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The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. The Parekh Report Paperback – 5 Nov 2008
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The Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain was established by the Runnymede Trust and given the task of analysing the current state of multi-ethnic Britain and to propose ways of countering racial discrimination. One of the main assumptions of the report is that England, Scotland and Wales are at a turning point in their history and could go one of two ways; either they become narrow and inward looking, characterised by conflict between themselves, between regions and among the various communities which make up the populace, or they "develop as a community of citizens" as well as a "community of communities". To avoid the former and achieve the latter involves a thorough discussion around a number of basic themes including rethinking the national story and identity, understanding that all identities are in a process of transition, developing a balance between cohesion, equality and difference, addressing and eliminating all forms of racism, reducing material inequalities, and building a pluralistic human rights culture. The report is built around these six themes, but split into three parts. Part one discusses the themes, while part two discusses how these themes ought to be realised in various areas of social policy, including the criminal justice system, employment, the media, education, health, the arts, immigration and asylum. The third and final part deals with the role of government in providing direction, resources and leadership.
The 23 individuals who made up the Commission represent an impressive breadth of experience and expertise in race-related issues. Undoubtedly the report represents the most important contribution to the national debate on racial discrimination for many years and the Commission's recommendations for the basic reform of the country's social, cultural, and political institutions are bound to be taken seriously. All discussions of multi-ethnic Britain from now onward will have to take this as their basis. --Larry Brown
The report of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, launched by the Home Secretary in 1997. It covers all aspects of Britain's multi-ethnic future: religion, immigration, crime, educational policy, housing, racial violence, the arts, policing and prison policy. It also covers all minorities: Irish, Asian, Jewish, Caribbean and African - the entire globe in fact. The conclusions and recommendations are far-reaching and important. They will form government policy for the next 20 years and will affect everyone - of whatever religion or colour - in Britain.See all Product description
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It is a deconstructive and anti-national work and one of its outcomes has been to erode the concept of collective shared memory in public culture which hitherto has underpinned nationhood and social cohesion.
It is a work which I feel in the future will be regarded as extremely left-field and unrepresentative.
The true poverty of the multicultural dogma is shown for all its worth; Parekh for example recommends removing the English national traditions from public culture, and establishing a relativist moral and cultural framework based on an idealised form of 'respect'. He does this whilst ignoring the accepted psychological and sociological forces which bond people together.
6 years on this 'community of communities' approach is proving to be a national liability. The publication has in effect empowered many communities to live parallel lives, with few shared touch points with wider society.
History teaches that inclusivity, and acceptance can only come through sharing in the national story - that means its traditions, history, world view and public culture. Britain needs a civic national model that is consistent with the history and identity of each of the nations which make up the UK, and a *shared* public culture, that can unite people irrespective of race. Britain has managed to assimilate millions of people over hundreds of years - but assimilation, not differentiation and diversity politics, has been the key.
Runnymede Trust, of which Parekh is Patron, is a post-modern, Marxist think-tank, which seeks to further integrate the UK within the EU model. The recommendations made within the report must ultimately be taken in the context of Runnymede's extreme left-wing agenda.
The report is ultimately an antinomian, totalitarian, and divisive work which seeks to establish a new order, one which the majority of the British public emphatically reject.