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Tony's "Tolerance"

chicago dyke's picture

I'm feeling stoopid. Someone align the following for me:

Tony Blair yesterday told radical Muslims that they had a "duty to integrate" into British society and warned them they could not be allowed to override what he described as the country's core values of democracy, tolerance and respect for the law. "Our tolerance is part of what makes Britain, Britain. Conform to it; or don't come here. We don't want the hate-mongers, whatever their race, religion or creed," Mr Blair said.

and yet:

Mr Blair offered his most explicit support yet of attempts to limit the wearing of the Muslim veil in public and said ethnic and religious groups who want grants from the state would have to show they were promoting cohesion and integration.

Really. I don't grok this. "Tolerance" in my dictionary:

tolerance |ˈtäl(ə)rəns| noun 1 the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with : the tolerance of corruption | an advocate of religious tolerance.

I guess I'm just not British enough. Or something. Didn't you folks invent Shakespeare? You've got to find a leader with better command of the language than this one. I know why I'm ashamed of my leadership, but I expect better from the Mother Country.

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