Finally someone on the left gets it about immigration, though naturally couches it in terms that excuse their actions as a mistake rather than a deliberate malevolent act.
Mail. (Usual Caveats)
Among Left-leaning ‘Hampstead’ liberals like me, there has long been what you might call a ‘discrimination assumption’ when it comes to the highly charged issue of immigration.
Our instinctive reaction has been that Britain is a relentlessly racist country bent on thwarting the lives of ethnic minorities, that the only decent policy is to throw open our doors to all and that those with doubts about how we run our multi-racial society are guilty of prejudice.
And that view — echoed in Whitehall, Westminster and town halls around the country — has been the prevailing ideology, setting the tone for the immigration debate.
It led to the point and scream method of debate.
Talk about immigration = point and scream racist.
Talk about non integration = point and scream bigot.
Talk about anything the left are uncomfortable about = point and scream.
Over 18 months of touring the country to talk to people about their lives for a new book, I have discovered minority Britons thriving more than many liberals suppose possible. But I also saw the mess of division and conflict we have got ourselves into in other places.
I am now convinced that public opinion is right and Britain has had too much immigration too quickly.
For 30 years, the Left has blinded itself with sentiment about diversity. But we got it wrong.
I still believe that large-scale immigration has made Britain livelier and more dynamic than it would otherwise have been. I believe, too, that this country is significantly less racist than it once was.
Clearly he didn’t talk to many in high immigrant areas otherwise he’d have discovered racism is alive and well, the only people less ‘racist’ are the majority white society. Nor did all the left blind itself with sentiments about diversity, many of them knew exactly what they were doing, the Frankfurt school agenda was very clear on this.
One of the liberal elite’s myths is that we are a ‘mongrel nation’ that has always experienced high inflows of outsiders. But this isn’t true. From 1066 until 1950, immigration was almost non-existent (excluding Ireland) — a quarter of a million at the most, mainly Huguenots and Jews.
The truth would have made no difference to you, point and scream, remember?
Much of this happened by accident. When the 1948 Nationality Act was passed — giving all citizens of the Empire and Commonwealth the right to live and work in Britain — it was not expected that the ordinary people of poor former colonies would arrive in their hundreds of thousands.
Nor was it expected after 1997 that a combination of quite small decisions would lead to 1.5 million East Europeans arriving, about half to settle. But come they did, and a net immigration of around four million foreign-born citizens since 1997 has produced easily the most dramatic demographic revolution in British history.
1948? Labour government? Explains a lot.
The east Europeans aren’t really a problem other than their criminal gangs. A lot of them have settled and started marrying into the indigenous culture, same with Hindu Indians and the Chinese settlers, that an area that’s more or less working out ok.
But it has also resulted in too many areas in which ethnic minorities lead almost segregated lives — notably in the northern ‘mill towns’ and other declining industrial regions, which in the Sixties and Seventies attracted one of the most clannish minorities of modern times, rural Kashmiri Pakistanis.
Strangely enough, it’s the rural Kashmiri males who have now been arrested in their hundreds for the current grooming scandal, though the MSM seem more interested in Savile, can’t think why.
The problem with mass immigration is that, without integration, it damages the internal solidarity of a country such as ours.
Something ordinary people said for years only to be faced with the point and scream method of debate.
No, mass uncontrolled immigration wasn’t a mistake, it was deliberate and it isn’t the liberal intelligentsia who paid the price, well not yet. But it’s coming, hence the apologies now begin…
Read the whole article, it’s quite cringe inducing, but shows a glimpse of how they really think.