Bride & Prejudice
Cash for Racism- A Windfall for Trevor Phillips


Racism on Sale: 

Two for the Price of One – Dr.S Deman & Shipla Shetty

Dr Suresh Deman, B.Sc., M.A. (India), M.A.& ABD (US), M.Phil (UK) & PhD (Japan) has worked as Lecturer, Senior  Lecturer and Professor in India, Poland, US, Australia, Japan, Ireland and UK. He has served   on the UN Expert Group Panel and has published scores of research papers in encyclopedia & international journals. However, he has been serial victim of racial discrimination and abuse but never gave up his fight. He found many Higher Education Institutions and their senior officers, Prof. Ian Gow, PVC at University of Nottingham and Russell Brockett HR Director at University of Greenwich, guilty of racial discrimination and victimisation. Mr John Davies QC represented Dr Deman against   University of Greenwich, Russell Brockett and Ross Geddes who individually were found guilty and the Tribunals had ask them to pay compensation.  













Name & Shame  

OBE for Racism  Zionist Labour Party Mafia

Rejoice Racism

Lucrative: Trevor Phillips topped up the £110,000 a year the EHRC pays him for a three-day week with controversial consultancy work



Shilpa's Plight  

Big Brother: Phillips advised Channel 4 after it faced a public backlash over the 'racist bullying' of Shilpa Shetty, left, by Jade Goody





Goody refer to Shetty as 'poppadom' and  Lloyd telling the Bollywood star she should just 'go home', it sounded like "Go back where you came from". Also adding: 'She can't even speak English properly' she is better & more educated than Goody & Jade and speaks much beter than her.



Racism scandal: Shilpa Shetty

Racism scandal: Shilpa Shetty

Publicly, the Commission backed Mr Phillips. However, this newspaper has learned that, behind closed doors, his conduct caused serious concerns in the organisation. As a result it ordered a secret legal review by human rights lawyer Robin Allen QC. 

A Satin Rebuking Sin as Bird of a Feather Flock Together


R. Allen QC is in the same boat as Mr. Phillips as he is advising the EHRC about his conduct at the same time he is defending him in Mr Deman's Race Claim against him. What an Irony?

To spare Mr Phillips’s blushes, Mr Allen was asked to focus on the general issue of commissioners who take on commercial work.

However, his conclusions are clear. The report says commissioners should not work privately for organisations regulated by the EHRC. The Race Relations Act specifically includes Channel 4 as one of those bodies.

Furthermore, Mr Allen says pointedly that commissioners themselves may fail to detect a conflict of interest; they are not best placed to judge the matter; they should take advice from others and, crucially, they should ‘listen’ to that independent advice.

Mr Phillips’s conduct was also raised when the EHRC board met in Cardiff on July 17 and 18. Most commissioners attended a dinner at Cardiff’s Village Hotel on July 16 with guest of honour, Wales’s Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones. Mr Phillips did not attend the dinner.

Some commissioners were surprised to learn later that he had spent the evening addressing a Channel 4 meeting in London on the findings of his privately

commissioned research on race equality for them. When the board meeting got under way, several commissioners, including Professor Francesca Klug, who lectures on human rights at the London School of Economics, raised the issue of Mr Phillips’s private work for Channel 4. A separate inquiry has been launched by Susan Gray,

Director of Propriety and Ethics at the Cabinet Office. Ms Gray, who advises Ministers on potential conflicts of interest, visited Mr Phillips at his London office two weeks ago. She has not yet completed her report.

Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below?

Idiot of the highest order, in a Government full of idiots of the highest order.

- George, UK and Abroad, 03/8/2008 13:41

With one hand he lights a fire and with the other is paid to put it out.

Another labourite on the make.

Will the next government please put him and his grubby organisation out of our misery!

- Pinkie, London, 03/8/2008 12:40

Why is this obnoxious individual not sacked. He make race relations far worse.Yet another socialist jobsworth.

- K. Marsden., Pas de Calais France, 03/8/2008 12:


Channel 4 fallout of Big Brother's Shipla row.   

In 2008 it was revealed through the British tabloid press that a private company co-founded by Phillips and in which he owns 70% of the shares,  the Equate Organisation had been employed by Channel Four following the race row involving Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody during the May 2007 series of Celebrity Big Brother. The undisclosed sum paid by C4 to Phillips and the Commission's assertion that "Trevor has gone through all the correct processes of declaring his interests, so there is no conflict "provoked widespread criticism amongst populist British newspapers whilst broadsheets failed to carry the story at all.

The Government's equality chief, who is responsible for making businesses and public bodies obey anti-discrimination laws, was paid by Channel 4 for giving advice following the Big Brother racism scandal.

Trevor Phillips, the £110,000-a-year chairman of Labour's new Equality nd Human Rights Commission 'super quango' was hired by the TV company after the furore over the treatment of Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.

He was paid for the work through the Equate Organisation, which he co-founded with media entrepreneur Charles Armitage, and in which he owns 70 per cent of the shares.

Equate charges corporate clients a substantial fee for a 'discreet, customised service' on how to handle the sort of equality issues that are investigated by the Commission.

Equate's website prominently displays a picture of Mr Phillips and describes him as 'one of the leading experts on equality and diversity policy in Europe'.

Mr Phillips and Equate were retained by Channel 4 in May 2007 to help it recover from the damage it suffered when Miss Shetty was subjected to allegedly racial abuse from fellow contestants on Celebrity Big Brother earlier that year.

Mr Phillips had been one of the strongest critics of Channel 4, accusing the broadcaster of failing to take responsibility for 'vicious racial bigotry' on the reality show.

Big Brother housemates Jade Goody, her then boyfriend Jack Tweedy, glamour model Danielle Lloyd and former S Club 7 singer Jo O'Meara were at the centre of the allegations.

Viewers saw Goody refer to Shetty as 'poppadom' and  Lloyd telling the Bollywood star she should just 'go home', adding: 'She can't even speak English properly.'

Following the row, Channel 4's chief executive Andy Duncan announced that Mr Phillips had been commissioned to write a report for the broadcaster on 'cultural diversity in the UK'. 

But it was not disclosed that Mr Phillips was being paid, nor that the payment was being made via his private consultancy.

Mr Phillips was appointed chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in December 2006. He previously headed the Commission for Racial Equality, which the new body replaced.

Big Brother: Phillips advised Channel 4 after it faced a public backlash over the 'racist bullying' of Shilpa Shetty, left, by Jade Goody.

In January this year, the Commission's legal sub-committee, which Mr Phillips also chairs, began its own detailed discussions with Channel 4 over its responsibilities under new equality legislation.

The Commission said yesterday that Mr Phillips had followed the proper procedures in alerting his colleagues to the founding of Equate and by withdrawing from any of the legal sub-committee's discussions about Channel 4.

A spokesman added that the broadcaster was Equate's only client to date, although Mr Phillips has offered unpaid advice to the bank JP Morgan.

But critics have questioned whether Mr Phillips would be able to direct the full force of the Commission's powers at any organisation that is paying him for consultancy work.

Under the 2006 Equality Act, the Commission can launch official inquiries and formal investigations into companies or public bodies which are failing to eliminate discrimination and, in extreme cases, can support court action.

Independent consultants said that the issue of Mr Phillips's private work was at best confusing and at worst damaging to both his reputation and that of the Commission.

'It certainly looks like a conflict of interest to me and could even be deemed as quite damaging to the Commission's reputation,' said one senior consultant last night.

'How can it be seen to have teeth as a regulator if the chairman is involved in a private company that is paid to give advice that might include the best way to get around complying with equality rules?

'It doesn't sit well because the Commission is only just a year old and has not exactly made much of an impact in getting its voice heard so far.

'There are those who might even argue that Mr Phillips will not necessarily push very hard if one of his external paymasters comes under inspection.

'If you are the regulator how can you advise organisations about the very issue you are sanctioned to monitor?'

Michael Rubenstein, the publisher of the Equal Opportunities Review – a respected and influential journal on equality and discrimination law – said that Mr Phillips's roles present  'potential problems of conflict of interest that are glaringly obvious'.

He said: 'To act for part of the time as the regulator, and also to run a profit-making business advising the regulated, is very different.

'The EHRC is charged with enforcing our discrimination legislation. Trevor Phillips is not only chair of the Commission, but also acts as chair of its legal sub-committee [which] has the responsibility for making the ultimate decision as to which organisations are investigated to determine whether or not they have committed an unlawful act.

'Some of the organisations under consideration may be clients of Mr Phillips's consultancy. How will this affect the views of Commission staff who have to propose priorities for action?'

Mr Phillips has risen from a career in broadcasting, where he was a producer and presenter, to become a member of New Labour's inner circles. He unsuccessfully campaigned to be Labour's candidate for Mayor of London in 1999.

Before heading the EHRC, Mr Phillips had previously headed the Commission for Racial Equality, which was amalgamated with the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission to officially form the new body in October last year.

His appointment was initially on a full-time basis but he now works just three-and-a-half days a week for the watchdog, which he is contracted to chair until at least September 2009.

The rest of his time is spent running Equate – whose website trades heavily on Mr Phillips's experience and contacts – and the TV production company Pepper, which he also co-founded with Mr Armitage.

Pepper, which was set up in 1995, specialises in multicultural TV shows. Its first was the award-winning 1998 BBC documentary Windrush, about the ship that brought the first large group of West Indian immigrants to the UK. According to the company's website, Pepper is also developing a series for Channel 4.

A spokesman for Mr Phillips and the EHRC categorically denied there had been any conflict of interest.

He said that Mr Phillips had taken payment from only one organisation and that part of his fee for that work would go to charity.

'It was agreed from the outset that the chairman's job would be a part-time one, after he had served a full year.

'It was always Trevor's intention to work independently in the area of diversity and broadcasting in his own time.

'Everything has been totally above board. His role as a consultant is not to show companies how to circumvent the law but to help them be better at providing equal opportunities for all their workforce.

'Trevor has gone through all the correct processes of declaring his interests, so there is no conflict.

'The work he is doing for Channel 4 is nothing to do with the Commission's work. He has deliberately absented himself from all the Commission's discussions about Channel 4.'

Norman Baker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, said: 'Mr Phillips appears to have done nothing illegal but it is never a good idea when a regulator involves himself in private practice which seems to compromise the regulatory body he heads. 

'It would be rather cleaner if this activity was carried out after he left the Commission.
'I would have also thought that Channel 4 could have directly asked the Commission for the advice it is now paying for.'

A spokesman for Channel 4 confirmed that Mr Phillips had been hired to undertake a research project into the television viewing habits of ethnic communities in the UK.

'He was asked in his private capacity as a former broadcaster and someone with considerable expertise of racial diversity issues, rather than as chairman of the EHRC,' the spokesman added.

He would not say how much Mr Phillips had been paid for the work, which is expected to be completed in July.

Comments (28)

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  • So - he goes after them in his "Equalities" role. Then gets paid by them for advice. Then is chair of the hearing...
  • Sounds very dodgy to me.
  • A resignation would be in order here...

- Graeme Pirie, Nuneaton, 08/6/2008 09:47

  • Looks like Trevor Phillips has got his fingers in the pot with the rest of the New Labour diversity crowd.

- Mark A, Warrington Cheshire, 08/6/2008 09:41

 Everyone's on the make! Isn't it marvelous how much money these people take out the public purse. Where is the return for that investment? A person paid a good wage to do a good job, slips off to do privately paid job on the side. The whole lot should be investigate to find out if the public are getting value for money. Of course the answer will come back 'yes' because quango's are unaccountable!

- RayB, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 08/6/2008 09:35