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‘Multiculturalism is Dead’. – Eric Pickles

21/02/2012

Communities Secretary Mr Eric Pickles is to scale down the ‘multicultural’ agenda and urge respect for Christianity, according to a report by Macer Hall in today’s Daily Express.

He writes…

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today unveils a radical new race-relations strategy which emphasises the Union flag and Britain’s Christian heritage.
He will say that “community cohesion” policies in Whitehall and local authorities must promote national unity and British values rather than encouraging ethnic or cultural “division”.
And he will savage the previous Labour government for pouring millions into ethnic-minority projects that increased splits within communities.
The Coalition’s new approach to relations between different ethnic and religious groups will be set out in an “integration strategy” report to be published today.
It will say that religious faith should be “part of the solution” in easing community tensions rather than being seen as a barrier to better relations.
“We value the role of religion and faith in public life. The days of the state trying to suppress Christianity and other faiths should be over,” the strategy will say.

It seems to me that the multicultural agenda has kept communities apart, by encouraging immigrant groups to maintain their ethnic or religious identity, instead of integrating fully with society. Afraid to offend these separate, powerful, lobby groups, the government and the courts have been willing to sacrifice our Christian heritage to appease them. If Eric Pickles is bringing that to an end, it is to be welcomed.

What do you think?

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  1. Duncan permalink

    “It seems to me that the multicultural agenda has kept communities apart, by encouraging immigrant groups to maintain their ethnic or religious identity, instead of integrating fully with society” – Perhaps the same thing needs to happen with the “Ulster”, “Protestant”, “Unionist” community in Northern Ireland; a lot more ‘integration’ with the rest of Ireland, as to people on “the mainland”, you are all Irish.

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