Sunday, 13 February 2011
Multiculturalism is a fact
A day earlier, British prime minister David Cameron said:
"Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism," (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12371994)
"Let's properly judge these organisations: Do they believe in universal human rights - including for women and people of other faiths? Do they believe in equality of all before the law? Do they believe in democracy and the right of people to elect their own government? Do they encourage integration or separatism?" (same source)
If you want to listen to all the speech by Mr. Cameron, you'll find it here:
John Rees made a comment on infamous words of Mr Prime Minister, and I will make mine:
1. No, we do not need any more of ANY liberalism, we suffer liberalism for last few decades and I believe that it is well proven this just does not work. It is liberalism that pushed us into the crisis from which Europe will not recover for next few years, not to mention "muscular liberalism", as we also know this one, too, or more precisely Iraqis and Afghanis know it very good.
2. Mr. Cameron obviously decided to carry on very populist politics and this is very sad, especially that he apparently did not watch the news, and was not aware what was happening at the very same time in Egypt.
3. Multiculturalism did not fail, I am alive example of that, as I am not English, living in UK and I feel quite good here and I do appreciate what was built in this country by British government and British people (sadly I feel I have to stretch it: also British people that happen to be Muslims).
4. Making speeches like that can be seen as an afford to alienate and marginalize Muslim majority in UK, and this will certainly not create any greater sense of national identity, unless what Mr. Cameron meant was some sort of "white power"? I'm sorry Mr. Cameron, but Britain is not white any more, it is multi-coloured now and you really cannot change it.
5. There were, no doubt here, made some mistakes in the unifications policy before and I can see it clearly even not being English or even British. The very first one is: the language - many, far too many people that moved over to UK to work are not able to communicate in this language and this problem was not dealt with nearly at all. Moreover wherever you go, you can find a translator, there are clerks in banks and other places that speak foreign languages.... which of course very kind and nice, but the thing is that language and communication are the very first thing that make bounds between people.
Another problem is that English people do not know anything about Islam (for example) and many Muslims here live on the side of the society, because they can feel what Mr. Cameron expressed: not being accepted as part of society, ironically most of those people have British passport, and were born here.....
Dear Mr. Cameron you do not create sense of unity by dividing people....