21 April 2021

The CapX Podcast: Is Britain racist?


Is Britain a racist society?

After a year where prejudice, privilege and protest have never been far from the headlines, it’s a question that continues to provoke the fiercest debates – not least after the recent publication of the Government’s recent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.

For the latest instalment of The CapX Podcast, editor John Ashmore spoke to Dr Rakib Ehsan, an independent researcher and author who covers ethnicity and cultural issues in the UK. Rakib is a regular contributor to the site and one of his pieces, on social outcomes for white working class children, is quoted at length in the Commission’s report.


In a wide-ranging interview, we discussed the nature of discrimination in Britain, whether we are importing a US-style culture war, the importance of family structure for people’s life chances and the acute difficulties now faced by Keir Starmer’s Labour Party in negotiating between its metropolitan base and its socially conservative former heartlands.

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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.