David Cameron has made a controversial speech in Germany, declaring that Multiculturalism has failed, but is he right? Or is he just sympathising with the English Defence League, who had a rally on the same day.
This is a really important statement, not only for Cameron and the Government, but for everybody in the UK. He made the statement at a Security Conference in Munich, so has declared this on the World Stage and in effect has set how we are now to be viewed by everyone in terms of racial tolerance.
Lets face it, what has prompted the stance is Muslim Radicalism which has brought us a new understanding of Fanaticism with Suicide bombers and a new type of terrorism.
Does the actions of the few mean that multiculturalism has failed? Already the government has started withdrawing funding from suspect muslim organisations.
I believe that in essence, what he is wanting is to say rather than hope we all get on, is to say that everyone has to be British. He is using phrases like “Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,”
Muscular Liberalism? What on earth is that? Is it forcing them to be British by punching it into them? I remember that type of politics from the school yard, and it used to hurt!
So what is this British Idyl? What is it that we want everyone to be? That is not a blase question, when our favourite national dish is Chicken Tikka Massala, our houses look like Ikea Showrooms and we drive Japanese, European and American Cars.
We do need to tackle the Muslim Extremist, but this is the wrong approach. I do not think that Multiculturalism has failed, I think we have got a greater, richer country for it. we do have immigration issues, particularly with illegal entrants and deporting criminals. But it is an important distinction between that and people who have come into the country and contribute to our way of life.
In our British history, we should remember that we have been tackling extremism on our mainland for many many years (a long time before America had the problem) and yet have never said that Irish folks have not integrated. Look at the peace process there, it took a lot of hard work, but it has largely worked.
I think I see what Cameron is trying to say and what he wants, this is just a ridiculous way to go around it? It just makes him sound like a Fascist and playing into the Right wing of the EDL and the BNP.
- Multiculturalism: Mr Cameron’s crude caricature solves no problems – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- Multiculturalism: Mr Cameron’s crude caricature solves no problems (guardian.co.uk)
- Labour accuses Cameron of lining up with extremists on multiculturalism (independent.co.uk)
- Cameron: My war on multiculturalism (independent.co.uk)