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Celebrating Multiculturalism

“We have,” the imam explained, “plans for a new Islamic Cultural Centre and Mosque on this derelict land.” The mayor examined the plans thoughtfully. “It should be all right,” he said, “I don’t think there’s anything of archaeological significance there.” The borough archaeologist had explained to him that the emphasis of archaeology had changed recently. British history was being de-emphasised in favour of the celebration of multiculturalism. The old plans of the area, along with a lot of other obsolete records, had been burnt some time ago in a major clean-out of the borough archives. The mayor could dimly remember…

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