We were wrong to try to ban racism out of existence, says former equality chief

A former equality chief has branded his years working to stamp out racial discrimination as ‘utterly wrong’.

Writer and broadcaster Trevor Phillips said efforts made under the Blair government turned anti-racism into an ‘ugly new doctrine’.

Mr Phillips is the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has waged a 30-year campaign to tackle issues around discrimination and equality.

In an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, called Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True, he says attempts to stop prejudice instead encouraged abuse and endangered lives as well as contributed to the rise of parties like Ukip.


Like UKIP? He says that like it’s a Bad Thing!


  • jayme

    Could it be certain groups are trying to make racism a far bigger issue then it really is.

  • Doug Kursk

    “The same Trevor Philips who said that Britain “was a backward and inward looking country until the arrival of immigrants”. I’ll leave you all to ponder that one”.

    From the comments section…

    • winniec

      Britain inward-looking? What? The empire upon which the sun never set?
      Philips is a preposterous, pompous fraud! What a distinction to preside over the suicide of UK!

  • winniec

    Quote: “Mr Phillips, a Labour party member, says anti-racism began with good intentions but turned into ‘thought control’. Now, he insists that only a willingness to talk more openly about race, despite risk of causing offence, will help those in need.”
    “Causing offence”? So now the Leftards think they can get more traction by allowing freedom of expression? What is their next trick?

  • ontario john

    What they need is Premier Wynne there, the greatest premier in Canadian history if you believe the Toronto Star. The Star is full of stories this Saturday on her ongoing brilliant work and obsession with sex. And of course the routine nothing to with islam crap.

    • Surele Surele

      Toronto Star? Never heard of it.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Ditto to the deranged notion of “eliminating hate”.

    Some things just are! Best to start off your plan with a basic understanding of humanity and human nature. Unfortunately, that rarely happens anymore since we abondoned genuine education.

    • Surele Surele

      Right you are. You can’t eliminate emotions. Education hasn’t been ‘educating’ our kids for at least a generation and a half.

      • Justin St.Denis

        The last year that high school grads’ literacy skills were up to the mark to undertake college/university level studies was 1976, according to statistics compiled by the University of Toronto and released sometime circa 1992, as I recall.

        The rest of the curriculum has suffered equally. Teachers, social workers and police stopped being “your friends” sometime earlier than that.

  • pdxnag

    The competitive morality freakout has spawned the Kill Whitey Koalition, worldwide. Whiteness is deemed uniquely and inherently evil and racist. (The evil racist Other has no problem embracing your definition.)

  • DMB

    The left use racism in the name of so called fighting racism for example employment equity programs that discriminate against white hetrosexual men in public sector jobs. Another example is the Indian Act that actually does more harm to natives than it does to help them such as natives not being able to own property on reserves, lack of transparency amongst bandleaders.