Be more British, Cameron tells UK Muslims
“Sometimes in this country we can be a bit squeamish about our achievements, even bashful about our Britishness"
British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on a new defense of “British values,” urging Muslims in the UK to be more British, according to the Mail on Sunday.
Cameron said the failure to stand up to hate preachers in the UK has “allowed extremism – both the violent and non-violent kind – to flourish.”
In an opinion piece published in the Mail on Sunday, Cameron announced plans to use the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta – 12 months from today – to reassert British values in a “Magna Carta for Modern Britain.”
Cameron wrote: “Sometimes in this country we can be a bit squeamish about our achievements, even bashful about our Britishness. We shouldn’t be."
According to the Mail, the Prime Minister’s office stressed that his comments were 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,” the newspaper reported.
Cameron’s remarks came after the UK’s top school inspector last week found that a culture of “fear and intimidation” exists in some British schools due to an alleged Islamist extremist plot, citing faith and gender segregation and a misuse of funds.
A government investigation, launched after an anonymous letter reported a campaign dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse,” found evidence of a drive to impose Muslim cultural norms in some schools in the central city of Birmingham, said Michael Wilshaw, head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate.
The investigation heard from some headteachers that the campaign, whose organizers were not named, aimed to alter the “character and ethos” of their schools by appointing members to school boards and staff who wanted to favour Muslim values.
“Some of our findings are deeply worrying, and in some ways quite shocking,” said Wilshaw, according to Reuters. “In the most serious cases, a culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip.”
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