Prescriptive multiculturalism is patronising at best; pernicious at worst. It assumes that immigrants are so different that we are unable to, or unwilling to integrate into our host country. It assumes that immigrants are so different that we must stay different. It assumes that my primary identity is my cultural identity and I would like to have it that way.
Facebook has only friends and no enemies. Real life has friends and enemies. If you belong to the Facebook generation and know only “friends” in the virtual world who “like” you, you can never imagine “enemies” in the real world who “hate” you. In real life there are enemies who want to kill you.
Merkel knows that her problem is worthy of the mind of Machiavelli in a mitre. So like the Queen of Sheba she makes a pilgrimage to York to observe the wisdom and wizardry of King Justin “Solomon” Welby at the July 2016 session of General Synod.
While watching Izzard on David Dimbleby’s Question Time I was struck by the similarities between the archbishop and the archcomedian. Both Justin and Eddie are leftwing evangelists preaching the gospel of Remain.
What’s on the menu when bishops gather for a Brexit breakfast at Lambeth Palace following Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union? Egg on face. Mitres in sanctimonious sermon sauce. Burnt reputations on French toast. Honeyed Brussels rhetorical waffle.