[Pounds Sterling]35,000 for Scots Research into Ethnic Gays ... All Six of Them
Byline: Mark Howarth
IT was supposed to be a hard-hitting probe into the discrimination suffered by gay ethnic minority Scots.
But researchers soon hit a slight problem: despite having been handed [pounds sterling]35,000 of taxpayers' money, they could not find any ethnic gays - let alone any homophobia.
So little evidence of prejudice was uncovered that researchers resorted to counting black and Asian people who simply looked as if they might be gay.
After nine months, they finally found half a dozen ethnic gay people - who, instead of complaining about the abuse they suffered, merely expressed an interest in setting up a lesbian book club.
The research team's report finally decided no worthwhile conclusions could be drawn without another cash grant to help track down more ethnic gays.
Yet instead of binning the bizarre study, ministers have handed the team a further [pounds sterling]11,000 to publicise their meaningless research - and are considering giving them even more cash. Last night, critics branded the exercise a 'scandalous waste of money'. …