Enter Mr.Johnny Come Lately.
It couldn’t be any more obvious. After being amazingly quiet for years on the need for British (Western) values to take precedence over failed ”multiculturalism”, Cameron wants everyone to believe that he and the Tories (presently led by faux conservatives) has ”suddenly seen the light”. No one is going to buy it David.
Be more British Cameron tells UK Muslims: PM issues powerful new pledge to combat extremism
- He plans to use 800th anniversary of Magna Carta to reassert British values
- Prime Minister said it is time to stop being ‘squeamish about Britishness’
- He said refusing to accept British laws and the way of life is ‘not an option’
Muslim clerics in the UK who inflame terrorism by denouncing free speech, equality and democracy will be opposed in a ‘muscular’ new defence of ‘British values’, David Cameron has pledged.
In a powerful intervention clearly aimed mainly at ‘preachers of hate’, the Prime Minister says the failure to stand up to such firebrands has ‘allowed extremism – both the violent and non-violent kind – to flourish’.
He plans to use the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – 12 months from today – to reassert British values in a ‘Magna Carta for Modern Britain.’
It is time to stop being ‘squeamish about Britishness’ and tell everyone who lives here that refusing to accept British laws and the British way of life is ‘not an option’, Mr Cameron argues.
The Prime Minister will emphasise the commitment by insisting that Magna Carta becomes part of the school curriculum.
Downing Street stressed the Prime Minister’s comments, which come in an article in today’s Mail on Sunday, are aimed at all sections of the community, not just Muslims. However, they appear to signal a key change in the stance of successive recent governments, Tory and Labour, on this sensitive issue.
They have faced claims that some unrepresentative ethnic minority leaders have been given free rein to promote extremist views – and trample on UK laws and rights on democracy, women’s equality, religious freedom and tolerance.
Mr Cameron’s initiative is a direct response to the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal of Islamist extremists who infiltrated state schools.
School inspectors said that at some Muslim-dominated schools in Birmingham, pupils were taught that white women were ‘prostitutes’, boys and girls were segregated, Christmas events were scrapped, tombolas were banned as ‘non-Islamic’ and children in biology lessons were told that evolution was untrue.
The dispute convinced Mr Cameron that it was time to lead a fightback on behalf of British values.