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Britain's ethnic minority communities might be given new names in an effort to strengthen their ties to this country.
Home Office minister Hazel Blears is to ask minority communities whether they would prefer to be known by US-style terms such as Pakistani-British, rather than simply 'Asians'.
The idea is one of a set of proposals to be floated at meetings that Ms Blears is holding around the country to discuss how to steer young Muslims away from radicalism.
In an interview with The Times, Ms Blears - appointed head of a new Government commission on integrating minorities by Prime Minister Tony Blair - said: "In America, they do seem to have the idea that you're an Italian-American or you're an Irish-American, and that's quite interesting.
"I am going to talk to people and ask how does that feel? It is about your identity and I think it's really important."
She added: "I think it's really important, if you want a society that is really welded together, there are certain things that unite us because you are British, but you can be a bit different too."
Muslim groups responded with caution to Ms Blears' idea, while Conservatives branded it "fatuous".
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: "What of the second generations? Why should they be defined as other than British?
"These forms of identity based on ethnic background have been tried in the past and have failed."
Shadow home affairs spokesman Edward Garnier said: "I've got a growing number of Asian British people in my constituency. They think of themselves as British. They don't need a Government minister to tell them how to describe themselves."
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Source :: http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...404785,00.html
All sping, window dressing, classic New Labour fudge.
Well that's how i see it.
What will any of this solve?
Will this make any of those which this is targeting in the immigrant population's, feel or appreciate what it means to be British and English/Welsh/Scottish/N Irish e.t.c.? As well as all that goes along with that? Hmm...
What do you think should be done?