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How serious is Cameron’s commitment to tackling racial inequality?

David Cameron is leading a charge into land that was once undisputed Labour territory: tackling racial inequality. His recent comment that the failure of top universities to recruit black students “should shame our nation” has been followed by the appointment of David Lammy, the Labour MP, to head a review into race and criminal justice. The Government has set other wheels in motion to investigate various aspects of unequal racial outcomes although it is unclear whether they all fit together in a coherent vision. There has been little debate in Conservative publications about these interesting moves, even though they could potentially form an important part of Cameron’s legacy. Perhaps Tories are taking it all in their stride, having grown comfortable with modern multicultural Britain. If so, the party would enjoy a smoother transition than Labour during in the 1980s.

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