The report by the British think-tank Royal United Services Institute says there's a loss of confidence in Britain's identity and values. The British government rejects the findings. (So in the report you say we look like a soft touch. What does that mean?) the UK has a long history of building a society as a melting pot. But recently we have had problems with the majority groups relate to immigrants, notably of Islamic extraction and particularly coming from Pakistan. The mistake is to believe it is more humane to allow people to continue to live in a bubble than to cause them to integrate into the wider society. This is a big difference between us and the Danes and the Americans. We've been arguing that this mistake is one aspect of the fractured sense of community that we have in Britain today. there's no clear consensus of what our principle values are or which constitutional principles to preserve. (Here's one lawmaker's voice who himself arrived in the UK at the age of 14). This is a Britain I cannot imagine. This report does not look at our country to see the benefits of multiculturalism. (The lawmaker has a reasonable argument there.) Well naturally we are ethnically diverse and the way we integrate different groups and have done is not about success. Multiculturalism is the problem we have in the way we have related to recent generations of Islamic groups. The difficulty in Britain today is that particularly the government has been in our view insufficiently careful the duty of maintaining adequate defense in the country. (You draw a comparison between Britain now and Britain in the years before WWI. Describe Britain in those years.) it's an easy comparison in the nature of the strategic situation. There were divisions in society about what the threat was that we faced, equally also an under provision of security. Most importantly there was a deep sense of premonition that something awful was around the corner. And we have a sense of that today. 9/11 may well be as psychologically affecting.
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