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Monday, 19 April 2010

Britain is Divided [by Spero Meliora]

- by Spero Meliora

Over the past twenty years or so we’ve seen some of the greatest changes in Britain since the end of World War Two. I’m not just referring here to all the wonderful technological gadgets we can’t live without nowadays – our PCs, mobile phones, DVD players etc. Society has changed, dramatically too.

In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War the British government encouraged immigration from the Commonwealth to help rebuild Britain with textile mill owners especially keen to exploit the new arrivals as a source of cheap labour. Among the first arrivals were Afro-Caribbeans on the passenger ship Windrush in 1948, with many Asians following in the 1950s and ‘60s. Unlike the Asians – predominantly Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs – Afro-Caribbeans tended to be Christians and so integrated better, although racism was a real problem in some parts of Britain.

Wearing their rose-coloured spectacles liberal and Left-wing politicians and academics began to see multi-racial and multicultural societies as a way to banish racist attitudes associated with colonialism from the days of the British Empire. With the creation of a cosmopolitan, multicultural society people from different ethnic backgrounds would learn to get along and racism would become a thing of the past, it was believed. And to impose this view on the rest of us the Labour government passed the Race Relations Act in 1968. Enoch Powell MP objected in his famous ‘Rivers of blood’ speech of April 1968.

The Cold War, the Vietnam War and other tragic events during the post-war period helped shape the ideas of the multiculturalists. It was also conflict and war that created the consensus for the creation of the European Common Market, established in May 1950. As the official EU website puts it: “The European Union was set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War.” The big idea was that structures based on discussion and mutual co-operation were the best way of preventing further conflicts and wars.

The Common Market, originally a trading bloc, is now a superstate (perhaps one day to be remained the United States of Europe?) with the legal authority to effectively impose its will on member states, Britain included. In 1993 the Single Market was created along with the so-called 'four freedoms' – freedom of movement of goods, services, people and money. In 2002 the Euro currency became legal tender. There were only six signatories to the new Common Market set up in 1950. Today the EU has 27 member states.

Membership of the EU has resulted in the loss of British sovereignty with growing numbers of ordinary Brits becoming more and more concerned, especially since we have no control of our borders, along with other member states, thereby encouraging immigration from right across Europe. This and mass immigration from non-EU countries since the late 1990s has resulted in Britain becoming the most over-populated island in Europe, rising from 50 million in the 1951 to over 59 million by 2001. By 2004 the figure had climbed to nearly 60 million (59.8 million according to the report ‘The UK population: past, present and future’), with a projected further increase to over 63 million by 2016. (‘The UK population: past, present and future’, published 2005.)

But even these figures mask the rapid growth in mass immigration encouraged by New Labour since 2000. According to Andrew Green, chairman of the influential campaign group Migration Watch UK, criticising Labour MP Denis MacShane in March 2010, the MP “seems to believe that ‘nothing has changed’ in the immigration debate since the early 1970s. That is not quite right. In 1971, net immigration was minus 40,000: in 2008, it was plus 163,000. If it continues at about this rate the population of the UK will hit 70 million in 20 years' time, and then 80 million in the 2060s. No wonder public concern has mounted over the years... Denis MacShane claims that immigration is not out of control. However, net immigration under Labour has led to the admission of 3 million immigrants to the UK” (My emphasis – Spero Meliora). (‘Immigration is a real problem’, Andrew Green, The Guardian, 29 March 2010.)

But consider the figures in more detail. The population of Britain grew by NINE MILLION from 1951 to 2001, a period of FIFTY YEARS, and since 2000 net immigration has increased by THREE MILLION in just TEN YEARS! To quote Andrew Green once again: “ immigration under Labour has led to the admission of 3 million immigrants to the UK.”

If this wasn’t bad enough, what has made matters worse has been the government’s obsession with multiculturalism and political correctness, insidious doctrines that argue that all cultures are equal and none are any better than another, with ethnic minorities encouraged to celebrate their own cultures rather than integrate into mainstream society (whilst still maintaining their own culture in their private sphere as other ethnic minorities have done previously). This has led to large-scale segregation, especially amongst Muslims, who have established large enclaves in many urban districts across the UK where English is rarely spoken and the indigenous population are made to feel like strangers in their own neighbourhoods. This is where the resentment comes from. This is why opinion poll after poll shows 70-80 per cent of ordinary Brits want to see stronger government action on mass immigration.

One such poll by YouGov in November 2009 showed that over 70 per cent wanted to see immigration cut, with 75 per cent saying they were “worried about the impact immigration is having on Britain”. Interestingly, it was in the North of England where concern was the highest, rising to 80 per cent. (YouGov poll, November 2009.)

It is the relentless process of Islamisation taking place in many urban districts of Britain that is fuelling resentment against Muslims. It is NOT ‘racism’ or so-called Islamophobia the Muslim Council of Britain keeps whinging about, nor is it the British National Party. What is resented is the pernicious idea that it is okay to transform a society like Britain into something totally alien to its thousand year history, and the appeasement by British politicians in allowing Muslims to transform our country into something alien. This is what is causing so much disaffection and resentment towards Muslims.

This was largely confirmed in another opinion poll commissioned by British Social Attitudes which showed 45 per cent of those questioned said they did “not believe that diversity had brought benefits to the country and that religious diversity had had a negative impact”, while 55 per cent said they would be concerned if a large mosque was built in their neighbourhood. This clearly points to resentment towards Muslims rather than other ethnic minorities such as Afro-Caribbeans, Hindus and Sikhs. Another 52 per cent believed Britain “is deeply divided along religious lines”. (Daily Mail, 11 January 2010.)

Clearly what is concerning people is the creeping Islamisation they see all around them, the fact that Britain is being changed into something different and completely alien. Clearly there’s absolutely nothing ‘moderate’ about striving to change and transform a society into something alien to its history and tradition. It is extremist to strive to change a society into something it isn’t and never has been. And just as Muslims have the right to object to the westernisation of their lands, so Westerners have a right to resist the Islamisation of our homelands. The refusal by politicians to acknowledge the resentment felt by many ordinary Brits as perfectly understandable and legitimate only compounds the situation.

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