Belonging in One NationBy Jon Yates
The first ‘One Nation’ politician was a
of course a Tory. Writing in 1845,Benjamin Disraeli described two nations where there should be one.
[The Queen] rules over two nations [the rich and the poor]; between whomthere
… is no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts,and feelings, as if they were … i
nhabitants of different planets
Disraeli’s writing –
though of a different political hue
makes one point clear.That if one area is home turf for a
party, it is integration. Forwhat is integration if not
the vital task of making ‘One N
out of many?But what should a modern day
One Nation' integration policy look like?What is clear is that w
hether we’re looking at ethnicity, class or age, the UK
has an integration problem. And it is a problem that impacts some of ourmost critical policy challenges:
Social mobility: Relationships and networks are key to social mobility.However, half of our poorest children are educated together in just 20%of our schools.
Unemployment: 80% of jobs are never advertised but passed throughword of mouth. However half of unemployed Brits spend most of theirtime with others who are out of work.
Social Care: Loneliness makes the elderly more likely to suffer mentaland physical illness. However, 5 million senior citizens are sodisconnected from society that they describe the television as theirmain companion.
Security: Having a friend of different faiths makes you less susceptibleto extremism. However only 12% of non-Muslims have a Muslim friend.This lack of integration is not just serious
it is also obvious when we startlooking. We can see it when we visit our schools, we can see it when we walkround our neighbourhoods, we can see it when we look at our friends. For too