Beyond Grievance

Rakib Ehsan

Beyond Grievance will examine the growing tensions between the liberal cosmopolitanism which defines much of the British political Left, and the patriotic faith-based conservatism that runs deep in many of Britain’s ethnic-minority communities. While racial identity politics is in the ascendancy in the Labour Party, the book will argue that many in the party are overlooking the attachments to the traditional triad of faith, family and flag in historically Labour-voting ethnic-minority communities – and in so doing presenting an opportunity for the Tories to cultivate a multi-ethnic patriotism which blends social-democratic economics with socio-cultural conservatism.

Instead, the book argues that we need a robust civic nationalism which understands that a stable family unit is the finest form of social security known to humankind; which is unafraid of challenging class-based barriers and distances itself from racial identity politics; an economic settlement which decentralises power and resources; a cultural arrangement which appreciates that faith is a vital source of strength and optimism across a range of religious groups; and a society based on the rule of law, social responsibility, and equality of opportunity.


ISBN: 9781800751040

Published: September 7, 2023


ISBN: 9781800751057

Published: September 7, 2023



Rakib Ehsan

Dr Rakib Ehsan is an independent analyst and writer, specialising in matters of social cohesion, race relations and public security. He holds a BA in Politics & International Relations (First-Class Honours), MSc in Democracy, Politics and Governance (Pass with Distinction), and a PhD in Political Science, all from Royal Holloway, University of London. His PhD thesis investigated the impact of social integration on the public attitudes of British non-white ethnic minorities.

His research has been published by a number of think-tanks – the Henry Jackson Society, Policy Exchange, the Runnymede Trust and the Intergenerational Foundation, as well as the Mackenzie Institute – while he has written for publications including the Telegraph, the Independent, the Scotsman, the Jewish ChronicleSp!kedUnHerd, the CriticThe Times Red Box and CapX, and appeared frequently on radio and television.

A prominent British authority on matters of racial identity and social integration, Dr Ehsan is currently a Patron of the Muslims Against Anti-Semitism, and has also presented evidence to The White House Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force.