LAST week, Downing Street was shooting from the hip in support of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities Report. This report has been dismissed in many quarters, including by experts on race relations, as a complete whitewash. It’s called the “Downing Street” report, because that’s what it is, a Conservative Party public relations exercise. It has not had the best of reviews. It makes an assertion that researchers relied on data of success stories and therefore not only denied the existence of racism but also represented the positive stories. In a way, I think we should be grateful that this report was even released in the first place. It has given us a small break from the niceties of appearing unoffended when you very well know that many raw nerves have been touched.