Beyond Grievance

Rakib Ehsan

Beyond Grievance highlights 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. With American-style racial identity politics taking root in the UK, the book argues that many liberal-leftists are disregarding the attachments to the traditional triad of faith, family and flag in historically Labour-voting, ethnic-minority communities.

Rakib Ehsan argues that Britain needs a robust civic patriotism which understands that a stable family unit is the finest form of social security known to humankind; a cultural arrangement which appreciates that faith is a vital source of strength and optimism across a diversity of communities. Providing a much-needed corrective to the toxic mixture of tribal identity politics and radical cultural liberalism on the modern British Left, the book presents the case for an inclusive ‘social-justice traditionalism’ rooted in family, security, and equality of opportunity.


ISBN: 9781800751040

Published: June 29, 2023


ISBN: 9781800751057

Published: June 29, 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.