Conservative Party leader David Cameron spoke of his aspiration of social cohesion in Britain yesterday. The impression that Britain sometimes lacks the necessary harmony to provide a cohesive society was articulated fervently, with the hope of such unity being idealised. Cameron openly encouraged Britain to humbly maintain and enhance cohesion, particularly with relation to British Muslims. “Alienation”, “disillusionment”, and the “ambiguity” between faith and nation, he said, were plaguing the nation, and disabling a frequently shared ambition.
As the US, places in the forefront of its mind, the prospect of a post-Bush America, and the UK contemplates the return of a Conservative government, a differing relationship waits to be forged between the two countries. Cameron’s speech insinuated huge implications of the cohesion held by Britain and America, a strengthened relationship, and the need to enhance it further. He made it clear, that if Britain’s aspiration was its own social cohesion, then it had to look towards America for advice, principle and a sense of pride. Cameron asks us to:
"Think of America. Of course America is not perfect. But it does succeed in creating, to an extent far more evident that we have achieved here, a real sense of common identity - about what it means to be an American. Freedom. Family. Opportunity and community."