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People in the UK should stop being "bashful" about being British, the prime minister has urged.

 

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, David Cameron said the country should be "far more muscular" in promoting its values and institutions.

 

He repeated Education Secretary Michael Gove's call to promote "British values" in the classroom following the Trojan Horse claims in Birmingham schools.

 

This should include teaching children about the Magna Carta, Mr Cameron said.

 

Mr Cameron wrote that in recent years, the UK had send out a "worrying" message: "That if you don't want to believe in democracy, that's fine; that if equality isn't your bag, don't worry about it; that if you're completely intolerant of others, we will still tolerate you.

 

"This has not just led to division, it has also allowed extremism - of both the violent and non-violent kind - to flourish."

 

'Social responsibility'

Mr Gove has promised "decisive action" after Ofsted inspectors said that in several schools in Birmingham, governors had wielded "inappropriate influence".

 

Its report followed claims conservative Muslims had sought to influence the ethos and curriculum of schools in the city.

 

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid warned even a small number of people wielding their influence could have a "great impact".

 

"It's always a small minority that spoils it for everyone and although it's a small number they can have a great impact," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

 

"That's what we've seen in these schools - that's what we're potentially seeing with British people going over to fight in Syria, which I think is unacceptable."

 

Mr Javid said he supported the prime minister's plans to take "a more muscular attitude" to promoting British values in schools.

 

But he added that the "vast majority" of British Muslims were important parts of the community who played the same roles as others and had tolerance and respect for British values.

 

In the wake of Ofsted's findings, Mr Cameron said "British values" included: "A belief in freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, respecting and upholding the rule of law."

 

These were "as British as the Union Flag, as football, as fish and chips," he wrote in the newspaper article.

 

'Equality'

In 2015 it will be 800 years since King John signed the Magna Carta, the document which first established the king was subject to the law.

 

Mr Cameron said he wanted all pupils to take lessons on the charter to mark the anniversary.

 

"The remaining copies... may have faded," he wrote. "But its principles shine as brightly as ever, and they paved the way for the democracy, the equality, the respect and the laws that make Britain, Britain."

 

Mr Cameron said he also wanted "towns to commemorate it [and] for events to celebrate it."

 

 

I wonder if the supermarkets will now stop force feeding us Halal meat?......................I doubt it :-| .......

 

 

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Strange isn't it how these people are 'supposed' to be our 'leaders' yet in the majority of cases they are at least a couple of years behind public concerns............................Joe Public, not so long back, was called 'bigots' and 'racists' because of concerns over the massive influx of foreigners, the changing face of the fabric of society and the strains put upon the public services yet it is now of concern to 'main stream politics'. 

 

The old WW1 phrase 'lions led by donkeys' springs to mind.  Not intended in the same context obviously but it clearly illustrates how out of touch the 'leaders' are compared to the people who live amongst it.

 

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hi all, it's all that nigel's fault. if he hadn't put so much wind up the established political parties we wouldn't have to discuss things like immigration, the e.u., religious intolerance and brainwashing, etc. etc. i think he should be ashamed of himself. upsetting the applecart and gravy train. i got quite used to being called a bigot and racist until he came along. now everybody and his dog has seen a bandwagon to jump on. i don't know what this country is coming to.
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clifford60 - 2014-06-16 1:48 PM

 

hi all, it's all that nigel's fault. if he hadn't put so much wind up the established political parties we wouldn't have to discuss things like immigration, the e.u., religious intolerance and brainwashing, etc. etc. i think he should be ashamed of himself. upsetting the applecart and gravy train. i got quite used to being called a bigot and racist until he came along. now everybody and his dog has seen a bandwagon to jump on. i don't know what this country is coming to.

 

Your right Cliff *-)................dunno what the worlds coming to 8-)...............there was a time when being a bigot used to attract the attention of the loony left or John47 on here :D...................sadly that's no longer the case :-(

 

I think I'll go back to pulling the wings of butterfly's and revert to being a Tory again :D...............UKIP is just SOooo mainstream nowdays *-) ..................

 

 

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