Society damaged by Labour's politically correct policies on multiculturalism
Society is being damaged by Labour's politically correct policy of multiculturalism and the fear of causing offence, according to a Dominic Grieve.
Mr Grieve, the Shadow Justice Secretary, claims the regulation of private opinions and public debate have left people unable to say what they think is right or wrong.
He believes Britain is suffering an "identity breakdown" after a decade in which the Government has destroyed respect for the country's history and culture.
And he warns that the failure to discuss multiculturalism by mainstream political groups has been exploited by the far-right British National Party, which is now taking council seats across the country.
His comments come a week after Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, said people must be free to discuss contentious issues without fear of "over-reaction".
But speaking at the Lord Smith of Clifton Lecture at Queen Mary, University of London, Mr Grieve said: "In fact if she is serious, she is heralding a U-turn on 12 years of Labour policy.
"A decade of ranking people as members of neatly categorised ethnic, religious or social groups, rather than treating everyone as an individual in their own right."