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Five questions for Britain

Politicians are in flight from the hard questions revealed by the census

By Philip Collins   February 2013


“Nothing done by government has changed the nation more than loosening immigration relations”: a 2008 citizenship ceremony in London (© Getty Images)

On 19th April 2001, the foreign secretary Robin Cook gave an address on national identity to the Social Market Foundation that has always since been known as “the chicken tikka masala” speech. Cook had chosen a vivid metaphor for a familiar multicultural theme: when cultures collide, the mixture can produce something different from both and superior to either. In this case, the desire of the people of Glasgow…

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