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The Britishness of the London bombers brings a shocking new urgency to our recent debates on immigration and integration. What the events surely demonstrate are the limits of the laissez-faire multiculturalism that characterised minority politics at the time the bombers were growing up. As Aatish Taseer argues inside, if you offer your new citizens no clear sense of the country they are joining, and their welcome place in it, do not be surprised if they shift their allegiance somewhere else—especially if they are Muslims at a time of upheaval in the Muslim world.

Thanks to David Blunkett, Trevor Phillips and…

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