Britain of today is not the country that it was for the millenium after William the Bastard first set foot on English soil in 1064. The pernicious effects of socialism and its related ills, all combined with open borders immigration and other benefits of EU membership have torn the fabric of British society, and there is no respite on the horizon. This Government has done more than any other in our island history to undermine our sense of national identity. Read the entire article.
I blogged here on how a half century plus experiment in secular socialism combined with open borders immigration driven by EU law had stripped Britain of any feeling of nationalism or patriotism and set the stage for the Labour governments passage of the Lisbon Treaty without any referendum. Then the other day, author Melanie Phillips raised many of the same issues, examining them in depth. Today it is the turn of the editors of the Daily Mail:
It has thrown open our borders to unprecedented numbers of immigrants, many of whom feel no strong allegiance to our country, its traditions or laws.
It has promoted a policy of multiculturalism, only recently abandoned, which rejected the idea that minority ethnic groups should be encouraged to integrate with the majority.
Meanwhile, it has dismantled the UK through devolution and surrendered the sovereignty of our parliament to the EU and European human rights judges.
Only now, far too late, are ministers waking up to the damage they have done by this sustained and deliberate assault on the concept of Britishness.
The best that can be said for Lord Goldsmith's review of the meaning of citizenship is that it's a belated official acknowledgment that multiculturalism has been a disaster.
Many feel no sense of belonging - to the point where uniformed servicemen are abused on our streets and young men born and brought up here turn to terrorism to overthrow our way of life.
But how on Earth are the former Attorney General's proposals supposed to put this right?
There may be one or two sound ideas buried in his report. It must surely make sense, for example, to lift the ban on paid work for asylum seekers (so much sense, indeed, that the hopeless Home Office has already ruled out any change).
But voluntary citizenship ceremonies for cynical teenagers? A British national day - on a date carefully chosen to have "no historical significance"? Oaths of allegiance (to whom or what, Lord Goldsmith seems unsure)?
Does he really think such unBritish gimmicks will make a hap'orth of difference?
As for his plan to offer council tax and student loan discounts to voluntary workers, imagine what a vast army of bureaucrats would have to police it.
No. If the Government is serious about restoring our national identity, it must tackle the problem at its roots. That means repatriating power to Westminster - and, above all, closing the floodgates to mass immigration until those already here are fully integrated.
That'll be the day. . . .
This Government has done more than any other in our island history to undermine our sense of national identity.
Read the entire article.