Unmaking England (but think of all the great restaurants!)

When in 1941 George Orwell—social conservative, Little Englander, intellectual cosmopolitan—hopefully envisioned an English socialist revolution, he assured his readers (and himself) that such a mere political event, like all such past convulsions, would prove no more than a surface disturbance. Yes, England’s class system would dissolve; yes, the nation’s economy and social relations would change radically as authority and privilege was wrested from the figurative “irresponsible uncles and bed-ridden aunts” who held the levers of power—England, after all, was “a family with the wrong members in control”—and yes, accents might even alter. England, however, would “still be England, an everlasting animal stretching into the future and the past, and, like all living things, having the power to change out of recognition and yet remain the same.”

The (New Labour) government never systematically laid out its rationale for pursuing this radical policy. It emerged from a convoluted set of ideologies, shibboleths, slogans, and aspirations that celebrated the dynamism of global capitalism and that rejected what was regarded as a stultified and insular traditional British culture. Although rooted in an economic vision, the policy derived its energy and appeal from its cultural, even aesthetic aspirations: “diversity,” “inclusiveness,” and “vibrancy” were its watchwords. (Robin) Cook’s “Chicken Tikka Masala Speech” was New Labour’s most famous pronouncement of its vision of this policy, a feat of social engineering designed to forge a new national identity by means of“the changing ethnic composition of the British people themselves.” In a fit of consumerist enthusiasm, Cook disdained the former “homogeneity of British identity,” dismissed older Britons who clung to that antiquated and stodgy identity, extolled the ways mass immigration had “broadened” lifestyles, and enthused over the prospect of a pulsating and ever-changing “immigrant society” that would continue “enriching our culture and cuisine.”

…Over the last 18 years, about twice as many immigrants have settled in Britain as had done so in the 49 years (1948-97) that constituted the first wave of mass immigration. About 80 percent of these have come from outside the EU, the greatest number from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Nigeria.

…Since 2001, Britain’s visible minority population has nearly doubled

…The visible minority population is projected to rise to about 38 percent by mid-century and to over 50 percent by 2070, which will make Britain by far the most ethnically diverse country in the West.

…Andrew Norfolk, the self-described liberal London Times investigative reporter who methodically uncovered the Rotherham sexual grooming scandal, concludes that “It is possible for a Muslim child to grow up—in the family home, at school and in the mosque and madrassa—without coming into any contact with Western lifestyles, opinions or values.”

…37 percent (of British Muslims) believe British Jews are “a legitimate target as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in the Middle East”; that 46 percent believe British Jews “are in league with the Freemasons to control the media and politics”; that 68 percent want the prosecution of British citizens who “insult” Islam; that 28 percent hope Britain will become a fundamentalist Islamic state… And as the Muslim population becomes more established in Britain, these attitudes, the evidence strongly suggests, are becoming more intemperate, not less: the few surveys that have measured the attitudes specifically of young British Muslims consistently show that their views are more extreme than those of British Muslims as a whole….

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  • Psst! nobody tell Billy: “In what remains the most considered and detailed assessment of working class attitudes towards mass immigration, The New East End—which was in effect a follow-on to Young’s classic 1957 coauthored study of close-knit, female-dominated working-class life, Family and Kinship in East London—found that the strongest resistance to the mass immigration of Bangladeshis that had transformed the area came not from old people, who held the most retrograde attitudes towards racial difference, but from women, specifically mothers and grandmothers, who are those “most caught up in day-to-day family life.” They were the ones left to negotiate for the young children in their care, children who had to find their way in schools overwhelmingly made up of foreign-born students, and they were the ones who traditionally strove to keep intact the dense family networks that defined working-class life.”

    • I have often remarked that women understand the threat of Islam far better than men.

      • They ought to.

      • Maggat

        My wife understands the threat of islam, it worries her, and she’s a muslim.

        • infedel

          so why doesn’t she leave islam…you are a western man and she is in the west….our culture is stronger than islam.

          • Maggat

            She’s quite happy being a strongly secular muslim. It works for her.

          • infedel

            Ha. What a pretzel.

    • El Martyachi

      Well in 1957 a lot more mothers and grandmothers were “most caught up in day-to-day family life” than today.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The best English people left England for the New World.

  • H

    I’m slowly but surely coming to think of the UK as a Muslim country – not to just say the words, while simultaneously feeling, deep down, no this is Britain, and will always stay Britain, despite the changes. No, I am starting to feel, to truly realize in my gut, that the UK as I and so many others thought of it, is disappearing and will soon be gone. As a Muslim country, it will presumably resemble one of the more “moderate” ones – Jordan, say – but it still is truly and inexorably becoming a northern Middle-Eastern outpost on a small, wet and foggy island in the North Sea.

    I guess all things do come to an end, including countries, cultures and civilizations.

    • infedel

      fight…it is NEVER too late….do not stand for the bully tactics of the left and islam….that is all they have and you have history. It is never too late. Your grandchildren will honor you….better than them hating you for what you failed to do and doomed them.

      • Etobicoke_Gladiator

        Bold words but it’s likely too late for the UK already. The United Kaliphate is doomed to become a Muslim-majority nation without a major expulsion of Muslims. In any case, I predict there will come a time when the remaining British (white and non-white alike, basically most non-Muslims of all backgrounds) will move to North America.

        • infedel

          It is never too late…ever. We fought this before when it seemed too late…then came crusaders and Sobieski…We are the West…Never too late to defeat the savages and the marxist left. History proves us correct.

          • Etobicoke_Gladiator

            I very sincerely hope you’re correct!

  • Maurice Miner

    (Formerly) Great Britain is formally fucked.

    At some stage in the future, historians may attempt to investigate the societal precepts that allowed this all to happen, from the time of the universal denigration and hounding of Enoch Powell in 1968, after his infamous “Rivers of Blood” speech.

    The Orwellian double-speak even applies here – Powell’s speech did not mention “Rivers of Blood”, but here we are.

    Look for yourself – it is only short – and make your own minds up, as to whether Powell was a racist bastard who deserved to be socially castigated, or whether he was in fact a prescient man who warned us as best he could:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3643823/Enoch-Powells-Rivers-of-Blood-speech.html

    Remember, this was 1968, almost 50 years ago.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Enoch Powell should be declared a national hero and have a large statue of him erected near Buckingham Palace or in Trafalgar Square.

  • TruthSerum

    When the “I am an Englishman” speech (video excerpt in blog) was originally aired it was supposed to negatively show the racist, xenophobic Englishman. IMO – Not now.

    http://theopinionator.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/04/i-am-an-englishman-video-they-never-asked-us-and-they-never-will.html

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s a silly argument to have. Of course it’s capsizing. That there’s still about 190,000 Jews left in Britain is neither here nor there. They are generally supine and will never leave no matter what. Someone was cheering that aliyah to Israel increased a whopping 50% – up to about 900 people. Ok that’s great. Officially blessed and created Islamic Autonomous Regions will begin popping up until the larger ones encompass whole cities, eventually counties.