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Posted on 08/29/2006 6:45:59 PM PDT by blam
Migrants changing Britain, says race chief
By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor
Immigration to Britain today is fundamentally different from previous settlements because it is changing the composition of the nation, the head of the Commission for Racial Equality said last night.
Trevor Phillips, who provoked controversy last year by challenging the concept of multiculturalism and saying that Britain was "sleepwalking to segregation", said the social significance of the current wave of immigration was being overlooked.
More young people were arriving to compete for jobs with settled workers and a growing number of incomers were setting up their own institutions, such as churches, shops and media outlets.
Also, high levels of emigration by British nationals, at a time of record immigration, were having an impact on the make-up of the country.
''The result is that, though the total population numbers may not rise hugely, the composition of the population changes," Mr Phillips said in a speech to the Royal Geographical Society, in London.
He said that while the white ethnic population had fallen over the past 20 years there had been a 96 per cent increase in the number of ethnic minority Britons.
"We desperately need immigrants to sustain our workforce," he said. "But in this new world of more rapid and more diverse immigration, coupled with an unprecedented threat to global security, we cannot continue to pretend that there are no costs faced by our changing communities."
Mr Phillips also sought to puncture some of the publicity around the Notting Hill Carnival, held at the weekend, which one newspaper said exemplified "the triumph of multiculturalism".
''I don't think so," he said. ''Though it's a fabulous party, carnival can hardly be said to represent the everyday culture of most of London's communities. It is largely about a celebration of the historic culture with which I grew up in the Caribbean. We wouldn't, frankly, think of participation in a day's Morris dancing or caber-tossing as a valuable exercise in building a modern multicultural society."
Mr Phillips added: ''We must not confuse genuine experience of a multicultural community with what is, in effect, domestic tourism." He rejected the idea of profiling passengers to try to weed out potential terrorists.
"Since Muslims, like Christians, come in all shapes and colours, I can't for the life of me see how religious or racial profiling will deal with so-called Islamic terrorism."
Discussions on multiculturalism were often the equivalent of shadow boxing, he said. ''I wish that these people would just call a spade a spade - and yes, I do use that phrase advisedly - and tell us what they really want."
No s--t, Shirlock!!
"''I wish that these people would just call a spade a spade - and yes, I do use that phrase advisedly - and tell us what they really want.""
Remember the saying "There will always be an England?"
It's beginning to look like that's wrong. Englandistan, maybe...
---I can't for the life of me see how religious or racial profiling will deal with so-called Islamic terrorism.---
So-called Islamic terrorism?
Ya think? Darwin Alert
Multiculturalism is the poisoned apple that the Left provided and that the West stupidly consumed.
No, there will always be an England. The question is, who will be in charge?
No, there will always be an England but what language will they be speaking?
No, there will always be an England in what direction will they be praying?
No, there will always be an England, at least in memory.
...and the barbarians are already inside our gates. ...and at our neighbour's gates, as well:
Terror Strike Toronto ( Aborted! )-- Click the picture:
Not to mention this other little problem:
For "Thunder on the Border," click the picture:
There doesn't appear to be any way back from here.
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