New Straw climbdown on race act
JACK STRAW has watered down his promise to fully extend the Race Relations Act so it covers public institutions like the police. Straw's changes to the 1976 law were to go through parliament this week. After the Macpherson report it was widely expected that the act would be changed to include institutionalised racism. But Straw, after listening to the police, ruled this out. So the law will not be made to cover stop and search, black deaths in custody or the lack of investigations into racist murders like that of Michael Menson.