The human rights campaigner Trevor Phillips is to explore the issue of racial equality in a Channel 4 documentary featuring Ukip’s leader, Nigel Farage, and the former prime minister Tony Blair.
The 75-minute programme, Things We Won’t Say About Race (That Are True), looks at why Britain appears uneasy about discussing issues of race and diversity and whether “hostility to immigrants and ethnic groups has increased” because of that. The programme is due to air this month.
Phillips, a former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, talks to Farage about whether or not attempts to embrace a multi-ethnic Britain has led directly to the rise of Ukip. He also talks to Blair about New Labour’s work in support of diversity.
According to the co-producers Outline Productions, Phillips “confronts some uncomfortable truths about racial stereotypes” and tackles head-on “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.”
David Glover, Channel 4 head of specialist factual, said: “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.”
Outline Productions’ creative director, Helen Veale, said: “Trevor has had a unique role in shaping equality legislation in Britain and his views on where we’re heading make for a powerful and challenging film.”