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Asked what the Prime Minister thought about the idea of a Britishness day, the PMOS said that if reporters looked at what the kernel of the Prime Minister’s approach to this issue had been in a series of speeches, it was that on the one hand, we should pursue integrating people into the community at large while at the same time recognising diversity. Therefore these are ideas put forward as part of that debate and therefore what the Prime Minister does is welcome the debate. Asked if the Prime Minister saw anything new in the debate, such as every home having a flag outside as in America the PMOS said what was happening was a move from the general principle to specific proposals and what is right and proper is that there should be a debate. Asked if the Prime Minister would be taking part in the debate, the PMOS it was up to the Prime Minister to decide.

Put to the PMOS that the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday did not have the usual section about how good it was that we all had shared British values that were good for everybody and everyone shared a common value while retaining the right for our own faiths, the PMOS said that the fact that the reporter had so succinctly put forward the Prime Minister’s views perhaps suggested that the Prime Minister had got his message across.

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