Multikulti, the concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it has utterly failed. We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity, that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.The Jews have got it absolutely right. I mean, when was the last time you saw a synagogue? They exist of course, but discreetly tucked away, not in your face. And most successful Jews are as English as English can be. Jews have learned that integration is the way out of the shtetl. In return, our culture has absorbed and adopted as its own many facets of Jewish culture, becoming enriched in the process.
The Islamic challenge to our western belief system may even be prompting the development of a third Enlightenment here in Europe, in which Christianity becomes less a religion than a cultural reference point, not a matter of faith but a matter of identity. The young can already wear the cross of Christ as costume jewellery without a hint of self-consciousness, and in the anecdote about a shop assistant's question - "Do you want a plain one or one with a little man on it?" - may lay the future.