Some good ideas from David Cameron. But not enough. “Ban Muslim ghettos, says Cameron,” from the Daily Mail, :
David Cameron today vowed to break up Muslim ghettos in Britain’s cities.
The Tory leader said Islamic schools should in future admit a quarter of their pupils from other faiths.
“Good morning, class. Muslims, please occupy the front rows. Dhimmis, you are to sit in the back.”
And he said that housing estates should be planned to avoid creating isolated communities.
In the most frank comments on the issue by a major party leader, he used his keynote party conference speech to say Britain had made an error by allowing ghettos to develop.
“It worries me that we have allowed communities to grow up which live ‘parallel lives’,Ã® he said in an extract of today’s speech obtained in advance by the Evening Standard.
“Communities where people from different backgrounds never meet, never talk, never go into each others’ homes,Ã® said the Tory leader….
But he went on: “Now, a new generation of Muslim schools is emerging. If these schools are to be British state schools, they must be part of our society, not separate from it.
“So they must do more than provide a good education. They must turn out young men and women who have experience of life beyond their own community.” He praised the Church of England for implementing a recommendation from the Cantle Report into the inner cities that said all faith schools should take some pupils from other backgrounds.
“This is a great example of what I mean by social responsibility,” said Mr Cameron, adding: “I believe the time has come for other faith groups to show similar social responsibility.”
He said migrants should learn English because contact between people would overcome differences and “the most basic contact comes from talking to each other”.
Mr Cameron said that children should be taught “the core components of British identity – our history, our language, our institutions”.
He went on: “We need to have contact. In many of our towns and cities, we have allowed ghettoes to develop.
“Whole neighbourhoods cut off from the rest of society. Immigrant families who only ever meet people with the same country of origin. We need to find ways to avoid this.”