Cameron and Colonialism

In a ‘pot calls the kettle black’ moment, David Cameron on the record last week levelled accusations of colonialism against the Argentinians. In a statement made at a briefing session on the future security of the Falkland Islands he is reported to have said: "What the Argentinians have been saying recently, I would argue, is actually far more like colonialism because these people want to remain British and the Argentinians want them to do something else’’

Aside from the fact that it was colonialist Britain that waged war, under Thatcher, in order to retain its control over the South American Falkland Islands in the 1980s, many of us will recall Cameron’s muscular liberalism speech a few months ago. In this he called upon British Muslims to integrate and adopt British values. Ironically, Cameron now staunchly defends the rights of British immigrants to the Falkland Islands, to remain segregated from the local community.

If Cameron believes that his demands of British Muslims were fair, then he should expect that Brits overseas also be forced to ‘integrate’ with their host cultures. Or perhaps Cameron wants us to believe that British values are superior to all other values and that other cultures and traditions are somehow inherently backwards by comparison. Put together Cameron’s words should deeply trouble the British public. As Cameron edges closer and closer to fascism through rhetoric, Britain may want to reflect upon what exactly its values are and where its leaders are taking it - Justice and tolerance seeming increasingly elusive under the Tory government.