‘ The noisy announcement of its demise is itself a political gesture, an act of wishful thinking. It is aimed at abolishing any ambition towards plurality and at consolidating the growing sense that it is now illegitimate to believe that multiculture can and should be orchestrated by government in the public interest’.
… Muslim immigrants bring with them cultural practices and even dress codes that are totally different to our Irish way of doing things. So where do we draw the line between respecting their traditions and asking them to adapt to ours? We don’t have to look very far to see that the consequences of getting this wrong could be disastrous. For 50 years the rest of Europe has followed the social policy known as ‘multiculturalism’, which basically means allowing separate religious communities to develop independently alongside that of their hosts. Today the evidence is overwhelming that this policy has failed. Because the countries made little or no effort to integrate their new citizens (sic), they created ghettos that became breeding grounds for violent extremists. In recent years we’ve seen the long-term results in the shape of race riots in France, the assassination of the controversial politician Pim Fortuyn in the Netherlands and the 7/7 bombings by British Muslims in London…Ireland doesn’t have these problems – yet ( The Evening Herald 28 May 2008).
There is a growing propensity in the popular mood in Europe to blame all the socioeconomic ills resulting from capitalist readjustments…on immigrants who lack ‘our’ moral and cultural values, simply because they are there…immigrants and refugees…who seek shelter in the wealthy North, have all over Western Europe come to be regarded as undesirable, threatening strangers, aliens