Regarding Harriet Harman’s plans for positive discrimination (26 June,, many of these laws are reasonable but surely the government is allowing ethnic minorities the opportunity to claim racial discrimination if a white person with a similar set of skills and qualifications is selected for a position that they have both applied for?

This cannot be right because discrimination could work both ways. For example, a white person with a superior set of qualifications applying for a position with a company led by a foreign management team, may lose out to another applicant simply on the grounds of colour and race. In both cases it would be difficult to prove discrimination.