The chief of the gender equality guard accuses the government of “overcoming racism” and urges companies to set goals to recruit more people from ethnic minorities into leadership positions
- Chairman David Isaac asked if racism had really been made "top priority".
- He said he knew the government was trying to understand the problem
- But Mr. Isaac said that a number of "quick wins" could now happen without delay
- The government said it was "determined to fight racism" and improve Britain
- Minister of Equality Kemi Badenoch said that Mr. Isaac had never raised a problem with her
The Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, spoke today
The Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a stinging broadside against Boris Johnson's government this morning for racism.
Commission chairman David Isaac, who will leave the organization's top role next week, said he appreciated that ministers wanted to understand the problem.
In a series of comments made just a month after Mr. Johnson said that Britain had "made great strides" with racism, he wondered if enough had been done.
He said, "I think the government is lifting its feet.
"You try to understand, but do you take action and is that a top priority?
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"I do not believe that. There are many colored people in need of support and that is why a coherent race strategy is a top priority and I urge the government to act urgently. & # 39;
The government has announced a new Racial and Ethnic Diversity Commission to address UK inequality issues.
However, in an interview with Radio 4, Isaac said there were some "quick wins" that could happen quickly.
He cited eliminating the gender pay gap – where white people are sometimes paid more than black colleagues – and banks hiring a more diverse senior team.
The new government commission was set up after protests around the world after George Floyd's death after he was arrested by the US police.
There have been a number of reports of racism in the UK, including one by David Lammy MP and Sir William Macpherson.
Mr. Isaac, whose term ends in August after he has finished his four-year term, said he agreed with people who were surprised that there were no black commissioners in his organization.
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He added: “I think the time for further recommendations is over.
"We know what to do. Let us continue. & # 39;
The government said in a statement that it was "determined to fight racism as part of our mission to unite and level the country."
It added: “This new, independent commission has a wider scope than previous reviews and builds on the work of the Race Disparity Audit.
& # 39; We continue to take action on recommendations from previous reviews, which we have agreed to implement. This new commission will improve our evidence base to change life for the better.
"We ask those with strong views to contact the Commission."
Kemi Badenoch, Minister of Finance for the Minister of Finance and the Minister for Gender Equality, who is sponsoring the new commission, said Mr. Isaac had never mentioned the complaint that he should drag his feet.
She said: "It is disappointing because I have had several meetings with him and he has never discussed this with me.
"It is a top priority for me, it is simply not true that the government is on his tail on this issue – I absolutely refute it.
“This is one of the really interesting things, for example you mentioned the Lammy review. This government – certainly under Theresa May – commissioned an opposition MP, a Labor MP. We advance the recommendations.
“We have already carried out 16 of them, there were only two out of 35 recommendations that we rejected, and yet people pretend that none of this work is taking place.
“So much has been done until after Macpherson. We do not accept every recommendation that has been made. This is a government that writes its own policies. We are not outsourcing policy making, but one of the things this Commission is doing is actually examining why it is despite everything. In all of these actions, people still believe that we are doing nothing. & # 39;