October 4, 2006


Ban Muslim ghettos, says Cameron (Daily Mail, 4th October 2006)

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. 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'," 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," said the Tory leader. [...]

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".

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2006 12:00 AM

The Tory leader said Islamic schools should in future admit a quarter of their pupils from other faiths.

Who does he think he is kidding here? Assuming he could find enough parents willing to send their little secular patriots to an Islamic school, what role would they be supposed to play? Doctrinal surveillance? Will they be expected to agitate for equal time for Kwanza? More to the point, how does he feel about baseball caps? He is obviously assuming the outsiders will temper the extremism of the regulars, but I'm sure there is more than one Imam who sees a golden opprtunity for converts in this one.

Britain had made an error by allowing ghettos to develop.

Did anyone even ask Britain? What is he suggesting--bulldozers and residential permits? When did a community of people of similar cultures desiring to live together become a "ghetto", a word that denotes compulsion and legal restrictions? It is quaint to see all these modern Euros so convinced that the Muslim rejection of their modern ways is based upon exclusion and that they would all become good postmodern relativists if they were dispersed and given the right education--good medieval thinking, that. It never dawns on them that overexposure and wanting to protect their children is actually the driving force here.

If they want a more integrated society they should re-impose the draft and give Muslims something to respect, but please leave the kids out of it and spare us ethnically-based town planning.

Posted by: Peter B at October 4, 2006 8:52 AM

Plenty of parents would send their kids to a school where there was stricter discipline and greater security.

Yes, bulldoze all those public works buildings. The British countryside is empty--help them move out of cities altogether.

Posted by: oj at October 4, 2006 8:57 AM