I'm a month late getting to it, but am more than happy to draw attention belatedly to this tidy post about multi-culturalism by the dependable Rob Berkeley.
If like me you've been suspicious as to why people of influence have been trying to put the boot into multiculturalism, it's worth a read. Or even if you haven't. As he notes, the term simply means
'the existence and recognition of different identities in a shared political space within a framework of human rights.'
Ah, maybe that's why our leaders don't like it? Doh, it's about power, innit. Berkeley notes:
'Mr Cameron may find that policies that:
• Remove the poor from housing in affluent areas;
• Deter students from poorer backgrounds from entering university;
• Create constituencies that disenfranchise the third of black and Asian people not on the electoral register;
• Increase youth unemployment (which is already double that of white communities for Pakistani youth); or
• Increase tension between black and Asian young people and the police
…do not help in creating meaningful or positive contact between people from different backgrounds. Similarly, a patchy commitment to human rights, whether votes for prisoners, detention of children and the suggestion last week from Policy Exchange that we withdraw from the European Convention, cannot help in establishing what core values we expect from each other and our relationship with the state.'