Multiculturalism has not failed here in Hackney. Afro-Caribbean, African, Indian, Irish, Vietnamese, Jewish and Turkish men and women all live side by side. We enjoy the best of each other’s culture. It is that multicultural mix that has made London a world city. The segregation that Cameron deplores is a response to racism. In too many northern cities, a fear of racist attack (and tacit racism by housing departments and estate agents) has led to de facto segregation.
But attacking multiculturalism is blaming the victim. I guess Cameron launched his attack partly as “red meat” for the restive Tory grassroots and partly as a courtesy to Angela Merkel (who beats the anti-foreigner drum). If this is the effect that being in Germany has on him, the sooner Cameron gets back to multicultural Notting Hill, the better