On Monday night, Channel 4 screened a documentary entitled Proud and Prejudiced. The show aimed at portraying the two forms of extremism: 'right-wing' extremism and 'Islamist' extremism. Such extremism is currently a threat to British National Security and has been dominating the media in Britain.
Today I was delighted to launch the long awaited Integration Strategy "Creating the Conditions" - the Coalition's blueprint for improving community cohesion and developing neighbourhoods and communities across the country. Last summer's riots gave a severe jolt to any thought that social alienation was a thing of the past.
The pace of life in 21st century Britain and indeed elsewhere in the world has become too fast and furious, beating to the drum of globalisation. Traditional communities are crumbling and relations with our neighbours are all-too-often reduced to a curt nod.