Like many bodies and organisations trying to represent many different things or groups of people, they can end with 'twisted blood' in trying to ensure do not contradict themselves, act with hypocrisy or create a hierarchy of victims.
Nick Cohen's book "What's Left - How Labour lost its way" is brilliant at showing this where he describes the tautology of the left for example, in supporting the right to self-determination of muslim fundamentalists but not knowing what to do when this means accepting their mistreatment of women.
The TUC last year issued a report on the plight of black boys and unemployment. Very worthwhile and very worthy - an issue we should all be concerned about.
However, its new leader, Frances O'Grady wants boardroom quotas for women. So if faced with one position on a board and the quota had not been met, she would place a woman on that board to meet the quota even if the other candidate was a black male - who not only may deserve the place because he is more talented but he would act as a brilliant role model for black boys to aspire to.
This is the ideological tautology of the TUC and how their concern for black boys is pure tokenism - gesture politics at its worst.
The question to ask O'Grady is similar to the West Lothian Question - it isthe "Camberwell and Peckham Question*" - does the TUC think a girl attending Roedean school faces more barriers and obstacles in her life and career than a black boy from a sink estate going to a sink comprehensive in Camberwell and Peckham. Seems like the TUC think the girl from Roedean is worse off to me.
Posted by Skimmington
*Camberwell and Peckham is the constituency of a certain Ms Harman