The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration

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In The British Dream, David Goodhart tells the story of post-war immigration and charts a course for its future. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with people from all over the country and a wealth of statistical evidence, he paints a striking picture of how Britain has been transformed by immigration and examines the progress of its ethnic minorities—projected to be around 25 per cent of the population by the early 2020s. Britain today is a more open society for minorities than ever before, but it is also a more fragmented one. Goodhart argues that an overzealous multiculturalism has exacerbated this problem by reinforcing difference instead of promoting a common life. The multi-ethnic success of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics and a taste for chicken tikka masala are not, he suggests, sufficient to forge common bonds; Britain needs a political culture of integration. Goodhart concludes that if Britain is to avoid a narrowing of the public realm and sharply segregated cities, as in many parts of the US, its politicians and opinion leaders must do two things. Firstly, as advocated by the center right, they need to bring immigration down to more moderate and sustainable levels. Secondly, as advocated by the center left, they need to shape a progressive national story about openness and opportunity—one that captures how people of different traditions are coming together to make the British dream.

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David Goodhart is the director of the think tank DEMOS, and the editor-at-large of Prospect Magazine, which he founded in 1995. He was previously a senior correspondent for the Financial Times.

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"Finally: a European liberal who isn't afraid of his own shadow and a British intellectual who isn't allergic to evidence... No intelligent person can afford not to read this book." -- Trevor Phillips, former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

"Like a latter-day George Orwell, David Goodhart penetrates the fog of delusion and wishful thinking surrounding the issues of race, immigration, multiculturalism and national identity. Goodhart has written a hard-headed but also an optimistic book." --Frank Field, MP

"You won't agree with everything he says, but he has made himself the starting point for a vital debate at the centre of British and European politics." --Michael Ignatieff, Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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