The other day I decided to spend the afternoon working in a nice little coffee shop in Didsbury village. This coffee shop is usually buzzing with mummies and babies meeting over brunch, friends catching up over drinks and business meetings happening over coffee.
I was in Birmingham last Wednesday when Adrian Elms (aka Khalid Masood) drove onto Westminster Bridge in London and intentionally ploughed into pedestrians before forcing his way through the gates of the Palace of Westminster fatally stabbing a policeman before being shot dead.
At the recent reception for Christian leaders at 10 Downing Street, Theresa May went further than David Cameron by saying: ‘We should celebrate the role of Christianity in our country’. All indicators are that the Prime Minister has a faith that’s personal, open and committed.
I have a friend and a fellow youth leader who is due to go on her year abroad to China this coming September. In preparation, she had to choose three universities as her choices and she found out earlier this week which university she got accepted into.
Each year the Cabinet Office invites a selection of leaders in a variety of faith groups to Downing Street where the PM thanks them for their national contribution. When my turn came I nearly ended up holding baby Florence – David Cameron’s youngest daughter – while he mingled.
Analysts have concluded that the notion of ‘multi-culturalism’ led to Britain looking more like a ‘community of communities’. Since then the government was still getting to grips with the routine levels of immigration when emergency migration to Europe began.
The major political agenda in Britain is that Muslims simply “have to” integrate; popular opinion is that Muslims “can’t” integrate; the media narrative is that Muslims “don’t want to” integrate. The recent BBC2 reality documentary ‘Muslims like us’ spoke into this conversation.