Integration or disintegration
For many years, the UK has struggled with this concept, so any elected Mayor can’t afford to ignore the ties that bind and/or divide our communities, given our diversity here in Manchester. We need a firm policy, particularly in our schools, if we’re to build a positive future for our city.
The direction in which I’d like to take the city means every community would have a part to play. But first, I need to clearly define where I stand so there are no grey areas if I’m successful in the upcoming ballot. To do this, I’ll quote two academics, Ray Honeyford (RH), a man who was sold down the river by the Thatcher government in 1985 and Ibn Warraq (IW), a man who wrote arguably the bravest academic book ever written, Their words have influenced my own views on how societies should base themselves significantly.
'Racism is an evil thing, and those that practise it damage not only the victims but themselves. Individuals, groups and regimes that preach the doctrine of racial discrimination cannot be defended. They pollute the moral climate, and create discord and conflict where there should be understanding and harmony. That any person should be judged by the colour of his or her skin is an outrage, and any social society that permits this stands condemned by all those with any claim to decent moral instincts.
At the same time I am convinced that the proper moral indignation caused by racism is being exploited for political purposes by those in our society who preach and practise the theories of “anti- racism”. By projecting the moral issue as a simple choice between being a racist or anti-racist, the anti-racists not only deliberately oversimplify, they also deny the possibility of a third choice – that of the non-racist. This is the position I occupy. Rightly or wrongly, I believe that this is the position of the great majority of my fellow- countrymen.'
From the position of a non-racist, it’s possible to challenge the political doctrine of the well-intended idea of multiculturalism which has, in many areas, led to deep divisions in the UK – with Manchester being a prime example.
'Multiculturalism is based on some fundamental misconceptions. There is the erroneous and sentimental belief that all cultures, deep down, have the same values; or if these values are different, they are equally worthy of respect. Multiculturalism, being the child of relativism, is incapable of criticising cultures, of making cross-cultural judgements. The truth is that not all cultures have the same values and not all values are worthy of respect. There is nothing sacrosanct about customs or cultural traditions – they can change under criticism.
‘After all, the secularist values of the West are not much more than two hundred years old. Respect for other cultures, for values other than our own, is a hallmark of a civilised attitude. But if these values are destructive of our own cherished values, are we not justified in fighting them by intellectual means, that is, by reason, argument, criticism and legal means, by making sure that the laws and constitution of the country are respected by all? It becomes a duty to defend those values that we would live by.'
Every community has a duty to play a part in making the city we all share world-class. In short, the aim of my policy is to create a non-racist monoculture where there’s no discrimination, based on the fact that we’re all Mancunian and all work in the interests of what’s best for Manchester. Freedom of speech, thought, enquiry and expression have won many battles here in Manchester so the concept of freedom is non negotiable.
With regards the LGBTQ community we need to get to a position of equilibrium where people can finally live the life they were born into with peace and without fear or discrimination.
There is still much work to do here with many of our local communities here in Manchester.