On Thursday, 9th May 2013, there will be a national debate held in the House of Commons in order to discuss a controversial issue: multiculturalism, which has not only had a huge impact on the immigrant population but on all citizens living in the UK. The event is organised by The Prisma newspaper and hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP.
The event titled, “Multiculturalism in the UK: Has it any future?” is organised by The Prisma newspaper to discuss this issue and its effects on all United Kingdom citizens and residents.
There will be several well- known panellists who will be speaking at this debate and sharing their ideas on the matter and how it is viewed in today’s society. These speakers are well- known for their varying positions on multiculturalism in the UK, which will allow for a balanced view of the topic.
At the beginning of the debate (hosted by Jeremy Corbyn MP), within the first half hour, the sides will speak their opinions on the topic and, afterwards, there will be a question and answer session that attendees and the press will be able to participate in.
This is because the public, the selected audience, will play a key role in this debate: opinions will be listened, their participation will be active. The Media will ensure that all views are heard.
The Prisma – The Multicultural Newspaper has decided to bring together a mix of opinions on the subject, especially after seeing the effects of Prime Minister David Cameron’s statement from February 2011 that multiculturalism had failed in the UK. The newspaper has also witnessed the growing notion that has been placed against immigrants, who are now blamed for violence and taking jobs away from UK citizens.
Some people believe that it is an immigrant’s responsibility to integrate and assimilate into the national culture of the country that he or she lives in, and that the blame for inequality, discrimination and racism falls on multiculturalism. In some cases, immigrants are expected to completely drop all aspects of their culture in order to adopt the culture of their country of residence. However, this view is not shared by all.
London has already been labelled one of the most multicultural cities in the world due to its mix of foreigners from all over the world, and British culture today has definitely been affected by outside sources. It is possible for there to be a coexistence of cultures and ethnicities that are joined underneath the same flag.
Just by listening to the variety of languages spoken by passers-by while on busy streets or seeing the mix of ethnic foods that are for sale while walking through a market, it is made clear that diversity and differences have contributed greatly to the society of the UK and has made it what it is today.
The debate will take place on Thursday 9th May 2013 in the House of Commons, from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm.