Chris Shannahan asks does Louise Casey’s report represent a great leap forward on the debate on diversity and integration, or a missed opportunity?
SULEMAN NAGDI: The Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) Leicester has been the largest Muslim voluntary association in the city for the last twenty-five years. In this short article, Suleman Nagdi, the FMO’s longstanding PR officer, offers his thoughts on the role played by Black Minority Ethnic (BME) people and organisations in the city and outlines what he sees as the city’s main strengths.
CLAIRE DWYER: Faith schools are consistently opposed on the grounds that they inhibit social cohesion and accentuate existing social inequalities. Yet while some have been forced to amend their admissions criteria, others have found novel ways of addressing concerns about social segregation.
JONATHAN CHAPLIN: Successive UK governments have been working to engage with faith communities on issues of ‘integration’ for over a decade. But the coalition replicates familiar ambiguities at the heart of government thinking about ‘faith’ and ‘multiculturalism’.
JAN DOBBERNACK AND DEREK MCGHEE: David Cameron‘s rhetoric, like that of his predecessors, has emphasised the need to build shared values and strengthen Britain’s collective identity. But his approach to toleration risks fostering social conflict and ceding ground to the far-right.