Muslims in France also are much less distinguishable from the rest of the population by their mode of dress than is the case with their counterparts in Britain. In the Muslim areas in France, you may notice something different about the people, but you do not think, as increasingly you do in Britain, that the population of the North-West Frontier has moved en masse to the inner cities or suburbs. And this greater cultural assimilation is true notwithstanding the fact that Muslim areas in France, unlike those in Britain, are as physically separate from many of the towns and cities as the black townships were from the white cities of South Africa. There is another major difference between the Muslim areas of France and Britain, however: this time, to Britain’s advantage. The relative ease of starting a business in Britain by comparison with heavily regulated France means that small businesses dominate Britain’s Muslim neighborhoods, whereas there are none in the banlieues of France—unless you count open drug dealing as a business.Yet the UK's liberal economics, while detested by the left, have enabled immigrants to succeed economically :
In France, the children of Muslim immigrants may not be as alienated from mainstream culture as are those in Britain; but the inflexibility of the French labor market results in a long-term unemployment that embitters them. In Britain, by contrast, relative economic success has not led to cultural integration: so you have riots in France and terrorism in Britain.
while remaining culturally separate :
The British notion that economic opportunity without a shared culture will result in a flourishing society is whistling in the wind; while the French idea that it is enough to teach Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity while obstructing the possibility of real economic advancement is asking for trouble.
Of course, the separation may not matter if not integration, but colonisation, is the outcome :
Migration figures for the country as a whole—emigration and immigration—suggest that its population is undergoing swift replacement. Many of the newcomers are from Pakistan, India, and Africa; others are from Eastern Europe and China. If present trends continue, experts predict, in 20 years’ time, between a quarter and a third of the British population will have been born outside it, and at least a fifth of the native population will have emigrated. Britain has always had immigrants—from the French Huguenots after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes to Germans fleeing Prussian repression, from Jews escaping czarist oppression to Italian prisoners of war who stayed on after World War II—and absorbed them. But never so many, or so quickly.Which brings me to this, from Birmingham :
Ah yes - the Danegeld theory of crime again. Spend enough money on them, and they won't be criminals. And the idea that you can improve levels of happiness or intelligence by spending cash on social workers ... remember, Brum is not Labour-controlled - it's a Con-Lib Dem coalition. But it's this bit - remember Birmingham is Britain's second city :
More than £40 million is to be spent on ensuring a "brighter future" for Birmingham's growing population of children and young adults.
The city is looking to provide greater investment in support for children at an early age and in preventative work to reduce the number of young people getting into trouble or developing more complex needs later on.
The initiative which goes before councillors on the cabinet procurement committee on Wednesday, aims to transform services for young people and families across the city.The proposal to invest £41.7 million in redesigning children's services follows the approval of a Brighter Futures strategy earlier this year, developed by all agencies working with children in the city.
Outcomes were agreed around the areas of physical health, behaviour, emotional health, social skills, numeracy and literacy, and preparation for adulthood.
Coun Lawrence added: "If we can get these things right then our youngsters will achieve high standards in school which will prepare them for adult life.
"We have agreed on the most important aims for our children, such as being happy, intelligent, healthy, sociable and skilled for employment.
"The idea is to invest heavily now in order to reduce demand for services later."
37% under 25 ! There really will be no need for integration at this rate, any more than a modern arrival in Australia needs to integrate to Aboriginal culture.
This is in anticipation of future pressures resulting from Birmingham's population already being the youngest of any major European city.
Already some 37 per cent of the city's population is under 25 and the average age is continuing to fall. The number of under 19 year olds is expected to reach almost 300,000 within the next decade.
Coun Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: "We want Birmingham to be the best place for children to grow up in. That means thinking ahead and not being afraid of some radical changes."