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Britain is in need of a black tsar

TSAR QUALITY: Trevor Phillips could be a candidate for black tsar role

THE CHANCELLOR, George Osborne, and I agree that to put the Great back in Britain takes hard work - from all of us.

However, it came as no surprise to any of us that his last budget in this parliament said nothing, absolutely nothing, about tackling the level of unemployment amongst young black men between the ages of 16 and 25, who have the highest levels of unemployment in the country in their age group. 

We know the reason why they’re unemployed - RACISM. If this country is serious about tackling its race problem it must address it fiscally.

Let’s be real, there is nothing Great in Britain without us. This country was a washed-up little island which had long since seen its best days when we arrived in our hundreds and thousands in the late 1940s, 50s and 60s. We made it Great again. With our discourse our culture and (perhaps) above all else our hard work.

And yet, the politicians still don’t get it. Until they tackle the obscenely high levels of unemployment amongst young black men this country will never really achieve its former greatness. 

The government has all but given up on colour blindness in the private sector, and yet it rewards companies in all sorts of ways for taking on youngsters in general. And respect is due for that. But lingering prejudice pervades and the percentage of black youth unemployment remains stubbornly high. 

We need one of those tsars that the government appoints when it is not able to tackle a problem on its own. Someone like Trevor Phillips (I’m sure other candidates are available) whose sole aim is to bring down the levels of black youth unemployment so that this country can be great again. We’ve had a drugs tsar, an enterprise tsar, a families tsar - why not a Black Tsar?

Let us remember that Britain gives the impression of being non-discriminatory. Indeed, successive governments have put laws in place to outlaw discrimination and to ensure a society with equal access to jobs and wealth - without prejudice. The government demands that of us yet would it meet its own criteria if it were subject to scrutiny? Clearly not. Otherwise half of young black men wouldn’t be walking the streets, kicking stones, with their hands deep in their pockets, or playing with their PlayStations all day and all night, demoralised by the past, unimpressed with the present and dismissive of the future. Undervalued, underused and untapped wealth.

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