In view of the somewhat unhelpful stance taken by the Daily Telegraph, Dominic Grieve MP, the Attorney General, has issued the following statement which clarifies his comments made over the weekend:
"I am very clear that integration between ethnic communities in the United Kingdom has worked well and has delivered great benefits for all of us. This is a point I clearly made in my interview with the Telegraph, and I'm disappointed that this has not been reflected in their front page story.
The point I was making is that, as a law officer, it's my duty to ensure the rule of law is upheld, and one of the issues that I feel requires close attention is any potential for a rise in corruption to undermine civil society. I believe this is an issue which needs to be addressed calmly and rationally.
I am absolutely clear that this problem is not attributable to any one community, as I know very well from my many years promoting community cohesion."