Tuesday, 17 November 2009
A Shared and Better Future (2)
In 1966 Roy Jenkins, as United Kingdom Home Secretary, established cultural pluralism as government policy. He described his new approach as 'integration', which he defined 'not as a flattening process of assimilation but as equal opportunity, coupled with cultural diversity, in an atmosphere of mutual tolerance'. he three core elements of his policy were equity, diversity and mutual tolerance.
Today we promote a 'shared and better future' in Northern Ireland and the three core principles are equity, diversity and interdependence. It seem fairly obvious that this is a development of the former policy, with mutual tolerance giving way to interdependence, which is something stronger than just mutual tolerance.
Can anyone detail the steps by which the thinking has moved forward over the past forty years?
Posted by Nelson McCausland MLA at 08:41