Concerns have been raised over “identity politics” in the Ministry of Defence after it emerged there were more diversity and equality officers than Britain has warships.
There are 44 civil servants in the ministry who have ‘diversity’ and ‘equality’ in their job titles, compared with a total of 32 warships in Royal Navy possession, British tabloid The Daily Mail has reported.
The data, which was revealed following a question in parliament from Tory MP Neil O’Brien, comes as the Ministry of Defence is looking to recruit a “diversity and inclusion director” on a £110,000 a year salary.
Former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, Richard Kemp, spoke out against the ministry’s increasing focus on so-called inclusion, telling the Sunday Express: “I worry that all these diversity and equality officials will achieve is to highlight divisions.”
While he acknowledged that “there are always bad apples” in any organisation, Kemp said that in his experience,