doubt the burden of proof will be upon the employer as well. That they must prove that they do not discriminate, not that the inspectors must prove they are.
Does anybody understand how expensive such inspections will be? An expense that will have to be, naturally, covered by the businesses themselves?
Douglas Murray, the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion, called the idea "fantastically bureaucratic and expensive".