Black information Link:

home campaigns act now policy & research press releases links subscribe contact us

black information link The 1990 Trust, human rights for race equality
The 1990 Trust's independent community website for black communities

2007 Bicentenary of Abolition
America at war
Armed Forces
Black Elders
Black Workers
Blink Interview
Civil Liberties
Crime & Policing
Human Rights
News Digest
Northern Ireland
Rural racism
Society & Environment
Stephen Lawrence
The 1990 Trust
UK regions

Trevor Phillips would be “final nail in CEHR coffin”


IS TREVOR PHILLIPS the right candidate to lead the new single equalities body?

Trevor Phillips
Trevor Phillips, CRE chairman.

The 1990 Trust and Operation Black Vote give their verdict on whether the Commission for Racial Equality chairman is the best figure to lead the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR)…

…This might seem like a question about personalities. It is not. Actually it’s a question of policies, and of whether the new chair will have the confidence of Black communities.

Today marks the last days of interviews for potential CEHR chairmanship candidates.

At stake for the hopefuls is the prestige of running Europe’s biggest equalities outfit – a £70m monolith which lumps together race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disabilities, religion and human rights.

Whoever leads it will undoubtedly be a political big hitter. But ironically what is most needed is not politician or spin-master.


Being able to play the media is a secondary consideration. In fact chasing headlines could be the last thing the CEHR chair should do.

 - quote - Credibility comes not from name-recognition, but from a policy approach which chimes with communities.  - unquote -

The priority must be to command credibility from the various equalities lobbies and from the public at large.

This comes not from name-recognition, but from a policy approach which chimes with communities.

The people who most need protection from discrimination do not want the CEHR chair to be following a –maverick agenda or to religiously tow the government line, but a good team player who can bring communities from all strands along with them.

Another important quality for the position is someone who develops the different strands of equalities rather than adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach.


Someone who respects and listens to the grassroots equalities lobbies – the people involved in challenging inequality on the ground, the organisations with grassroots networks.

 - quote - The statement ‘multiculturalism is dead’ was an opportunity for some to attack the ‘race relations industry’ and all who fight for Black people’s rights.  - unquote -

And someone who commands respect from ordinary citizens. For the Black community, this question cannot be divorced from the fact that the CEHR’s creation, and the CRE’s abolition, has dismayed many Black people.

Fears about a hierarchy of equalities developing have not been assuaged.

Public consultations have shown Black communities to be even more opposed to the concept of a single equalities body than others.

The reasons are simple – we have fought blood, sweat and tears to win the present safeguards against racism: the CRE and four race relations acts.

We do not want the gains of the last 30 years to be washed away by a colour-blind approach to equalities.


 - quote - The right-wing press loved the resurrection of the word ‘coloured’, with the implication that those who object have a 'chip on their shoulder'.  - unquote -

The consequences of institutional and personal racism abound in every sphere of life: Black unemployment double that for white people, and hugely disproportionate outcomes in education; criminal justice; mental and other health areas to name but a few.

Our experience has been that whenever race has been merged with other equalities subjects – especially when local authorities axed race committees and units in the 90s – race has fallen down the agenda and often come to rest at the bottom.

Article continues >>

Send to a friend
Send to a friend
print document
Print document

Contact Government
Civil Service
Single Equalities Commission
Citizenship & Integration

Related Stories

CRE turkeys vote for early Christmas Trevor's Rotten Empire UK needs a race-specific body Is this the man who destroyed the CRE? Trevor Phillips appointment as CEHR chairman condemned Trevor Phillips “to join the BNP soon” says mayor Ken Why we're rooting for Shami Batting both ways Fat cat Trevor won't fight for us Rights groups attack Blair's favourite for equality chair Phillips used me, says school experiment boy Equalities body will be a “discriminators charter” Trevor, do you qualify? CEHR chair “must have a record of fighting discrimination” PRESS RELEASE – Black communities reject Trevor Phillips for top equalities job Trevor Phillips would be “final nail in CEHR coffin” The 1990 Trust Response to The Equalities Review Interim Report Six days to influence review into government race policies Anti-racist organisations campaign for 'race committee' and Black representation on the CEHR Local race councils in revolt over merger United we stand Black groups abandon equalities super-body Trevor lobbies MPs for race committee Why we oppose the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights The moment of betrayal Let battle commence Vaz the way to do it Regions unite to demand race recognition in equalities body Sir Bill Morris blasts “one size fits all” agenda Lammy supports race committee for equalities super-body British Democracy failing Black Britain Charles Kennedy considering support for race committee MPs support for race committee grows Last chance to get race on single equalities agenda Jasper unleashed his wrath Lib Dems hold key but which way will they turn? Pump up the volume CEHR “a step backwards” says Diane Abbott Knowing is not believing Lobby MPs over absence of race in single equalities body proposals Upside down politics over single equality body Government shrug off concerns over all-white equality body A funny kind of equality Some more equal than others Time to sound alarm for equality Give us a piece of the pie Equalities merger body radically improved One Big Equality Mush Single equalities body still a dogs dinner Single equalities fudge fails to sweeten sceptics Single equalities body a 'dead duck' as disabilities group say no to merger Black community rejects single equalities merger CRE could survive single equalities merger CRE vote to kill off single equalities plans Trevor Phillips under pressure to oppose single equalities body Another former minister hits out at single equalities body Disappointment over White Paper on the single equalities body – no new powers or cash Government to impose single equalites body even if consultation opposes it Livingstone says single equalities body would be an ‘inaccessible monolith’ ‘Whitewash’ for single equalities body The Eagle has panned it – ex-race relations minister attacks single equalities body Single equalities body may not happen, says CRE chief Enforcement of equality law ‘off the agenda’ in single equalities Stitch-up claims over new single equalities body Squad to design new equalities commission lacks black grassroots credibility War of the equalities Big-guns blast single equalities body Opposition to single equalities body grows


Teeth and their use

Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society: One year On

The Zahid Mubarek Inquiry

pdf Dept. for Communities & Local Government Citizenship Survey

Responses to the Equalities Review Interim Report

The 1990 Trust Response to The Equalities Review Interim Report

Equalities Review Interim Report Briefing – Addressing Race Equality

pdf Our Rights, Our Future

pdf Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society: The Government's race strategy

CRE response to DTI Statement on Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Equality and Diversity Forum welcomes the progress on a Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Summary of Changes to the CEHR

The 1990 Trust’s response to the CEHR White Paper

pdf Delivering equality and human rights for black and minority ethnic communities

Flush the academic racism in Blunkett’s office down the pan

Jacqui Smith answers questions on the Single Equalities Body

How to Contact your MP


Race and Faith and Communities

Election Memory

Catalyst Magazine

UNITE TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS: sign the statement against the erosion of civil liberties and human rights by new anti-terrorism proposals A Black Manifesto No 2 ID FREE FAROUQ PDP ASSOCIATES Power to the People

Published by The 1990 Trust

This website is subject to a disclaimer: Please read

Black Information Link. All rights reserved.

Suite 12 Winchester House 
9 Cranmer Road
London SW9 6EJ
Tel: 020  7582 1990
Fax: 020 7793 8269

top of pagetop of page

powered by Linux