EVERY so often the Herald seems to have a ‘multicultural fit’ with several references to it scattered about in the one issue.
This happened with the March 23 edition. Every public event that is mooted seems to have to include a multicultural component.
It is as though there is a fear of celebrating without qualification our own culture with all the diversity within it – something which is not apparent in other countries.
Consequently, Stella McCartney feels the need to hold back on designing sports clothes for the Olympics home team that are unashamedly British.
There can be no question of the Union Flag being represented in all its glory; all colours must be diluted.
And, by heaven, the one thing we do well in Britain is dilution of our own culture.
Not for us the embarrassment of celebrating all the richness of English history, countryside, scientific endeavour, engineering, music, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema.
It is reminiscent of British Airways years ago dispensing with the Flag on its tailpieces in favour of representations of the rest of the world’s cultures.
Only when Mrs Thatcher gave the project short shrift did BA revert to previous policy.
Long before the Eastbourne Cultural Communities Network came along to make a meal of it, and shouted loudly enough to win more than a third of a million quid of public money in the process, the town had a history of Italians, Portuguese and Greek Cypriots in its midst without a fuss being made.
Yet there is a need to embrace ‘multiculturalism’, a notion long since abandoned as a good idea by such as Dr John Sentamu, Michael Nazir Ali or even the great one who looks sagely down on all these matters, Mr Trevor Phillips.
The pursuit of multiculturalism has been a grave mistake, to the extent of some disastrous results, as even the surprising bravery of the National Theatre is currently testifying with its production of ‘Can We Talk About This?’
A final thought by way of comparison.
There are now recognised to be in our society a significant number of homosexual people, of which I am one, together with bisexuals, transgenders and transsexuals.
But we don’t make a point of calling ourselves ‘a multisexual society’ – that is unless Polly Toynbee, Ken Livingstone, and perhaps the Herald editor are working on it as we speak.