A weekend round-up taking you into the heady worlds of sport, politics, religion and crime:

One of The Birmingham Post’s sports writers appears to have stirred things up on both sides of the Atlantic with a blog criticising the behaviour of US players and fans at the recent Ryder Cup.

He’s not very complimentary about the winning US team or its supporters and has not surprisingly been accused of sour grapes in a string of comments – according to a Twitter update by one of the Post’s team, the piece is the most controversial on the newspaper’s blog so far.

For what its worth I didn’t see much difference in the behaviour of US players or fans. It seemed pretty much the same as it has been for the last decade and more.

The only time there’s been such criticism about it on this side of the Atlantic is when the Americans have actually managed to win the Ryder Cup.

At least the Post’s profile has been raised beyond the Midlands.

The same is true of Birmingham itself, as it prepares to play host to the Conservative’s annual conference.

The Tories have apparently been wooing local bloggers in the run-up to the conference.

It will be interesting to read the various takes on the conference, I’m assuming they’ll give much more of a Birmingham slant on proceedings than most of the coverage.

Whether Birmingham does really benefit from staging the Tory back-slapping – I’m not sure the city of Manchester got a lot out of hosting Labour last week – remains to be seen. The other big unanswered question is whether Tory leader David Cameron can offer some substance to the style.

On the eve of the conference, the Tories’ shadow home secretary has suggested multiculturalism has left the UK with a “terrible legacy”.

Dominic Grieve claims “long-term inhabitants” have been left fearful, while second and third generation immigrants have felt alienated and unsure what British values stand for. He also warns against downplaying Britain’s Christian heritage.

I’m still struggling to recognise this multicultural society so many people talk about.

We undoubtedly have pockets of different cultures, but rarely (if ever) do they interact in any meaningful or positive way. There is little (if any) integration of many of these cultures into whatever constitutes mainstream society.

I would love to live in a truly multicultural UK, but we are a long way from achieving such a situation and are unlikely to do so if Mr Grieve and his colleagues have their way.

And it seems even man’s best friend is turning ugly in modern Britain.

Our cities, towns and villages are becoming over-run with rough-looking pooches. These mean-looking mutts don’t just bark the bark, they walk the walk too and are becoming involved in organised crime.

Rather than a faithful, loyal and wet-nosed pet, dogs today are regarded as a lethal weapon and part of the criminal fraternity.

It official, the country is going to the dogs.

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2 responses »

  1. One of the difficulties with the term multiculturalism is that there’s little agreement about what it means.

    I think personally that you exaggerate the extent to which people are separated today, but surely what you are describing is a multitude of distinct cultures? What you are hoping for is a diverse and open British culture which we all share in, ie not multiculturalism, it seems to me.

  2. Paul Groves says:

    JW: I guess that’s my point, really. No-one really knows what multi-culturalism is, yet so many people feel happy enough to quote the term, make judgements, pronouncements and comments. So can Mr Grieve talk about a terrible legacy, when we don’t really know what modern Britain actually means?

    Also, I beg to differ about exaggerating the separation – I tend to think we are more disunited in terms of everything from religion, class (whatever that is) culture, wealth etc, than we have been for many years.

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