In response to to Ken Crawford: The curious case of the missing immigration debate, paul parmenter wrote:
We seem to be getting endlessly muddled thinking from the government around ‘diversity’ and ‘integration’. On a basic understanding of what these two terms mean, they are incompatible. You can have one or the other, but not both at the same time. It’s like saying you are going to create a yellow world by assembling items of every colour in the rainbow, and encouraging them to retain as many of their original colours as possible. How is that ever going to work?
The integration concept is supposed to coalesce around everyone respecting ‘British values’, but these are ill-defined (where they are defined at all) and are in any case being either steadily undermined or openly trashed. How can you demand respect for values established by people of whose history you are clearly ashamed, and dare not even teach, other than as examples of how not to behave?
I can only conclude that the government is speaking with forked tongue in a desperate attempt either to justify or resolve the unworkable and steadily deteriorating mess it has been complicit in creating.