August 27, 2006


How right wing the left sounds after its moment of racial truth (Rod Liddle, 8/27/06, Sunday Times of London)

Quick, somebody buy a wreath. Last week marked the passing of multiculturalism as official government doctrine. No longer will opponents of this corrosive and divisive creed be silenced simply by the massed Pavlovian ovine accusation: “Racist!” Better still, the very people who foisted multiculturalism upon the country are the ones who have decided that it has now outlived its usefulness — that is, the political left.

It is amazing how a few by-election shocks and some madmen with explosive backpacks can concentrate the mind. At any rate, British citizens, black and white, can move onwards together — towards a sunlit upland of monoculturalism, or maybe zeroculturalism, whatever takes your fancy.

That multiculturalism really is officially dead and buried can be inferred both from Ruth Kelly’s comments last week and, indeed, from the title of the commission that the government had convened in the wake of the July 7 terrorist attacks last year and to which her observations were made.

In fairness, Kelly, the communities and local government secretary, merely posed the question as to whether the creed had resulted in division and alienation. “Have we ended up with some communities living in isolation from each other?” she asked. That she was speaking wholly rhetorically is evident from the title of the commission: the Commission for Integration and Cohesion. You don’t get either of those things with multiculturalism: they are mutually exclusive.

Britain's future culture is likely though to be Islamic, since it's the only one of the options thriving there.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 27, 2006 8:22 AM

Thriving in the same way that maggots thrive in a wound.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 27, 2006 2:54 PM

One would rather be the flies than the corpse.

Posted by: oj at August 27, 2006 3:53 PM

Better Islamed than embalmed?

Posted by: ratbert at August 27, 2006 5:28 PM