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Former government adviser: Boris Johnson has ‘zero plans’ to confront racism

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Simon Woolley (R) seen here with the Queen (L) is a former establishment stalwart who has become disillusioned with the British system

As the ruling Conservative Party tries to recover from its latest Islamophobia scandal, a former government race adviser has accused the Prime Minister of demonstrating “no initiatives” to tackle “deep” racial inequalities in the UK.

Lord Simon Woolley, a former advisory chair of the Race Disparity Unit (RDU), claims Boris Johnson aspires to “change the race narrative” as opposed to effecting “actual change” to the country’s fraught race dynamics.

Talking to the Independent (October 10), Woolley identified three policy initiatives – addressing low ethnic minority pay in the workplace, tackling low minority in higher education and recruiting 30,000 more black teachers – which are “gathering dust” as a result of the PM’s inaction.

Woolley, who is also the founder of Operation Black Vote, complains about the new Race Disparity Commission (RDC – which replaced the old RDU under Wooley’s leadership) and raises the alarm over its leader, Tony Sewell, who has controversially dismissed evidence of institutional racism as “flimsy”.

Sewell is an ally of Johnson dating back to the PM’s tenure as the mayor of London (2008-2016).

The RDC was hastily established in the summer when the government was under extreme pressure to respond to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and protests sweeping across London and other major British cities.

“Many duly worry whether or not the Commission [RDC] believes the depth and breadth of racial inequality in the UK exists? If they don’t really believe in it, who is going to drive through the needed changes?", Woolley complained.

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