Let me quote Myriam Francois-Cerrah, a writer and Muslim convert, who told Channel 4 News on Tuesday that she rejected calls by the Prime Minister and Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, for schools to promote British values. “In many ways, the problem is creating a hierarchy of cultures when you say you need to promote British values,” she objected. “What does that say to children in a classroom whose heritage harks from outside the British Isles? It says this country has superior moral values and you are coming from some backward culture whose values you … must not consider equal to our own.”
Funnily enough, that’s exactly what we are saying, Myriam. Spot on!
Allison Pearson offers her thoughts (using that word in its loosest possible sense) on the “Trojan horse” witch-hunt.
Having met not a few Muslims in my time, all I can say is I have found them culturally vastly superior to an obnoxious right-wing bigot like Pearson. The idea that I might share any culture with Pearson is frankly frightening.