Sunday, August 20, 2006

Most Encouraging Article of the Week?

It's by Labour MP Shahid Malik in the Sunday Times:

"...Last Tuesday, after a 90-minute meeting with John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, to discuss the challenges of extremism and foreign policy, I emerged and was immediately asked by the media whether I agreed that what British Muslims needed were Islamic holidays and sharia (Islamic law). I thought I had walked into some parallel universe.....
...The call for special public holidays for Muslims was unnecessary, impracticable and divisive. Most employers already allow their staff to take such days out of their annual leave. And what about special holidays for Sikhs, Hindus, Jews? If we amended our laws to accommodate all such requests, then all the king’s horses and all the king’s men wouldn’t be able to put our workplaces and communities back together again....
...I believe that as a Muslim there is no better place to live than Britain....

Meanwhile the Sunday Times has an opinion poll with the headline "Public wants much harsher immigration policy".Actually, the figures are rather more liberal than I expected.

* Those surveyed are split almost evenly as to whether "Immigration is Generally Good for Britain". (Lib Dem supporters are most likely to support this statement).

* Although 63 percent say that immigration laws should be much tougher, only 1 percent want to ban immigration altogether.

* On average, people want a limit set on imigration each year - but the mean figure they'd accept is about 1,024,000 - which seems absurdly high!

.. and by the way, Ming 's personal rating has gone up by 2 percent.

1 comment:

Praguetory said...

The slant is absolutely de rigueur/not exceptional amongst most work/social groups I have been party to. Does he really deserve a slap on the back? Actions speak louder than words. Khalid Mahmood is the only Muslim MP I respect.

The parallel universe stuff was a direct appeal to his white vote. He's the one living in a parallel universe if he hasn't heard this type of nonsense from the Muslim community.

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