Shibboleth

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Culture and society in contemporary Britain has changed hugely in the past fifty years. Almost everything has changed and this may soon include the English countryside where an increasing amount of urban development is planned to cater for rising immigrant populations. On top of this hundreds of enormous white wind turbines appear to be sprouting up in all but the most inaccessible places. Change is a fact of life but not all of it is for the better and not all of it is natural or wanted.

The level of immigration has also changed. I think it is correct to say that in 1970 or thereabouts 30,000 Ugandan Asians arrived during a British winter fleeing persecution from the African dictator, Idi Amin. At that time there was much debate about Britain being able to accommodate so many immigrants but things turned out for best. Most of those immigrants have probably prospered more than their hosts over the subsequent years; although this is only a guess and a financial one at that. I very much doubt Ugandan Asians depended on Welfare Benefits for more than a few years. More likely than not most have prospered. Indeed one became my friend when we worked together for a few years in the early 1980s – only a child at the time he first arrived in England – and now lives in America as a successful IT consultant in San Francisco.

This brings us to where we are now. I have spoken with people about immigration over the years and the view of many middle class and educated people as well as the left-wing inclined is that Britain ought to offer a home to as many immigrants as possible. Half a million immigrants arrive on average every year into the UK. Uncontrolled immigration has reached record levels ever since New Labour were elected in 1997 but this fact makes little difference to the political class or metropolitan fashionable opinions. The moral high ground is claimed. Demanded even. It is assumed that the person who says we are all one and that the UK has a moral obligation to humanity is morally superior in either their wisdom or their humanity or both. This viewpoint now persists at almost every level of British society.

It is pointless arguing about the squeeze on services and that this is a small island only able to accommodate a certain number of people. Governments say much about restricting immigration but clearly agree with the aforementioned moral high ground stance and are willing to spend taxpayers’ money on maintaining the status quo even though the UK is £1.5 trillion in debt. It matters not because Human Rights trumps everything.

So my conclusion is to open up the border and allow as many people as possible who want to come to the UK. If five million wish to come – let them come. If ten million want to come – let them come. If fifty million want to come – let them come. It would be against their Human Rights to refuse anyone. I agree it would. Whether the results would lead to a country no longer worth living in? is not my problem. In fact I don’t have a problem because I am morally superior to you for I believe in Human Rights. Can you see how self-centered this philosophy actually is? It is the overweening claim to feel better about oneself in comparison with others. Common sense goes into the dustbin and with it a whole country and its people.

The problem with the West is, as Solzhenitsyn warned, not Human Rights but a dire need of Human Obligations. “It is time in the West to defend not so much human rights as human obligations.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

It is nothing less than an obligation to common sense.

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