Conference paper

This paper is about a speech that David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party, gave at the 47th Munich Security Conference in Germany in February 2011.

The Munich Conference is an annual event at which political leaders from around the globe gather to discuss policy on security.

Cameron began by saying, ‘Today I want to focus my remarks on terrorism’ and ended (more or less) with these words: ‘At stake are not just lives, it is our way of life.’ In between, he launched an attack on ‘the doctrine of state multiculturalism’. As befits a head of government, this was a serious speech about weighty matters of state, however Klug argues that Cameron's attack on multiculturalism expressed a deep sense of insecurity.

Dr Brian Klug is a Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in philosophy at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford. He is also an honorary fellow at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton and Associate Editor of Patterns of Prejudice. This paper was presented at the Cultural Studies Association of Australia Annual Conference 2011 ‘Cultural ReOrientations and Comparative Colonialities’, hosted by the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 22–24 November 2011.

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