The Slow Death of Political Correctness as People Push Back Out of Frustration

Posted on April 15, 2011

It is showing up most distinctly in Britain where the Prime Minister David Cameron has been outspoken about the torn fabric of British society due to mass migration and immigration.  Most Britons including the PM are not against immigration per se.  They are against unbridled massive influxes of foreign populations that have the look and feel of “invasions” by cultures uninterested in becoming integrated into the host country’s society.   Here is one writer’s account [Ruth Dudley Edwards] of her changing lifestyle in London, “Who is Responsible for Fractured Britain”?

I lived for 30 years in South Ealing in West London, which originally was a model little London village. The Poles who arrived after the war were thoroughly integrated, the Hindu shopkeepers got on with everyone, including the local Muslim residents, and although there were new immigrants from perhaps 20 countries, the pace of change was slow and unthreatening. We knew that nearby Southall had long since become an ethnic ghetto, but we were sure this would not happen to us. There were, perhaps, more Indian restaurants in South Ealing than anyone could possibly require, but the only local grumbles I can recall were about some Somali refugees who had trashed their council house.

We all ticked along in our own way. I liked living in South Ealing. But things changed. What ruined our community and the personality of our neighbourhood were the young Eastern Europeans who poured in from 2004 onwards. I am not criticising the character of these young migrants. They were generally hardworking, eager and ambitious. But they arrived all at once in large numbers and, most significantly, had zero interest in integrating. They lived and socialised exclusively together, watched Polish television channels via their satellite dishes, chatted to family back home for free on Skype, set up Polish shops to sell Polish food, newspapers and books, and they learnt only as much English as they had to. Seeing shop after little shop put up the words Polski sklep marked the end of the village I knew.

This is why I applaud the Prime Minister for admitting that people are profoundly disturbed by the havoc that mass immigration has wreaked on parts of Britain. “When there have been significant numbers of new people arriving in neighbourhoods,” he said, “perhaps not able to speak the same language as those living there, on occasions not really wanting or even willing to integrate, that has created a kind of discomfort and disjointedness in some neighbourhoods.” [read more at Telegraph]
In a related Telegraph article, reporter Tom Whitehead has written that almost one in eight people living in [the] UK are born abroad.

The proportion of the population born overseas almost doubled in two decades to more than 11 per cent, according to data seen by The Daily Telegraph.

It meant that just under seven million people living in Britain were immigrants – enough to fill a city the size of London.

The rise was largely down to Labour’s “open door” immigration policy, under which three million foreigners were added to the population during the party’s 13 years in power.

The figures, which were compiled by the Office for National Statistics, were disclosed amid a renewed debate on immigration.

David Cameron warned yesterday that uncontrolled immigration had undermined some British communities and led to “discomfort and disjointedness” in neighbourhoods.

He said he wanted to reduce it from its current level of more than 200,000 a year to the “tens of thousands” before the next election.
The economic component in all of this that cannot be denied is there was an increased demand for public services funded by taxpayers.  But with all of the costs – the highest to pay has been the  “real and serious consequences for the cohesion of our society,” according to Sir Andrew Green, Migration Watch UK.
Damian Green, immigration minister has said:

“We have introduced a new limit on economic migrants from outside the EU, major changes to the student route, and will soon unveil our proposals to reform both the family and settlement routes to the UK.”

Europe in general and Britain in particular could be a model for the US.  The complicating factor here, however, is the that Mexicans see our southwest as lands taken from them illegally and the freedom to move across the border  preventing access to them.  They claim that for thousands of years their Indian ancestors roamed freely in the Americas and that today they should have that same freedom.  But in the end, immigration by the numbers should be a matter of economic reality not social correctness.