“Few think tanks have been as associated with the Cameron project as Policy Exchange. Its alumni are dotted in various positions around government, with a particularly strong presence in Downing Street. So, it is interesting that Policy Exchange’s director Dean Godson has today announced that he has hired David Goodhart, the former editor of Prospect and the author of The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War immigration, to head a new Integration Hub at the think tank. Goodhart’s arrival is a reflection of how much questions of immigration and integration are now preoccupying the centre-right.
“This new unit will be launched on 25 January at an event with Louise Casey, the civil servant who is leading the government’s efforts to accelerate the integration of various minority groups. With Number 10 eager for policies to counter ghettoisation, expect this new unit’s work to be closely followed by those who matter in Whitehall.”