Following the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which controversially concluded that the UK is “not deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities”, the topic of Britain and racism was once again the subject of intense discussion.
In this episode of the New Statesman podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea try to uncover what may be behind the disconnect between the report’s findings and the lived experiences of millions of Britons.
Then, in You Ask Us, in light of early Hartlepool polling pointing to a Conservative win, the team discusses whether England now has a two-party system.
Ailbhe Rea’s scoop on how the Race Commission left out the “inconvenient evidence” of a paper on the disproportionate number of ethnic minority Covid deaths – despite it being submitted as evidence.
Anoosh Chakelian on how the confusing conclusions of the report should come as no surprise, considering that 375 previous recommendations on racial inequality have been largely ignored.
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