Via the Brothers Judd, this silliness:
THE Government is proposing to rename ethnic minority groups along US lines in an attempt to strengthen and highlight their British roots.
Minorities could be described as, for example “Asian-British” rather than simply as “Asian” under proposals being considered by Hazel Blears, the Home Office Minister.
The plan to adopt the American practice of identifying ethnic heritage will be controversial with some British ethnic minorities likely to claim that it is racist. The idea was condemned as fatuous and retrograde by critics last night.
Ms Blears’s idea, outlined in an interview with The Times, would introduce “double-barrelled” nationality as a way of giving people pride in both their ethnic background and their Britishness.
“In America they do seem to have this idea that you are Italian-American, or Irish-American,” she said. “We don’t do that here.”
As OJ notes, “Why not go us one better and call them British?” I am sure Jeff Goldstein will have some trenchant remarks regarding this ‘idea.’
Wow. This is what is classically refered to as “dumb” and “a total waste of time and political capital”.