Forget ‘communities’ – talk directly to citizens
The Conservative party has commissioned a report about national security. One of the findings is that the Government is wrong to communicate with people from ethnic minorities as though they were members of groups rather than individual citizens.
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The NSS has been saying this for years. The Blair Government created these group categories – mostly based on religion – to define whole swathes of the population. But the huge numbers who didn’t want to define themselves in this way were left without a voice.
Imagine if the Government only communicated with you via your local vicar? Or accepted what he or she told them about your opinions? It might seem ridiculous, but this is what’s been happening with people from ethnic minorities, especially Muslims. It’s about time that the Government realised that this is denying British citizens their democratic rights.