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Chancellors Debate: Get out of the red but don’t ignore the Black

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It was hardly the debate of the century but last night’s Chancellors debate on Channel 4 was revealing in one important sense. Although most of the important issues of the day were subject to detailed discussion, race and racism did not feature at all.

Given the primacy of issues such as the rising BNP profile, immigration and a frighteningly high increase in levels of black unemployment among African, Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in particular among young people, this was odd. Whilst it’s too much to expect a fulsome debate about these issues one would have at least expected some passing reference.

This was, no doubt, partly as consequence of the debate being reduced to fiscal policy and debt. However, we all know the resulting underlying and growing social tensions will continue to rise, as the expected public sector cuts in spending kick in.

So one again, race has been sidelined in a national political debate and to that extent its business as usual. The reality is we ignore these issues at our peril. Black youth employment is of real concern as well as the divisive politics of the BNP.

Neither of the main parties seriously engaged on these issues during the debate, and more widely, they have paid them little more than lip service. As for the debate itself, notwithstanding the above, Vince Cable did very well as the honest broker of British politics and given the likely hood of a hung Parliament he may be given the opportunity to emerge as a radical and reforming force for good.

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  1. Didn’t see it but read this and other write ups this morning. Sounds much more interesting than the live ledaer’s debates. I’ll try catching this tonight.

  2. “So one again, race has been sidelined in a national political debate and to that extent its business as usual. The reality is we ignore these issues at our peril. Black youth employment is of real concern as well as the divisive politics of the BNP.”

    I think we only have this depressing government called New Labour to blame for that. It is a disgrace when a government has little to no expectation from its own minority ethnic citizens. This poor government has done enough to turn me off politics forever.

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