In an unprecedented intrusion into private life, Government bureaucrats are to demand to know the sexual preference of millions.And no doubt, told to ‘F*** off!’ by anyone with half a brain.
Anyone questioned in a major national survey about their job, the food they buy or their fuel bills, will soon also be asked whether they are heterosexual, gay, bisexual or 'other'.
But it seems they are counting on that not being the vast majority of people:
Karen Dunnell, the National Statistician, insisted that most people would be willing to answer questions about their sexuality in confidence.In other words, Brits have been so conditioned to answering questions that most of them don’t, apparently, stop and think ‘Hang on a minute…’.
She confirmed that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will collect data on sexual identity on all its major continuous surveys from January 2009.
Mrs Dunnell said: 'Better measurement of equality is essential if we are properly to analyse, understand and address inequalities in society.
'The new survey question has been carefully designed through a programme of testing and consultation.
'Testing has shown that the vast majority of people are willing and able to answer the question.
'ONS puts great emphasis on maintaining confidentiality of data.'
Individuals do not have to take part in an ONS survey. If they agree, they can still refuse to answer a specific question.I wonder if they are advised of this by their interrogator? Probably not.
And as a result of this learned compliance, they will feel emboldened to go further:
This means that a question about sexual identity is now almost certain to be included in the next census, which will be held in 2011.And that, you can’t refuse to answer…