- Dame Louise Casey said Britons must stand up for traditional values
- Said council officials were worried about being called 'racist' if they did so
- She cited one example where a 'well meaning white manager' at a community centre had put up a 'festive tree' to avoid causing offence
- Said upholding British cultures will help integration and defeat extremism
Celebrating Christmas is under threat unless Britons stand up for traditional values in the face of political correctness, the government's integration tsar has warned.
Dame Louise Casey said some council officials were worried about being called 'racist' if they promoted core British values.
She cited one example where a community centre she visited had put up a 'festive tree' because the 'incredibly well-meaning white manager' did not want to cause offence by using the word Christmas.
She said: 'What offence did he think he was causing? What did we ever think would be offensive about celebrating Christmas with a tree?'
Dame Louise Casey said some council officials were worried about being called 'racist' if they promoted core British values
Casey was asked in 2015 by former prime minister David Cameron to lead a comprehensive review into boosting integration to 'bring Britain together as one nation'.
Her study is expected to be published within weeks and will hammer home the importance of upholding British cultures within ethnic communities across the UK.
This, in turn, will help integration and defeat the 'hate-mongers' from the far-right and Islamic extremists, she said at a recent meeting of council leaders.
Casey cited an example where a 'well-meaning white manager' had put a 'festive tree' to avoid using the word 'Christmas'
Casey, who chaired the Government's troubled families unit and led an investigation into social services in Rotherham - where Asian sex gangs had abused as many as 1,600 children - said a desperation to avoid being labelled as racist meant councillors turned a blind eye to the appalling abuse for 16 years.
She said: 'The council and police were in denial about what was happening in their town. That was a tragic failure, not least for the victims.
'We need to be bolder in not just celebrating our history, heritage and culture, but standing up for our democratically decided-upon laws of the land and standing up to those that undermine them', she added.
Her comments will come as a blow to public figures – particularly under New Labour – who championed multiculturalism, the Left-wing doctrine which encourages migrants to keep their own traditions rather than integrate into British ways.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she added: 'It is not racist to say the pace and rate of immigration has created a lot of change in Britain and for some people that feels too much.
'Or that when a large number of people from a different ethnic or religious background suddenly move into an area that it can be unsettling for those already resident there; or that when a school has a large religious minority population, it can change its character quite quickly.
'Not talking about this and the issues that arise from it only creates more tensions.'