‘The race factor’s troublesome for me’ – peer claims Johnson had ‘drawback’ responding to race report

Boris Johnson had a “drawback” in responding to a controversial report on race as a consequence of his “unhealthy monitor file on the difficulty”, one among its lead authors has claimed.

The Fee on Race and Ethnic Disparities launched its conclusions again in 2021 after reviewing racial disparities in Britain following the rise of the Black Lives Matters motion.

But the report came in for criticism for claiming the UK “now not” had a system rigged towards minorities, with campaigners saying it ignored the considerations of individuals from black and ethnic minorities.

It took a year for the government to publish its official response, but it surely promised in March 2022 to “translate the findings from the fee’s report into concrete motion”.

In an interview with The Home journal, the chair of the fee, Lord Sewell, continued to defend its findings, asking if its fiercest critics had learn it in full.

Nevertheless, he claimed Mr Johnson struggled with responding to the report on the time, telling him: “The race factor’s troublesome for me.”

The previous PM has come beneath fireplace for a few of his earlier remarks, together with evaluating ladies sporting burkhas to “letterboxes” and referring to black folks as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.

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“He cannot… ship a nuanced argument about race given his monitor file,” Lord Sewell advised the journal.

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A spokesman for Mr Johnson mentioned there had been a “misunderstanding”, and that he had an “glorious monitor file”, having commissioned the report himself.

“There was a suggestion that as PM, Mr Johnson ought to current the report himself,” the spokesman added. “He correctly declined to take action because the report was unbiased of presidency.”

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Picture: The report was commissioned after the rise of the Black Lives Matter motion within the UK

Within the interview, Lord Sewell additionally revealed he wished Labour’s shadow international secretary, David Lammy, to affix the fee to stop accusations of bias, however claimed it was blocked by get together chief Sir Keir Starmer.

“What occurred is that [Mr Lammy] wished to do it,” mentioned the peer. “He then went and spoke to Starmer. After which he mentioned, ‘oh properly due to the politics I can not come on’.”

A Labour supply referred to as the declare “utter nonsense” and mentioned Mr Lammy by no means meant to affix the fee.

Lord Sewell additionally claimed the then-minister for equalities, Kemi Badenoch, “wasn’t that snug” with suggestions within the report that low-level Class B drug possession offences ought to be solved via public well being options.

However he mentioned she later accepted “she needed to take an unbiased report and run with it”.


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