AS I HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINED COMMON SENSE IS QUITE UNCOMMON THESE DAYS ESPECIALLY IN HIGH POLITICAL ECHELONS.
I HAVE ALREADY MAINTAINED THAT IF YOU PERPETRATE INJUSTICE IN THE NAME OF WAR OR OTHERWISE & FAIL TO ADDESS SETTLED DISADVANTAGE IN OWN COUNTRY – THE RESULT IS OBVIOUS – EITHER FLIGHT OR FIGHT BY THOSE IN THE BOTTOM DISADVANTAGED, DIS-AFFECTED, ALIENATED, LEFT-BEHIND, HIH RISK GROUPS.
ONE DOES NOT NEED EXPERTS OF ANY KIND MUSLIM OR OTHERWISE TO ADVISE THE GOVT OF THE BLATANTLY OBVIOUS FACT. SINCE I HAVE DISSEMINATED MY VIEW AS EARLY AS 5 DEC 2004 TO JOHN PRESCOTT (DEPUTY PRIME MNISTER) & CO WITH REGARD TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMMENT OF MILTON KEYNES – THE IDEA OF "EQUALITIES, SOCIAL INCLUSION, SOCIAL MOBILITY, COMMUNITY COHESION & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES." IS NATIONALLY AND UNIVERSALLY APPLICABLE. THE EXTRACT FROM THAT PAPER STATES:
At the IPPR (Institute of Public Policy & Research) Seminar 7 July 04 on New Challenges for Race Equality & Community Cohesion in the 21st Century – Keynote speaker David Blunkett (respondent Prof The Lord Bhikhu Parekh) – research by learned respondents in Ethnic Pluralism & Social Cohesion indicates that (i) Immigration has not undermined national integrity (ii) Some immigrant groups have progressed well, others not (iii) Labour market integration has been unwisely downplayed (iv) Discrimination persists & thus affects social trust (v) High risk, alienated, left behind groups are the priority (vi) Building common glue is vital but so is the need to avoid overly prescriptive, threatening answers. Promoting solidarity depends on underlying (in)equality in a three-way triangular relationship thus solidarity r equality s diversity. Thus building greater & more explicit cohesion across ethnic lines depends on (i) understanding recent history (ii) learning the lessons of how economic integration has worked abroad and (iii) systematically tackling settled disadvantage.
Thus the knowledge not only of community planning and development but also of community engagement approaches must muse over this vision – there can be no community development & planning for it without community cohesion based on social trust. There can be no social trust and social capital without equality and removing discrimination. Thus there can be no sustainability without social inclusion and community engagement with empowerment in deciding Community Strategy and approaches.
On 13/7/05 I wrote to John Prescott, Deputy PM: Preventative vision and strategy – the best way to tackle high risk, left-behind, alienated groups – home-grown British bombers – pointing him to this year’s general election Hustings, in which I submitted my address in writing to Kate Stephens, Head of Political Liaison, The Open University, dated the 26 April 2005 thus:
"If you’ve had a chance to visit my website, please see my vision (second entry) of how the multi-ethnic Britain (especially the future MK during its intended expansion for the next 30 years) can be at ease with its rich diversity and within itself? or My paper titled "Joint Question to ODPM, Milton Keynes Partnership Committee and Health & Social Care Partners of MKSM Project and the respective Central Government Colleagues on "EQUALITIES, SOCIAL INCLUSION, SOCIAL MOBILITY, COMMUNITY COHESION & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.
The Deputy PM’s Community Plan has completely missed Community Cohesion as a critical issue within it. I am arguing that where there is no injustice, unfairness &/or inequality – there can be no strife, dissatisfaction, disappointment, disaffection, complaint or grievance.
In order for Britain to effectively manage and address the internal risks of communal violence and (putting it bluntly) threats of terrorism from left behind groups, it has to pay heed to my assertions in the third paragraph (last page) that Discrimination persists & thus affects social trust. It is pasted below for ease of reference."
Given that I felt valued being included and being encouraged by, none other than, Sir Bob Reid to contribute in the recent MK2031 (invitation only) Seminar 10 June 2005 organised by the English Partnership, it is my fervent hope that all the stakeholders and especially the power-brokers, both in Central Government as well as Local Government, will pay due heed to my visionary (and given the recent atrocities, I so detest using the word ‘predictive’) paper?
On 20/7/05 this is what Ken Livingstone said:
Livingstone, who earned the nickname "Red Ken" for his left-wing views, won widespread praise for a defiant response which helped unite London after the bombings. But he has revived his reputation for courting controversy in recent days.
Asked on Wednesday what he thought had motivated the four suspected suicide bombers, Livingstone cited Western policy in the Middle East and early American backing for Osama bin Laden.
"A lot of young people see the double standards, they see what happens in (U.S. detention camp) Guantanamo Bay, and they just think that there isn’t a just foreign policy," he said.
DOES THAT MAKE ME AN EXPERT??? HINDU OR MUSLIM???
ONE DOES NOT NEED THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS OF THIS DIVERSE SOCIETY TO DISPENSE ADVICE TO ANY GOVT HOW BEST TO BEHAVE AND TREAT ITS DIVERSE DIASPORA. THEY ARE BETTER LEFT CURRYING FAVOURS IN THE AREAS BEST SUITED TO THEIR FIELD AND SPHERE OF INFLUENCE. ENTHUSING, ENGAGING, INFLUENCING, PERSUADING & STIRRING THE WIDER COMMUNITY IS NOT THEIR FORTE.
EMPATHETIC & EFFECTIVE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS AN ACHIEVEMENT WORTH ASPIRING FOR & WORTH INSPIRING OTHERS TO FOLLOW & WORTH BEQUEATHING NOT ONLY TO YOUR CHILDREN BUT ALSO TO THE WHOLE WIDER COMMUNITY & THE WORLD.
IT IS THE ONLY LEGACY WORTH LEAVING.
ONCE AGAIN I REFER YOU TO MY APRIL 2005 ARCHIVE – MY JOINT QUESTION TO ODPM & OTHERS 5 DEC 2004 – My vision – how multi-ethnic Britain can be at ease with itself.