Labour’s race equality act launch event descended into farce after equality campaigners and media were banned from attendance — signalling the leadership’s dismissive attitude towards black and brown voters.
In recent weeks, the Tories have been pretending to support refugees – but their Nationality and Borders Bill, which is being voted on tonight, is the harshest crackdown on migrant rights in decades.
The government-backed Sewell Report has declared Britain free from institutional racism. Its findings are laughable, but it was never intended as a rigorous study – it is just the latest weapon in the Tory culture war.
It’s not perfect, but Labour’s race and faith manifesto is the boldest anti-racist programme ever put forward by a major party at election time – and is needed now more than ever.
A socialist-led Labour Party has a unique opportunity to put forward a platform that would profoundly challenge racial disadvantage.