Support 100 years of independent journalism.

Commission Impossible

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea unpack the controversial Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report.

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.

Further reading

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.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

How to listen to the New Statesman podcast

1. In your browser

You can use the player above to listen in your browser right now. The New Statesman podcast publishes twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays. All episodes are published to on the day of release. Subscribers to the New Statesman can access episodes a day early, in our subscriber edition.

2. In a podcast app

The New Statesman podcast is available on all major podcast apps including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Acast, Google Podcasts, and more. Search ‘New Statesman podcast’ in your favourite podcast app, and subscribe or follow to make sure you receive episodes as soon as they publish. While you’re there, please leave a review for the podcast – it helps others find the show, which in turn makes it possible for us to keep making it.

3. On your smart speaker

If you have an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod smart speaker, ask it to “play the latest episode of the New Statesman podcast”. The same command also works with virtual assistants on mobile devices.

Content from our partners
Transport is the core of levelling up
The forgotten crisis: How businesses can boost biodiversity
Small businesses can be the backbone of our national recovery