Friday April 30, 2010 | 7:24 AM BSTThe big political road test
BY Dominic Bascombe
The major political parties are hitting the campaign road. But how are the Tory, Liberal and Labour vehicles performing and will the new polished up models appeal to the black community?
Dominic Bascombe takes the big three party machines out for a road test and rates their performance and appeal.
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS: Ready for the fast lane?
On the DNA database, the Lib Dems argue that children and the innocent will be removed and second generation passports requiring fingerprints will be scrapped.
How likely appeal to black buyers: 3 Stars.
LABOUR: Long in production with many expecting a new model soon
Pledging to make full use of CCTV and DNA technology, it ignores repeated concerns about the overrepresentation of black males on the DNA database.
Labour will ensure that the most serious offenders are added to the database no matter where or when they were convicted – and retain for six years the DNA profiles of those arrested but not convicted. The new biometric ID scheme which already covers foreign nationals will be offered to an increasing number of British citizens, but will not be compulsory for them.
Overall rating: Past triumphs aren’t necessarily related to future achievements. Yes you’ve given us legislative protection and started to increase black political representations, but why are you locking up our young men and storing their DNA information? Why are you making it so difficult for family visitors, chefs, and other legitimate migrants to enter the country?
How likely appeal to black buyers? 2 Stars.