In an atmosphere when anyone can close down the conversation by saying “I feel uncomfortable”, rational discussion becomes impossible.
Johnson’s critics who accuse him of Islamophobia are either confused or disingenuous. Their tactics harm mainstream Muslims.
He is uniquely placed to start to rebuild trust – and that task is essential to our Party’s future.
But some, perhaps many, Tory MPs have these tendencies – including one no less senior than the Prime Minister herself.
“I am announcing new dedicated team that will be set up to help these people evidence their right to be here.”
“It is inhumane and cruel for so many of that generation to have suffered for so long in this condition.”
Across this half-century, from Scarman after Brixton to MacPherson after Stephen Lawrence, governments have engaged only sporadically engaged with race.
Such messages have more in common with the race controversies of 50 years ago than with the modern Conservative Party.
Social cohesion is a tricky thing to quantify, but the Communities Secretary should explain how he plans to decide if his pilot programmes are a success or not.
Last year’s general election saw Labour decisively re-open a lead which we had worked hard to reduce in 2010 and 2015.
When a ‘right-wing’ politician is nominated for a plaque, it is almost bound to be controversial with ‘the left’. Tories are much more generous.
From housing to university access, from the criminal justice system to the House of Commons, ethnic minority communities desire and deserve a fairer deal.
We feel a commission, a working group, an inquiry coming in – to look these inconsistencies, accidents of history and quirks, to see if some tidying-up is required.
Condemnation of such bigotry in other political parties must not be reduced to partisan mudslinging.
All credit to her. She’s the first prime minister since Tony Blair to do one phone-in outside an election period. They always carry a slight risk for a politician.