Corbyn unveils ‘staggeringly hypocritical’ plan to teach kids about British Empire racism

The Labour leader will set out details of the plans at the launch of his party’s race and faith manifesto today. But former Labour minister Ian Austin, who quit the party over its handling of prejudice against Jews, said that the party should tackle racism within its ranks first.

He said: “No one is going to listen to a lecture about racism from Jeremy Corbyn when Labour is the only party in history to be subjected to a full inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

“Instead of making speeches about these issues, he ought to be listening to the Jewish community, dealing with the anti-Semitism that has poisoned the Labour Party under his leadership and disowning the candidates who have said and done unacceptable things.”

Labour’s race plans would compel businesses to report on the pay gap faced by black, Asian and minority ethnic groups staff in order to stamp out discriminatory pay.

An “emancipation educational trust” would also be formed “to ensure historical injustice, colonialism and role of the British empire is taught in the national curriculum”.

The trust would also lecture on migration as well as how to address the legacy of slavery and teach how it “interrupted a rich and powerful black history”.

Mr Corbyn also wants to end charges for passports, visas and tests from the Home Office

Home Secretary Priti Patel said not charging for visa and immigration services would cost more than £1.5 billion.

“It’s staggering that Corbyn’s Labour see fit to lecture people about race and faith while they are investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission for the rampant anti-Semitism in their ranks,” she added.

Mr Corbyn faced an exodus of MPs over his failures to tackle anti-Semitism in his party.

Ahead of his speech, he said: “Labour is the party of equality and human rights. Our race and faith manifesto presents our unshakeable commitment to challenge the inequalities and discrimination that has faced too many communities.

“Whatever your background, wherever you are from, whatever your faith or religious belief, you should have the chance to use your talents to fulfil your potential. Labour will tackle head on the barriers that have unfairly held back so many people and communities.”


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