Kakkar conundrum


Lord Ajay Kakkar.
Lord Ajay Kakkar.

By Amit Roy

VARIOUS newspapers have argued that last week’s report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities had to be fair because the com­missioners were, with one exception, members of ethnic minority com­munities themselves.

One of them was Lord Ajay Kakkar, 56, who was elevated to the peerage in 2010 and sits as a crossbencher. He is a professor of surgery at University College London.

But when I read the ac­tual report, his name was conspicuous by its ab­sence from the list of commissioners.

So had he demanded his name be left off be­cause he disagreed with its findings?

Lord Kakkar did not call me back but his spokes­woman said that the peer stood down from the commission in December last year because he had other commitments.

I asked whether he had a view on the report.

He thought it would be “inappropriate to com­ment”, I was told.

Make of that what you will. But at least we now know the most distin­guished Asian member of the panel has nothing to do with the report.

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