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Controversial Casey review, a big deflection!

Government-backed and promoted Casey review is a big deflection to divert attention from the failings like the following:

Education crisis where the education practitioners are taken for granted and therefore actively resent and challenge government’s interference in  what should be taught and how (e.g. the grammar schools) as well as they reject home office dictates like the ‘Prevent’ duty, collecting home office required information on parents and children, and teaching ‘integration’.
Big gaps in how NHS is funded and operated along with junior doctors and nurses unrest.

Austerity measures and benefit reforms adversely affecting vulnerable groups of people.

Prison crisis created by staff cuts, a rising jail population and increasing availability of drugs and government remedies not going far enough in tackling the problem as justice experts have warned.

A national ‘anti-hate crime campaign’ backed by the government in response to the rise in ‘hate’ crime after the EU referendum. The campaign fails to address why ‘hate crimes’ – for example, why the rise in Islamophobia where attacks on Muslim people, their property and female hijab are now regularly reported.

A society which is now full of fear, hate, scaremongering and racism as witnessed during the last London mayor election, EU campaign and US presidential election, up surge of far right, far right media and politicians - enough to radicalise far right attitudes which lead to random or organised ‘hate crimes’.

And then of course we have big Brexit mess.
The list of contradictions and deceptions can go on making the same point. 

Deflection by politicising, ‘integration’, ‘immigrants’ and no English speaking communities!

Government-backed Casey review which was strategically delayed by Downing Street for months, recommends a major new strategy to help bridge divides in UK towns and villages, with an “integration oath” to encourage immigrants to embrace British values, more focus on promoting the English language, encouraging social mixing among young people, and securing “women’s emancipation in communities where they are being held back by regressive cultural practices”.

The review was originally commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron in 2015 as part of a wider strategy to tackle the “poison” of Islamic extremism – so the review is more Muslim specific.

Another key recommendation of the review is that schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt the spread of racism and extremism.

While the review highlights variety of socio-cultural negativities, most prevalent in some Muslims, it lacks adequate focus on why things are as they are – for example, barriers to integration which many say are the dominant norms as well as the conflicts and contradiction within these norms.

The strategically appointed community secretary Sajid Javid immediately defended the widely disowned Casey review and said, “For too long, too many people in this country have been living parallel lives, refusing to integrate, and failing to embrace the shared values that make Britain great” giving examples from his own childhood like he accompanied his mother to GP for translation.

Mr Javid’s significance became obvious during the Commons debate on the Casey review on 6 December 2016 that he led, as his fellow Conservative MP for Kettering Philip Hollobone acknowledged:

“May I tell my hon Friend that this is his moment? His personal family experience and his sharp intellect mean that he is the right man in the right place at the right time. Dame Louise Casey tackles head-on the problems faced by thousands of Muslim women in this country, many of whom do not speak English, suffer misogyny and domestic violence at home, are oppressed by sharia law and have had their life chances diminished” - usual negativity.

Mr Javid now signals that every public office-holder may have to swear an oath of allegiance to British values. The loyalty pledge would be expected to cover elected officials, civil servants, and council workers.  He also wants all migrants to swear an oath of allegiance, not just those seeking UK citizenship.

As Mr Javid’s proposals and expectations lack substance and open up further conflicts and contradictions, it tends to strengthen the argument that the Casey review and whatever flows from it are no more than political tactics to deflect from the harsh realities and difficulties of Bexit, otherwise how could Mr Javid miss the following:

A lot of this British Values stuff is getting a bit ‘bigbrother’ like - anyway, what are the British values – do they include the principle of justice and truth e.g. social justice, addressing oppression,  resolving international conflicts through peaceful means - how to monitor the acquirement of British values - can these be enforced by law - integration is two way process, can it be enforced – if you don’t bring to your lips to what is in your heart, would all be okay - effectiveness of oaths and social legislation in reforming attitudes, for example, given that the decades old race relations and other anti-discriminatory laws could only occasionally deal with the effects but largely failed to change attitudes – concerns about not speaking English are specific to a small minority of diminishing age group in pockets of areas.19/12/2016