The New Worker
The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 11th February 2011
PRIME MINISTER David Cameron last weekend proclaimed that “state multiculturalism has failed” and that Britain needs a “stronger national identity” and a tougher stance against “groups promoting Islamic extremism”.
This blatant playing of the race card was made from a security conference in Munich, Germany and timed to coincide with a mass rally of the extremist anti-Islamic English Defence League in Luton last Saturday. The EDL has its roots within the neo-Nazi extreme right in Britain and Cameron’s message from Munich can only be seen as a nod of approval from the Con-Dem government, which is now desperate for any diversion from the effects of its devastating cuts — no matter how dirty.
Clearly Cameron hopes that the working people of Britain, who are all suffering or about to suffer from the cuts, will forget that he and his henchmen are the cause and fall upon each other and in particular upon the Muslim community in this country.
He underlined his efforts to demonise this community by withdrawing what little aid they get for their various cultural and welfare projects — but that is happening across the board to all community cultural and welfare services. Cameron just made a point of it to emphasise his anti-Islam stance.
He was also echoing a speech made by his host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, last year, in which she also declared that multiculturalism in Germany was not working and that immigrants should integrate culturally. But it is unlikely to work; playing the race card did not help his predecessor Michael Howard, who led the Tories to electoral defeat in the 2005 general election.
Cameron proposed greater scrutiny of some Muslim groups which get public money but do little to tackle extremism. And he said that Ministers should refuse to share platforms or engage with such groups, which should be denied access to public funds and barred from spreading their message in universities and prisons.
“Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism,” the prime minister said.
The truth is that the entire working class in Britain — which encompasses a staggering variety of cultures and ethnicities — is under attack by Cameron and his cabinet of millionaires.
The proposed cuts will lead directly to around 90 per cent of people in this country — all but the very rich — taking a real cut in their standard of living. All of us now face an uncertain future and the further down the income scale we are, the more we are in danger.
Many thousands face a bigger change in their lives that can be likened to falling off a cliff — those who are going to lose their jobs, their benefits and/or their homes.
And all the welfare safety nets are being removed — as are all the usual civilised bourgeois democratic means of seeking redress for our grievances, like legal aid, citizens’ advice offices, tribunals, the equalities commission, counselling, debt advice and so on.
Most working class people jog along doing the best we can, imagining that our jobs and homes are going to be much the same as they are now for the foreseeable future. We can put up with a lot of unfairness and seek redress through the proper channels, through negotiation, all very civilised and polite.
Now when we suffer injustices and hardship we will have nowhere to take our grievances and our anger except on to the streets — but we will not be alone there; there will be a big crowd of us there.
This Government is pulling the rug out from under our feet; most of us are going to be hit to some extent but many, who are now leading ordinary quiet lives, will end up crashing into utter destitution and misery through no fault of their own.
We must act and act together; we must defend each other and stand strong; we must not allow different groups of workers to be singled out for demonisation. An injury to one is an injury to all — that includes workers of all faiths, black, white, brown, mixed race, old, young, middle-aged men, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, wherever we were born.
Cameron will not divert us into fighting each other and his efforts to impose a fake British nationalism based on bullying other nationalities are pathetic.