“Officials at Downing Street have been accused of rewriting much of its controversial report into racial and ethnic disparities, despite appointing an independent commission to conduct an honest investigation into inequality in the UK.
“The Observer has been told that significant sections of the report published on 31 March were not written by the 12 commissioners who were appointed last July. The 258-page document was not made available to be read in full or signed off by the group, which included scientist and BBC broadcaster Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Samir Shah, former chair of the Runnymede Trust, nor were they made aware of its 24 final recommendations. Instead, the finished report, it is alleged, was produced by No 10.
Nor were they given sight beforehand of Tony Sewell’s forward.
“The Commissioners say that, “We did not deny institutional racism or play that down as the final document did. The idea that this report was all our own work is full of holes You can see […] that end product is the work of very different views.” Observer
So, institutional racism is alive and well and living in Downing Street. And the leader of the Opposition, whose job it is to criticise government, is silent. This is collusion, and his position as leader of an anti-racist party is illegitimate.