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Race and reality

No one should be compelled to join an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of multi-ethnic Britain

By Ashish Bhatt   May 2000

As history this book is fine, but it says nothing that has not been said before. As cultural commentary it has been said better (mostly by the people quoted liberally throughout the book). As a blueprint, it does not address the concerns of the generation for which it claims to speak. The younger generation of non-white Britons does not need to rebrand or reinvent itself. Those who do not survey the landscape from the comfort of established institutions have no need to “Imagine the New Britain.” We are too busy living it.

The book is full of grand pronouncements. The…

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