Great to see notable news publications coming out in favor of Angela Merkel’s recent statement that the German foray into multiculturalism has been a disaster, a gross, abject failure. The more people begin to speak out against it, the more politicians will be willing to address it. KGS
Telegraph View: Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, was right to condemn multiculturalism as a failure.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has provoked heated controversy with her declaration that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have “utterly failed”. The “multikulti” concept, as the Germans call it, had led immigrants to believe that they need not integrate, learn the language or adopt the customs and practices of their new home. To some extent, the Germans have only themselves to blame, because they were less than welcoming to the millions of Turks and others who arrived under theGastarbeiter scheme to help build the post-war economic miracle. Many were given a right to reside but denied full German citizenship – excluding them from certain jobs such as teaching. Most of the immigrants have settled; but in the eyes of many, they have not made much of an effort to become Germans.
The same is true in this country, if not more so. British tolerance of other people’s ways, religions, cuisines, languages and dress has not always been matched by an equal willingness on the part of immigrants to subscribe to the value system of the host nation. That was principally the fault of the multiculturalist creed espoused by the Left, which encouraged different ethnic groups to do their own thing, meaning they became more estranged from mainstream society and from one another. In some parts of the country, this led to segregation and separation – the “parallel lives” identified by a report into the 2001 riots in several northern cities.