Ms. Kuranaga on Flying Doctor Service and Medical Services
Ms. Minamide on Multiculturalism
Some comments on the presentations:
What is the difference between “multicultural society” and “multiculturalism“? What does “-ism” mean? Multicultural society is a state of affairs or an actual situation; multiculturalism is a government or state policy.
“unintended consequences“. Human history has many examples of unintended consequences. The introduction of the rabbit into Australia is one example. The original settlers who brought rabbits with them to hunt and eat never thought that the rabbits would become such a huge problem in the future. The introduction of the mongoose in Okinawa is another example.
Here are some key points from a recent article in a British newspaper (The Daily Mail) in which journalist Melanie Phillips argues that multiculturalism has been a deliberate policy of the British government to destroy the British identity.
In its 1997 election manifesto, Labour [Tony Blair‘s government] promised ‘firm control over immigration’
a landmark speech in September 2000 by the then immigration minister, Barbara Roche, … called for a loosening of immigration controls
For years, …the number of immigrants to Britain shot up apparently uncontrollably
the purpose of the policy … was to open up the UK to mass immigration
Some 2.3 million migrants have been added to the population since 2001. Since 1997, the number of work permits has quadrupled to 120,000 a year.
Unless policies change, over the next 25 years some seven million more will be added to Britain’s population, a rate of growth three times as fast as took place in the Eighties.
The Government’s ‘driving political purpose’, wrote Neather, was ‘to make the UK truly multicultural’.
Melanie Phillips writes: “It was therefore a politically motivated attempt by ministers to transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. It was done to destroy the right of the British people to live in a society defined by a common history, religion, law, language and traditions. It was done to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another ‘multicultural’ identity in its place. And it was done without telling or asking the British people whether they wanted their country and their culture to be transformed in this way.”