After decades of trying to change the way I feel about mass immigration, I can’t stop wishing Britain looked more like it did when I was young. If the native population had ever been asked to vote on mass immigration they would have said ‘No’. But we never were asked. The politicians who chose the way we would live are now dead, dying or retired and the rest of us are stuck with the consequences of their choices.
It’s not that I dislike immigrants. It’s just that I preferred England as it was before mass immigration. Of course, you aren’t supposed to say or even think this. Anyone who owns a British passport is said to be just as British as I am. Pointing out that someone only arrived yesterday from Pakistan and thus possesses neither British culture nor British genes brings forth the claim that Britain is a land of immigrants and that my own ancestors must at some point have arrived here from somewhere else, even if it was over a land-bridge at the end of the last ice age. What does it matter whether we came yesterday or three thousand years ago? We were all immigrants and we are now all British. This is a bit like saying that we are all Africans because homo sapiens originated there; or that we are all fish because all life started in water. Yet there are differences between fish and humans, Africans and non-Africans and people whose ancestors have lived here for thousands of years and people who arrived here yesterday.
Britain is more than just a piece of land. It has a history and a culture and a core set of genes that has changed very little over the centuries. This of course doesn’t mean that no non-British person should ever be allowed to enter the country. It’s a bit like drinking wine. One or two glasses can be pleasant. But drinking five bottles at once can make you ill.
Or think of it like the kind of football team that used to exist before football became so commercial. The squad of players gradually changed over the years but so slowly that you barely noticed. For the supporters it always remained the same team, even though players were steadily replaced over the seasons.
Yet most football teams are now unrecognisable from year to year. It is hard to keep track of who plays for Chelsea this season and who doesn’t. Does William Gallas now play for Chelsea? Or is it Arsenal? Or Spurs? Most Premiership clubs are no longer ‘teams’ in the old-fashioned sense, but instead just a temporary assembly of players who have a strong desire for money but little club loyalty. If Chelsea ever went into administration I don’t think Juan Mata would hang around long to help them out.
Or think of it like the canon of literature. There used to be a core of books that people more or less agreed belonged to the serious study of English Literature. Sometimes a book was reassessed, downgraded and drifted out of the canon. Another book from the periphery drifted inwards and took the place of the evicted book. Yet the whole thing was stable enough to retain a sense of stability, continuity and identity.
Yet recently the old classics have been thrown out for political reasons and replaced by left-wing novelists or female writers from the colonies. Kipling is out and Arundhati Roy and Maya Anjelou are in.
But to return to immigration, Britain now resembles an airport terminal more than a nation. The people who are going are the native whites who no longer feel at home, and the ones who are coming are anyone and everyone who can get in, either legally or illegally.
In my opinion there are now too many non-natives in Britain. Maybe 10% would be the absolute upper limit I would set but fewer would also be good. Immigration is all about numbers and right now we have the numbers wrong.
The number of native whites in my own city of Leicester is now about 45% and falling. While I was growing up I almost never saw a black or brown face. To me and many other white people from Leicester this sudden replacement of whites by non-whites is not a minor detail. Our whole cultural landscape has changed within my lifetime. Britain looks and feels nothing like it used to and no one really knows what the long term consequences of this will be. If Britain finds itself fighting a war, will these people fight for Britain like the native British people did in World War Two or will their loyalties lie elsewhere?
It is gradually being admitted that there is little economic gain to be had from mass immigration. Any gains made are soon swallowed up by the additional costs of health care, schooling and policing due to the higher crime rate of certain groups of immigrants.
The argument that immigrants do the jobs that native Britons won’t do is also now being recognised as a poor one. Even if it were true, is it really a good thing to perpetuate the idea that white Britons are above certain kinds of jobs while foreigners aren’t? Surely only a racist could think like this? And with ever more jobs becoming automated, do we really need to import more uneducated people from the Third World to either go straight onto the dole or to take one of the decreasing number of low skill jobs?
The bottom line is that immigrants also get old and need to be replaced by other immigrants. This leaves a constant supply of unemployed natives who either won’t work or can’t find work. The only real solution to this is for native Britons to do the jobs we allegedly won’t do. Unless this happens we will continue with the pyramid model of society that we now have, one that needs ever more immigrants with each successive generation to do menial jobs and to support the legions of retired whites (and older immigrants). This model is unsustainable economically and is suicidal for the culture of Britain and its native people.
The disappearance of any sense of Britishness is an inevitable consequences of multiculturalism since under ‘Britishness’ we can only include things that don’t exclude any ethnic group, which leaves us with pretty much nothing, unless you want to count ‘breathing’ as being particularly British.
Faced with this problem, many silly people have taken to saying that ‘Inclusiveness’ is the main trait of Britishness. Being British now means being all things or nothing, depending on how you look at it.
But this isn’t only about Britain. Very soon the whites in America will be a minority, replaced mainly by both the legal and illegal Mexicans, and by black people (who didn’t want to be there in the first place).
My desire for Britain to stay British is not simple tribalism. I feel the same way about Japan, too. I don’t want Japan to be swamped by foreigners like me. I want it to remain predominantly Japanese, both culturally and genetically.
Race is one among many factors that should be taken into consideration when thinking about immigration. For example, you would get plus points for having a genome that closely resembles that of a typical native Briton, and more plus points for having no criminal record and for being a useful citizen. You would get plus points for speaking good English. You would get plus points for doing well on IQ tests administered by the Immigration Office. Britain already has enough stupid people of its own without importing more from abroad. You would get minus points for being Muslim because they are causing problems wherever they go. This is tough on the nice Muslims but if they insist on belonging to a supremacist religion, some of whose adherents plant bombs in their host countries, then they have to chose between their religion and their host country. One of them has to go.
I have always dressed all of this up as a purely cultural thing and that it perhaps doesn’t matter that native Europeans will soon be in a minority in Europe. I persuaded myself that I just wanted to preserve Europe’s, and especially Britain’s, traditional cultural heritage etc. But in truth the genetic element does matter to me. I don’t want random people carrying on British traditions, I want British people to do this.
I think the preference for people similar to ourselves is strong in all of us. That, of course, doesn’t make it good and right, but it does make it hard to eradicate. And I am not convinced that we should even try to eradicate it. After all, if a preference for people who are genetically similar to you is wrong, then so is the preference for your own children over those of strangers. If you wish to argue that this is also wrong, then you have all your work ahead of you.
Update: Here is a very good article on ethnic nationalism which pretty much puts forward my own views on the subject, namely, that it would be great if humans were creatures that didn’t think in terms of ‘us and them’ but since we are not such a creature we should arrange our societies in a way that best attenuates mutual animosity, and that might mean in countries that are pretty much ethnically homogeneous. The left’s attitude is to mix us all together and tell us to love each other. But what happens when we can’t and don’t?