Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Too late, Trevor...
Help the white working class or risk surge in far-Right extremists, says equalities chief
Britain risks a surge in Right-wing extremism if it fails to help its white working class weather the recession, the equalities chief will warn today.
Trevor Phillips will break with years of political convention to call for the law to be changed to enshrine positive discrimination in favour of disadvantaged whites.
His startling intervention in the race debate is a rebuke to Harriet Harman, who earlier this year trumpeted plans to make companies discriminate in favour of women and ethnic minorities.
Mr Phillips said ministers should allow councils and education authorities to introduce 'positive action' programmes aimed specifically at young whites unable to compete with highly skilled immigrants because the 'need is so great'.
And he warned that immigration has fuelled 'resentments that are real and should not be dismissed – resentments felt by white, black and Asian'.