Terence Stamp

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On the Tokyo metro yesterday I was the only foreigner in a carriage of about 20 people. This isn’t unusual in Japan though it is very unusual for a western country. There was an old Japanese man sitting diagonally opposite me and I wondered how he would have felt had the carriage been half-full of white, black and brown people. My guess was that he would have felt a little less at home. Social scientists like Robert Putnam have found that people feel more comfortable with their own kind. Diversity reduces trust, both between and within groups, and people in multicultural societies tend to retreat into their own shell, engaging in fewer and fewer communal activities.

After getting home that evening I looked up the old actor Terence Stamp, who I dimly recalled having said something unflattering about multiculturalism not long ago. Sure enough, last year he said in an interview that the East End of London where he grew up was no longer the same place it was due to mass immigration, which he thought had gone too far. He felt nostalgic for the old London of his youth, before it was transformed into the multicultural city we are now all enjoined to celebrate. He especially missed the way everyone used to speak English in the streets, as opposed to the babel of tongues you now hear. For this rather mild observation he was pilloried by the usual crowd who opined that he was just an oldie who was behind the times. Well, yes, he was behind the times and that was precisely his point: he preferred London as it used to be – and so do many other people though they tend to keep quieter about this than Terence Stamp did.

A leader of the East London Mosque rubbed salt into the wound by saying that Stamp was out of touch with modern London but that if Stamp wanted to visit London, Mr. Farsi would show him around the East End and demonstrate how great everything was. Mr. Farsi couldn’t understand that while he might think a London full of Pakistanis, Somalis and West Indians is better than one full of English people, not everyone feels the same way. I wonder if he would understand if Islamabad were suddenly inundated with Romanians and Bulgarians. I think he might.

Stamp didn’t make things any easy for himself by lamenting how difficult it was to buy his beloved mangoes in East End markets now that so few people speak English there. Various people recommended that he simply point to the mangoes he wanted to buy. Others thought that since mangoes aren’t native to Britain, this somehow contradicted Stamp’s position. Their view was basically that if Stamp wants to eat mangoes then he must be prepared to import the people who grow mangos with them, a particularly stupid attitude, I thought.

I find it amazing that globalists find it so hard to understand Stamp’s point of view. Would they still not understand if Stamp were an old Eskimo whose community had been overrun by westerners? Would they try and persuade an old Tibetan man that a huge influx of Han Chinese was good for him because there was now more diversity? I doubt it. Native whites now make up only 46% of the London population. This started me wondering if there was a percentage of immigrants that even lovers of multiculturalism thought is too high. What, for example, would they think of a London consisting of no native Brits at all? And if they thought that 0% Brits has gone too far but 46% was not too few, which figure was it that they have in mind as being optimal?

These people have no empathy for native Brits because they have been indoctrinated into the state ideology of multiculturalism since birth. They have loved Big Brother from day one and just don’t get what people like Terence Stamp could possibly object to. After the British government chose to impose mass immigration on an unwilling British public it became necessary to win over that populace with a program of pro-multicultural education and TV. Education became ever more anti-white and pro-immigrant and dissenting views vanished from the BBC or were mocked in programs like Till Death Us Do Part.

Support for multiculturalism is strongest among those who went to school after the 1960’s, especially those who actually volunteer for three extra years of indoctrination at university (I exclude genuinely clever students who study real subjects like Maths and science). These students, imagining themselves brighter than those who prefer to start work at 16, believe they are better placed than oldies like Terence Stamp or knuckle-dragging thickos like Tommy Robinson to decide what is good for society. Of course, in all those extra years of study these people were never informed about the downsides of multiculturalism, so their picture remains necessarily one-sided, something that they are unaware of this. So they accuse people who supported Brexit of being brainwashed by Nigel Farage yet their own powers of introspection are so poor that they never stop to ask themselves how they acquired their own views.

What makes things worse for people like Terence Stamp is that while it seems you are still allowed to prefer vanilla ice cream to chocolate ice cream without having to justify this preference, stating you preferred London as it was to how it is now immediately brings forth accusations of narrow-minded racism. The idea that a person might have nothing against immigrants per se yet be against mass immigration because of the huge ‘challenges’ it imposes on a native population seems to be too difficult a concept for some. So unless you enthuse over the same things educated people do you must be a hate-filled bigot. There are no more nuanced, intermediate points of view.

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3 comments on “Terence Stamp

  1. Joseph says:

    Interesting post. As an Englishman who has been living and working in Tokyo, off and on, since 1997, I agree with most of your observations. I was at work surrounded by Japanese colleagues as the “shock” Brexit result was announced last June. To a man, they seemed shocked that Britain could do such a thing (one guy even said “your country has just committed suicide!”) and were basically acting as if the sky had just fallen in.

    However, when I asked them to imagine a Japan with the number of foreigners as a percentage of total population that Britain has, how many millions have flooded in inthe last 15 years alone, and how that in Tokyo native Japanese would now be a minority, in Nagoya, and Osaka too, I saw the penny drop for a few of them as to how so many ordinary British people could vote Brexit.

    Anyway, would be great if we could swap a few war stories as fellow Englishmen with considerable Japan experience and political outlook.

  2. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the comment. One of my students broke the news of Brexit to me and when I said ‘Great’ he replied, ‘But this will hurt the global economy’. I couldn’t help but say ‘I don’t really care about the global economy. I care about Britain’. The truth is that I really don’t care much about the global economy, but equally I thought his fears exaggerated Britain’s influence on the world market. And if he were correct and Britain really IS that influential, then we are absolutely right to go our own way.

    I haven’t found it as hard as you to explain to the Japanese why Britain is better out of the EU. Maybe this is because the only Japanese I talk to are young students who are easily swayed (or at least pretend to be) by whoever they happen to be talking to. They are also very unpolitical and thus often have no views on current affairs. Even so, I think most Japanese people are natural conservatives and often think that each person or each family is responsible for themselves. Thus they intuitively understand why financial, political and legal independence are good things.

    Yes, it would be good to exchange some views. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about living in Japan (you possibly know all mine already from this blog). Just write something here anytime.

    K

    • Joseph says:

      Thanks for the reply K. I’ve only read a couple of your articles so far (this one and the footie one) but find myself agreeing with the sentiments expressed. It’s hard to find other westerners in Japan with similar political views, especially those from Blighty. What friendships I have here are maintained by me basically having to keep my mouth shut on several topics, because I know that if I do really speak my mind and challenge the reigning liberal progressive orthodoxy I won’t be invited again to events.

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