Oath of allegiance to British values would make migrants play positive role

first_img“These are the values we should live by, these are the values civil servants hold dear and against these values the Tories are falling woefully short.” Dame Louise’s report warned the country was becoming more divided as it became more diverse and highlighted that in some communities women were the subject of “abuse and unequal treatment of women enacted in the name of cultural or religious values”.In her report she acknowledged that elements would be “hard to read”, particularly for Muslim communities which already felt under pressure, but she said the country had to face up to “uncomfortable” problems.The review recommended that schoolchildren should be taught “British values” of tolerance, democracy and respect to help bind communities together amid growing “ethnic segregation”.The review was originally commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron in 2015 as part of a wider strategy to tackle the “poison” of Islamic extremism.It found that while Britain had benefited hugely from immigration and the increased ethnic and religious diversity it had brought, there had not been sufficient emphasis on integration. Demonstrators from Muslims Against Crusaders protest against democracy outside the US Embassy in London in 2011Credit:Eddie Mulholland /The Telegraph “We should be talking about the universal values that unite us, not using nationalistic terms that exclude people.”A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union declined to say if it would encourage civil servants also to take the oath.He said: “To us, British values mean investing in our communities and our public services to make society more cohesive and to support everyone who needs help.“They mean not pitting neighbour against neighbour, the young against the old, the sick and disabled against those in work.  Every public office-holder may have to swear an oath of allegiance to British values, Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, has signalled.The loyalty pledge would be expected to cover elected officials, civil servants, and council workers.However Labour frontbenchers attacked the idea and civil service trade unions declined to say if they would encourage their members to agree to the oath.Mr Javid’s proposal comes in response to a report on social cohesion by Dame Louise Casey, which warned some sections of society did not accept British values such as tolerance. He said he was “drawn” to Dame Louise’s recommendation to bring in an oath of allegiance for holders of public office because it was impossible for people to play a “positive role” in public life unless they accepted basic values like democracy and equality. Mr Javid said: “If we are going to challenge such attitudes, civic and political leaders have to lead by example. “We can’t expect new arrivals to embrace British values if those of us who are already here don’t do so ourselves, and such an oath would go a long way to making that happen.” Mr Javid said his aim was not to create a “government-approved one size fits all identity” where everybody listens to the Last Night of the Proms, but “without common building blocks of our society, you’ll struggle to play a positive role in British life”.  The oath could include phrases such as “tolerating the views of others even if you disagree with them”, as well as “believing in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from abuse … a belief in equality, democracy, and the democratic process” and “respect for the law, even if you think the law is an ass”. Mr Javid also wants all migrants to swear an oath of allegiance, not just those seeking UK citizenship,he told The Sunday Times.Former chancellor George Osborne hailed the idea as a “great initiative”, and ex-culture secretary John Whittingdale also said he supported the oath. But Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the move would not combat radicalisation. She told Sky News: “I have nothing against it in principle, but it will not make a difference to the problems of radicalisation, or integration. “I don’t think the oath will make any verifiable difference.” Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick said: “Forcing public servants to swear an oath to British values would be both superficial and divisive.  Dame Louise CaseyCredit:Geoff Pughcenter_img Demonstrators from Muslims Against Crusaders protest against democracy outside the US Embassy in London in 2011 We need more effort to be put into integration policies to help communities cope with the pace and scale of immigration and population change in recent yearsDame Louise Casey Dame Louise Casey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Charlie Gard doctor denies financial link to experimental treatment

first_imgCharlie Gard’s parents have ended their fight to take him abroad for treatmentCredit:PA  His comment comes one day after GOSH told a court hearing it was disappointed to find the professor had some financial interest in the treatment suggested for Charlie. In his first public statement since their decision, Dr Hirano said on Tuesday: “I became involved in Charlie’s case when I was contacted by his parents, and I subsequently agreed to speak with his doctors to discuss whether an experimental therapy being developed in my lab could provide meaningful clinical improvement in Charlie’s condition.”As I disclosed in court on July 13, I have relinquished and have no financial interest in the treatment being developed for Charlie’s condition.”Unfortunately, a MRI scan of Charlie’s muscle tissue conducted in the past week has revealed that it is very unlikely that he would benefit from this treatment.” Charlie is being cared for at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:PA  The statement added: “Further, GOSH was concerned to hear the professor state, for the first time, whilst in the witness box, that he retains a financial interest in some of the NBT compounds he proposed prescribing for Charlie.”Devastatingly, the information obtained since 13 July gives no cause for optimism.”Rather, it confirms that whilst NBT may well assist others in the future, it cannot and could not have assisted Charlie.” Charlie Gardcenter_img Charlie Gard and parents In its positioning statement, the hospital submitted that Dr Hirano contacted it in December last year about NBT (nucleoside treatment) and at the beginning of this month said he had new information.It expressed concerns over his July 13 evidence to court that at this time he had not examined Charlie, read his latest medical records, or the opinions of experts who had seen him. The American doctor at the heart of legal arguments over Charlie Gard has denied having any financial interest in the experimental treatment considered for the baby.Dr Michio Hirano, professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, travelled to London last week to examine the youngster. He also discussed the case with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) doctors.On Monday, Charlie’s mother Connie Yates and father Chris Gard abandoned attempts to persuade a judge to let him travel to America for experimental treatment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more