Tuesday, 8 February 2011

...And a rather different view of Leicester

From the previous Daily Mirror article, cooing over the joys of multiculturalism in Leicester, and the rapid decline of white Britons in our English city, we turn to another view, this time uncovered by Wikileaks. The article was published by the Daily Telegraph. It begins:

“Girls as young as four years old were completely covered.

“At a local book store, texts… seemed designed to segregate Muslims from their wider community, urging women to cover themselves and remain in their homes, playing up the differences between Islam and other religions, seeking to isolate Muslims from community, and feeding hate of Jews to the young.”

What country do you think the Americans were talking about in their cables, just released by WikiLeaks? Afghanistan? Saudi? Pakistan?

Actually Leicester, motto Semper Eadem, “always the same”, which the US State Department’s senior adviser for Muslim engagement, Farah Pandith, said was home to “the most conservative Islamic community she had seen anywhere in Europe”.

A confidential cable detailing the trip stated: “Despite the many positive programs in Leicester, the isolation of some parts of the Muslim community was striking"

The author quotes Leicester Council's 'One Leicester' guide...
Leicester has a reputation for welcoming and celebrating diversity” and “the residents of Leicester recognise that the city is both multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-faith”.
...and remarks that it is an odd thing to 'celebrate'.

He goes on:
It’s an interesting fact that only cities with strained community relations adopt the “one” slogan, Luton being another prime example. Ken Livingstone put up posters proclaiming “one London” after the 7/7 attacks, the equivalent of the air hostess saying “don’t panic, we’ve still got one engine left!”

In good times, in wealthy areas, in top schools and universities, diversity is an advantage that allows the transference of new ideas; in bad times and in poor areas it can be a serious weakness. Leicester has not only above average rates of unemployment but also very high rates of illiteracy, and is one of the worst five authorities in England for education; it is not a playground of the rich.

Leicester is now a 'poor area' then. How times have changed! When and how did this come about?

The author, talking about America, concludes:
But even since adopting multiculturalism, America’s ruthless capitalism system still forces immigrants to work, learn English and become American; in contrast Britain’s welfare state promotes separation, self-pity, resentment and radicalism.

And whereas the United States had the American dream, we’ve ended up with the British nightmare. Where did it all go wrong?

Well, you could blame the lefties, the Marxists, the hippies with their their drug-sozzled brains, chasing rainbows. Some, or all of them. What none of them bore in mind was that rainbows are ephemeral, they disappear into thin air. And there's no crock of gold waiting at the end. Just muddy earth.

The complete article may be read HERE

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