Friday, April 02, 2021

Race and Ethnic Disparities

On Wednesday the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities published their report into inequality across the entire population – outlining a positive agenda for change as we all try to build a fairer Britain and fight racism.

  • The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was launched to conduct a detailed, data-led examination of inequality across the entire population, and to set out a positive agenda for change. 
     
  • The Prime Minister has thanked Dr Tony Sewell and each of the commissioners for generously giving their time to lead this important piece of work. It is now right that the Government considers their recommendations in detail, and assesses the implications for future government policy. 
     
  • The entirety of government remains fully committed to building a fairer Britain and taking the action needed to address disparities wherever they exist.

The report has been the subject of much controversy and it is entirely reasonable that a range of opinions has been expressed about it. Some of the more thoughtful criticisms expressed appear to me to be grounded in genuine and serious concern about issues which need further attention.

However, there is no excuse for the ad hominem attacks which have been directed at members of the commission - some of it from people who really ought to know better like Labour MPs and University professors.

If a Conservative MP had used the sort of language which has been aimed at the commissioners about the authors of a report of which they approved, then the very people who have used that language would have been the first to cry "racist."

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