George Alagiah on multiculturalism
Sri Lankan-born BBC newsreader George Alagiah has had a go at multiculturalism in a new book, currently being serialised in the Daily Mail:
"Multiculturalism was the perfect excuse for those who wanted to ring-fence their communities.The radical elements haven't done too badly either.
"In continuing to exert control over their communities, these most conservative elements within the immigrant communities could exploit the ample opportunities afforded under multiculturalism - most notably the public funding of difference in the name of diversity...
"We need to re-examine multiculturalism, the policy that has underpinned race relations in this country for the best part of 40 years. We need to accept that a part of the way in which it has been implemented may have delivered something we never envisaged or intended.I trust he means "we" as in "we of the political and media elites who have been promoting the wonders of multiculturalism for decades", because he's not speaking for those of us who saw through the bullshit years ago. Still, it's nice to see another person slowly coming to his senses.