Monday, August 21, 2006

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.

"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...
The radical elements haven't done too badly either.
"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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The edifice of multiculturalism is crumbling, slowly but surely. Too little too late, though. Funny how figures like George are now cautiously dipping their toes into the kind of viewpoints the silent majority here in the UK have always held since the 'Empire Windrush' first tied up alongside. I find it especially fascinating that such as George are now echoing only that which the BNP have been trying to say for years, if only the message would have been heard for the PC-left's shrill cries of "racist!" (Yellowbelly of Head's-Up! blog)

8:56 am  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

Ah, Enoch Powell (sigh)....We may not have entirely agreed with you those many tears ago but you did try, a little too forthrightly perhaps, to warn us.

3:17 pm  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

The typo 'tears' for 'years' is strangely appropriate........!

3:19 pm  
Blogger Prodicus said...

was a political innocent, like so many prophets.

5:24 pm  
Blogger Maggie said...

I cannot agree about Enoch Powell because he was a bigot.

What is different here is that the man is a Sri Lankan. It would seem that at last a thinking person has the ability to see through the bluster of the bleeding hearts who scream "racist", every time that their ideology is challenged.

What is true for Britain is true for Australia. The multicultural experiment is a disaster.

4:56 am  

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