Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst is apparently not very happy that her veto of a white male police chief has slipped out in the press.
The Telegraaf said at the weekend that plans for the appointment were so far advanced that the room for the celebration party has even been booked.
And as soon as the news leaked out, as it was bound to, the politically incorrect were out in force whittering on about how it is important that the police pick the best man for the job.
Of the 20 top police appointments since the quotas were dreamed up, 17 were white men, two white women and one woman with an ethnic minority background – bonus points there then.
There is nothing wrong with having targets in sectors which are dominated by one particular segment of society. It would be nice, for example, to guarantee that white men accounted for 25% of the early morning office cleaners or supermarket shelf-fillers.
But if you do start applying quotas too rigorously you create the impression that anyone who breaks the mould is only there by virtue of their sex, race or religious background.
And the Netherlands’ first top female police officer is going to have a hard enough time as it is without having to fight off the suspicion that she only got the job because of her gender.
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