Evening Standard (London), Oct. 24, 2006
Thousands of white immigrants from eastern Europe are deeply racist, the head of the race relations watchdog has warned.
Speaking about the tensions in British communities, Trevor Phillips said many arrivals from former Soviet countries displayed prejudice against black people.
“Some eastern European people have attitudes to black people that date back to the Fifties,” he told BBC television. “And that is not acceptable.”
Ministers accept they made a mistake by not imposing similar controls when other countries including Poland joined the EU in 2004. The Government estimated that 13,000 would arrive but more than 330,000 actually flocked in.
The new stance reflects heightened concern about race relations in the wake of the veil row.
Johnson will press his plan to empower local authorities to make all new faith schools admit up to a quarter of pupils from different religions. But he will assure them he has no plans to backdate the power to cover existing schools.