Nigel Farage will be asked whether striving for a multi-ethnic Britain has led directly to the rise of Ukip in an upcoming Channel 4 documentary.
Titled Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True, the programme is fronted by Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and will explore why Britain is so reluctant to talk about race and diversity. Phillips will also ask former PM Tony Blair how to get diversity and equality back on the political agenda.
According to the documentary-makers, Outline Productions, Phillips “confronts some uncomfortable truths about racial stereotypes” and “tackles head on the question of how a diverse society should deal with racial and religious offence”.
Phillips said: “The dividing lines of race, religion and culture are probably the most dangerous flashpoints in Britain today – but they’re also the ones we find hardest to talk about in public. This film points to ways in which we can say what’s on our minds without being accused of being bigots.”
C4’s head of specialist factual David Glover added: “This film contains some very uncomfortable facts about race. Trevor Phillips now strongly believes that it’s important to get them out there – so ultimately we can understand and tackle them. Trevor is arguably the best qualified person in the country to examine these issues. What’s fascinating is that having thought so deeply about them – he now has a very different approach to the subject than he used to. ”
Phillips was head of current affairs at London Weekend TV before becoming head of the Racial Equality commission, as it was then called, in 2003. He made his first documentary for Channel 4, Black on Black, in 1972, in the week the channel went on air.
Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True will air later this month