The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles gave a speech recently on Britishness.
Mr Pickles noted that the challenges to British values come from different places:
"Here in Britain tolerance, decency and respect for others are embedded deep within our psyche. Our warmth and hospitality, our willingness to welcome other views and embrace other ways of life are what has made Britain a beacon of hope around the world. Now a few voices from the fringes try and challenge those values:
- Whether Islamist preachers of hate peddling a twisted and distorted version of a peaceful faith
- Or whether malicious trouble makers on the far left - a rent-a-mob only interested in stirring up trouble
- Or those on the far-right who try and claim that being a Muslim and being British are incompatible
Each in their own way attempting to corrode and destroy from within with lies, aggression and violence.
These purveyors of hatred are anti-British.