RACE RELATIONS HEAD PRAISES CAMERON SPEECH
David Cameron's approach to immigration has received praise from Trevor Phillips, the head of the new equality quango, who described it as a "turning point".
Reacting to a speech on Monday in which the Tory leader called for a "grown-up conversation" on immigration, Mr Phillips said Mr Cameron had set himself apart from an unfortunate Conservative tradition that stretched back to Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech in 1968.
"For the first time in my adult life I heard a party leader clearly attempting to deracialise the issue of immigration and to treat it like any other question of political and economic management," Mr Phillips said.
He added that this “seems to me like a turning point in our national debate about immigration – one that will make it possible for us to speak openly and sensibly about the subject, which most of the country sees as the single-most important in politics."