"It was foolish to think we could integrate so many people from different cultures in so little time"


Telegraph: 18th March 2024: Ben Habib writes about DEI and culture wars 

"Successive British governments, Labour and Tory, have spoken out against racism while passing regulations which have only served to embed it... Tony Blair did not seem to care for our nation state. He preferred governance from unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats both here and in Brussels. It suited his brand of left-wing politics for EU nations to lose their values and identity...

...Arguably a bigger problem was the lack of will and inclination to culturally integrate those coming to the UK. And so “multi-culturalism” was born. This didn’t create a “melting pot”, but rather led to the celebration of discrete new cultures running parallel to and isolated from the British one.

Some 5 million foreigners have been given visas to the UK since 2019 – that is 8 per cent of our population. This drastic increase coincided with, or was perhaps the trigger for, the rise of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion regulations. And these new rules and guidelines have, perhaps unintentionally, given rise to progressive discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, sexual preferences and/ or gender identity...

DEI is now practised by virtually every institution, government department, public service, educational establishment and business. The Armed Forces’ spending on diversity and inclusion personnel has doubled to nearly £2 million... DEI is not just a “culture war” issue. With meritocracy playing second fiddle to positive discrimination, our economy and institutions are threatened. The country itself is threatened. 

It is surely hard to deny that DEI is becoming a Trojan horse for the hard-Left to promote ideologies designed to destroy the idea of the nation state.