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Racism is still stopping Britain’s ethnic minorities from entering the best-paid professions

So reports The Guardian:

Racism is still stopping Britain’s ethnic minorities from entering the best-paid professions despite them having a stronger work ethic and greater drive than white Britons, a report released tomorrow claims.

The report, funded by the government and compiled by charity Business in the Community, whose president is Prince Charles, says too many ethnic minority Britons feel prestige jobs in the law, banking, media and politics are closed to them.

It finds “blatant racism”, including taunts about being terrorists, is still closing doors and warns that the government and business must take tougher action.

For the study, 1,500 people from all ethnic backgrounds were interviewed. Asked which professions were seen as racist, nearly half of all respondents saw the police as prejudiced, rising to 72% for Afro-Caribbeans. The armed forces were seen as prejudiced by 36%, politics by 30%, and law by 16%.

You can read the full report here.

Amongst senior Liberal Democrats, it’s notable how Vince Cable’s personal backstory gives him a passion for tackling this issue. The question now the party is in coalition government is: does the party take the issue seriously enough to make noticeable progress?

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