This is fascinating. You can read the full text of the speech
and find much to disagree with, but it`s still a great leap forward.
Blair: Paying religious groups is a mistakeBy Philip Johnston, December 8, 2006Tony Blair formally declared Britain`s multiculturalist experiment over today as he told immigrants they had "a duty" to integrate with the mainstream of society.
Tony Blair today
`No culture or religion supercedes our duty to be part of the UK`In a speech that overturned more than three decades of Labour support for the idea, he set out a series of requirements that were now expected from ethnic minority groups if they wished to call themselves British.These included "equality of respect" - especially better treatment of women by Muslim men - allegiance to the rule of law and a command of English. If outsiders wishing to settle in Britain were not prepared to conform to the virtues of tolerance then they should stay away.He added: "Conform to it; or don`t come here. We don`t want the hate-mongers, whatever their race, religion or creed.
No apologies to Enoch Powell
these problems, though.