Common sense from David Davis: “Muslims in turn have obligations not simply to condemn terror, but to confront it.” From the Telegraph, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
Muslims must start integrating into mainstream British society, says David Davis, the shadow home secretary and front-runner to take over the Conservative leadership.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph today, Mr Davis signalled a significant shift away from the policy of multi-culturalism, which allows people of different faiths and cultures to settle without expecting them to integrate.
“Often, the authorities have seemed more concerned with encouraging distinctive identities rather than promoting the common values of nationhood,” Mr Davis writes.
His call for a rethink of the approach to immigrant communities came as Hazel Blears, the Home Office minister, sought to reassure British Muslims that they were not being deliberately targeted by the Government’s anti-terrorism powers.
After meeting Muslim leaders in Oldham, Miss Blears said the use of stop and search powers by police had to be “intelligence-led” and carried out in a non-discriminatory way. “The counter-terrorism powers are not targeting any community in particular, but are targeting terrorists,” she said.
Her remarks represented a retreat from her earlier support for Ian Johnston, the Chief Constable of British Transport Police, who said young Asian men should be targeted and police should not waste time “searching old, white ladies”.