If David Lammy doesn’t like it, it must be very good for Britain

Has Boris Johnson just played a blinder? News has emerged that the new commission on racial inequalities, which he promised in response to the BLM protests, and which has the distinct whiff of another nail in the coffin of our national culture, might not be all that BLM activists had hoped for. Boris is planning to appoint his old friend and trusted advisor Munira Mirza, currently Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit, as its head.

Mirza’s suitability for the role can be easily judged from the reactions of outrage on the Left. Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy complained that his own review into inequality in the justice system had been attacked by Mirza, even though Corbyn, Cameron and May had ‘welcomed’ it. Johnson, he continued, was not listening to BLM at all, but ‘trying to wage a culture war’.

Diane Abbott said, ‘A new race equalities commission led by Munira Mirza is dead on arrival. She has never believed in institutional racism.’ And the Institute of Race Relations warned that instead of acknowledging the reality of ‘institutional racism’, Mirzi had spoken of an anti-racist ‘grievance culture’. They added, ‘It is difficult to have any confidence in policy recommendations from someone who denies the existence of the very structures that produce the social inequalities experienced by black communities.’

It seems that Boris has made an excellent choice.

Munura Mirzi is, in fact, everything BLM activists loathe: she is educated, civilized, articulate, successful, and though nominally ‘BAME’ (her parents came here from Pakistan), completely at ease in this country, and with its culture. Mirza has in the past been highly critical of attempts by government to address racial inequality, describing Theresa May’s ‘race disparity audit’ as an example of how ‘anti-racism is becoming weaponised across the political spectrum’. She incurred the wrath of Labour advisor Dave Hill back in the days when she was Boris’s cultural advisor as Mayor of London. According to The Guardian, he accused them both of ‘bashing cultural relativism’ and promoting ‘a crass, backward-looking view of the arts’. To Hill, Mirza’s call for rejecting cultural relativism and upholding ‘cultural value’ sounded like a return to the ‘old, unchallenged hierarchies’. Johnson had himself condemned ‘mushy-minded cultural relativism’, declaring himself an ‘unashamed cultural elitist’.

Boris’s appointment of Mirzi also sheds light on what he meant in his Telegraph article when he referred to building on the existing success of BAME students and turning this into a ‘universal narrative’. In her 2012 book The Politics of Culture: The Case for Universalism, Mirzi argues that in place of ‘cultural diversity’, ‘identity politics’ and ‘inclusivity’, we should foster ‘a new, critical universalism in contemporary cultural policy’, which recognises that art and culture, in their highest forms, have transcendent universal value. This sounds most promising. Moreover, it has been confirmed that the commission would look at ‘wider inequalities’ such as why working-class white boys are behind others in school. This cannot be what BLM had in mind at all.

Of course, who will sit on the commission (yet to be announced) is another matter. But Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, might be another excellent choice. He has undergone something of a latter-day conversion in his attitude to the causes of racial inequalities, famously describing multiculturalism as ‘a racket’ and recently being suspended from the Labour Party for ‘alleged Islamophobia’. 

It is still a tall order, but we have at least been given a glimmer of hope in these dark days.  

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14 Comments on If David Lammy doesn’t like it, it must be very good for Britain

  1. This sounds to be good news at last and perhaps the recruiting of intelligent non-white people from immigrant forebears who recognise the importance of assimilation and defending the country that drew them here are the most effective ‘warriors’ to protect conservative England against the Marxist/racialist attempt to discredit Britain’s reputation and history in order to replace it with their ghastly vision of a Britain deracinated from its past.

    • Yes and thank goodness we don’t still send 10 year olds up chimneys or work 14 hours a day at t’ mill for tuppence a month, or hang people for stealing a loaf of bread. Although I think we’re heading back that way.

      • There is child labour, bonded labour and slave labour all around the world. Go to Africa and Asia. Fortunately, the Victorians abolished child labour here. Look up Lord Shaftesbury. Look up William Wilberforce and David Livingstone while you’re at it.
        More self-loathing, I think.

  2. Important to keep in mind the differences in the frequency distributions across racial/cultural sub-groups in educability, productivity, and propensity to violence.

    The latter is especially significant among sub-groups which aim to establish within the UK their own anti-Western political and legal systems, presented as legitimate religious freedom.

  3. When the stage magician James Randi exposed Uri Geller and faith-healing con-men the believers continued to believe and got pretty angry with Randi for disrespecting their beliefs.

    There’s no chance of any sort of commission, evidence, reason or truth disabusing the ‘protestors’. It’s their Ids not their Superegos that are driving them.

  4. Britain has always been multicultural. Unless you think Glyndebourne, Millwall supporters, Morris dancers, Glasgow razor gangs, folk singers, east end barrow boys, vomiting holidaymakers, baptists, whippet and pigeon fanciers, druids, heavy metal fans etc etc are all the same.

    There is no “national culture”. It’s a lie. Why would any of the above, or you, feel you have to stop doing what you enjoy because somebody else does something different or even looks different?

    • Where does this self-loathing and self-hatred come from? That is the intriguing question.
      The French, Germans, Spanish, Indians, Americans, Polish, Japanese etc. know very well who the English are and that theirs is a very distinct national culture. They also know that they are heirs to very distinct national cultures and characteristics of their own which have evolved over centuries. But our home-grown liberals, desperate to signal how cosmopolitan and tolerant they are, while jealously guarding their own privileges, pretend that their own cultural inheritance has never existed.

      • It comes from the Judaic culture of critique, present in every non-native social contrivance since Pauline Christianity.

        • Criticism and commentary within a tradition, mediated by that tradition, is one thing. ‘Critique’ is something quite different, merely code for half-baked neo-Marxist post-mod deconstruction of anything relating to the Western tradition.

    • Andrew: I can add to your list of British cultural diversity: “Derby Day, Henley Regatta, Cowes, the twelfth of August, a cup final, the dog races, the pin table, the dart board, Wensleydale cheese, boiled cabbage cut in sections, beetroot in vinegar, nineteenth-century gothic churches, and the music of Elgar.” I owe the list to T S Eliot, and to Philip Larkin I owe the observation that almost everything in Eliot’s list is discussed in the poems of John Betjemen.

      Yes, since time immemorial we’ve been a mongrel race and a multicultural nation.

      But can’t you see that all that astounding range of multicultural differences – the most diverse culture that’s ever existed – is on the brink of being abolished in favour of single-minded, stupid, totalitarian cultural Marxism?

    • I went on one of those vomiting holidays that Werdna mentions and never threw up once. Complete waste of time. Of course, I got my money back and so was able to pay the ten-year old who’d just cleaned my chimney.