Of course, for this “cultural separatism” to be really effectively addressed, Cameron and others would have to confront the reality of Islam as a political and social system as well as a religious faith. But that is something they show no sign of doing.
From the Daily Mail, with thanks to all who sent this in:
David Cameron has launched himself into the debate on ‘Britishness’ claiming that young Muslims are becoming more separated from society than their parents.
He claimed the UK was facing a growing problem of “cultural separatism” where the next generation of British Muslims were further away from mainstream society than the previous generation.
In an attempt to remedy the problem the Tory leader has said advocated lessons on “being British” and said all immigrants should speak English.
Warning that the country had failed to build a sense of common citizenship Mr Cameron said Britain should follow the example of the US, which had succeeded in achieving a real sense of “what it means to be an American”.
He called for history to be taught “properly” in schools in a way that celebrated Britain’s positive achievements at home and abroad.
His comments echoed recent remarks and concerns raised by senior Labour figures.
Leader of the Commons Jack Straw has also pointed to the US example, while a pamphlet today by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly and Immigration Minister Liam Byrne called for a national “Britain” day to strengthen citizenship.