This seems really obvious, so please let me know if I've misinterpreted the question. Equal opportunity is important because it empowers people to care for the society in which we all live. If it's twice as hard for you to get an interview because your name sounds 'non British' (with all the irony those quotes require), eventually you're going to burn out and become disillusioned with the whole process. It's probably a good part of the reason for the increase in knife crime in London among young BME boys - they can't better their situations very easily at all, so they're angry and turn to other avenues to help them feel like they have power over their lives. It's sad that our government doesn't seem to see this connection as worthy of their attention. If everything you need is too expensive for you, and you can't get a job that will allow you to pay for it, what stake have you got in society at all?