posted on Apr, 28 2014 @ 03:24 PM
Today I showed a couple of prospective tenants around a house as a favour for the owner (a guy I've known for a few years), and basically whoever I
recommended was going to get the place.
The two blokes were pretty much the same, both hard working guys in building/construction (as I am), both with decent references, both having a
partner and small child, and both who my gut instinct shouted "decent people".
I couldn't separate the two in any way, and would have happily rented a place to both of them, but I had to make a decision when asked "Who are you
going with?" by the owner - so I went with the British guy over the Eastern European one.
I know there are probably 'anti-discrimination' laws which would love to have a field day with my honesty here, but it was a private gentleman's
agreement with me doing the interview/choice of tenant, so rant on about whatever legislation you like but there is no chance of a prosecution against
me in this situation.
The ongoing issue of EU workers/unemployed living in the UK is obviously current at the moment with upcoming EU Parliament elections, and to be fair
I've enjoyed working with many Eastern Europeans over the last few years, so I don't automatically have any problem with individuals such as myself
taking advantage of whatever geo-political framework we all have to deal with. But...I found myself in a position where I could see no difference
between two guy's I liked, aside from the fact that one of them was born on the same island as me, so I went with him.
Now, the law may say that I was discriminatory because my decision was eventually based on nationality alone. I have no issue with
race/gender/citizenship/whatever, but when I had to pick between two blokes who i liked equally, it went down to the guy who had the same passport as
I'm interested in the thoughts of others here, but I would like to focus on the decisions people make regardless of whatever equality/EU laws decree
how we should make our choices. The reality is human imperfection and subjectivity, so regarding my choice today, I don't see any way we can
realistically legislate against choosing our fellow citizens over foreign nationals.
I surprised myself today, first time I've wilfully been preferential to someone because we happened to be born under the same enforced flag.