SDPtalk with Rakib Ehsan

Rakib and William discuss how to overcome toxic identity politics and create a more unified and tolerant society

By: Editor

What the Left gets wrong about ethnic minorities

In this episode of SDPtalk, William Clouston is joined by writer and research analyst Rakib Ehsan, who specialises in matters of social cohesion, race relations and public security.

In his new book Beyond Grievance: what the Left gets wrong about ethnic minorities, Rakib highlights the growing tensions between the liberal-Left cosmopolitanism of the mainstream political parties and the patriotic faith-based conservatism in many of Britain’s ethnic-minority communities. He argues that Britain needs a robust civic patriotism which understands that a stable family unit is the best form of social security.

The SDP rejects the current obsession with grievance and identity which divides our society into hostile and opposing camps. We favour strengthening the common bonds which unite us and, in so doing, reinforcing communitarian impulses in public life. Our policies seek to defend and support traditional family life, particularly in welfare and economic policy, education and housing.

Rakib and William discuss the impacts of tribal identity politics on social cohesion, and identify the steps that need to be taken to create a more unified and tolerant society.

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