MP’s COLUMN: Curry dish shows how tolerance has worked

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I read with interest MP John Hayes’ comments about multiculturalism.

Britain has a proud tradition of taking the best of all cultures of the people that make their homes here and moving with the times.

From the invading Vikings and Normans to the influence of the Empire and beyond.

Mr Hayes himself, I know, enjoys a good curry. Perhaps the fact this staple takeaway comes second only to the good old fish and chips in the nation’s hearts should serve as a simple motif to show him how tolerance has worked, especially when such constructs are taken out of the hands of politicians.

As for GK Chesterton, one wonders if his comment: “The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.” applies, in Mr Hayes’ eyes ,to the recent politics of New Labour followed by his coalition government.

Eric Lewis