The Prime Minister has suggested the country should not attempt to “rewrite the past” following calls for several historical statues – due to their connections with racism and colonialism – to be removed.
Writing in the Telegraph, the Prime Minister revealed plans to set up a commission to deal with all “aspects of inequality”.
Mr Johnson also suggested “no one who cares about this country” could turn a blind eye to anti-racist demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd in police custody.
However, his belief is to maintain the UK’s history and leave it “broadly in peace.”
The Prime Minister’s words come after more than 100 people were arrested in London after thousands took to the streets to protect targeted statues.
Mr Johnson criticised the mission of “far-right thugs” to protect statues as “utterly absurd.”
However, the PM suggested potential attacks on Sir Winston Churchill’s statue were “deplorable.”
Boris Johnson calls for a new commission to “look at all aspects of inequality.”
In the last two weeks, the UK has played host to several protests against systemic racism and police brutality.
In Bristol, some radical protesters toppled the statue of slave trader Edward Colston into the harbour.
Mr Johnson aims to actively put steps in place to manage inequality and revealed there is still a long way to go to address the issue.
Some protesters have took extreme measures to force change.
“It is time for a cross-governmental commission to look at all aspects of inequality – in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life.”
The Prime Minister’s words have been branded as “condescending” by party opposition.
Labour’s shadow equalities secretary Marsha de Cordova suggested Mr Johnson’s statement is a public relations ploy.
De Cordova said: “We are in the midst of a global health pandemic that has sharply exposed deep structural inequalities which have been long since needed urgently addressing.
Mr Johnson has recieved criticism for his attempt to ‘change the narrative’ from party opposition.
“That the Prime Minister now says he wants to ‘change the narrative’… so we stop the sense of victimisation and discrimination is condescending and designed to let himself and his Government off the hook.”
Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Christine Jardine supported the idea of a commission to tackle inequality as a “welcome first step.”
However, Miss Jardine explained the need for urgency in the introduction of the commission.
Miss Jardine said: “Its findings must not become simply another report on a shelf in Whitehall – the Government must implement them without delay.”
She added: “Conservative ministers must not use this commission to avoid tackling racism and injustice right now.
“There are measures they could take tomorrow, such as scrapping their hostile environmental policies or suspicion-less stop and search, that would begin to heal the divides and achieve true justice for BAME communities.”