A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Cameron, multi-culturalism and preventing extremism

My Progress column this week is a response to David Cameron's speech on security, multiculturalism and preventing terrorism:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the problem is that Cameron would know that some of his speech would hit the headlines but not the rest of it. This is an aspect of 'dog whistle' politics.

Also, we have always been multi-cultural in this country. If you are from a working class background in the north east of England, then you might attend the annual Durham miners' gala.
By contrast, some well-heeled people in the south of England might attend the Henley Regatta or Royal Ascot. But that is one aspect of multi-culturalism that Cameron and his ilk will not be attacking.

2:47 pm, February 09, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear, the cloth cap is alive and kicking.

The difference between multi-social grouping and multi-cultural is that there is the opportunity to move between levels of the first but, seemingly, little desire to do so from the second.

Multi-culturalism is a concern to people across political divides and it is a shame, from a Labour point of view, that David Cameron got to say it first. Too much Labour comment at the moment seems to be reactive rather than proactive.

4:12 pm, February 09, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the thing about being in opposition, though - you have to react to things a lot more.....

Presumably Luke mentioned that Blair made a strikingly similar speech years ago??

12:40 am, February 10, 2011


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