In the "idealist's", or the dreamers world of the mythical so-called global village, every race, every ethnicity, every religion, every culture and all of the world's many and disparate peoples would get along with one another, united in common aims, strategies, languages, cultures, religions and lifestyles, thereby creating the ideal of a truly multicultural and ethnically diverse world family.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your individual point of view, this mythical global family village, is entirely that; a myth, a fabrication, the product of delusional minds, created in part by the sorts of great two dimensional social thinkers and commentators, who always see the good, never the bad, always the upside, never the down; and who steadfastly refuse to accept that such a world can never, ever be created, simply because there is one great stumbling block to its creation, the people themselves!
Even though the human race has been interacting, interbreeding and trading with one another for thousands of years, giving the various peoples of the world more than enough opportunity to amalgamate or assimilate into one big happy family, instead, here we are in the 21st century, still separated by permanent national borders, defended by powerful armies and protected by weapons of mass destruction, yet the "idealist's" still cling to their deluded theories of multiculturalism and the ethnically diverse world family.
If the theory of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity had any sort of logical justification, then why did India and Pakistan separate so quickly and so violently following the end of British imperial rule in 1947 ; and why do they continue to threaten and fight with one another to this very day? Why do hundreds, perhaps thousands of ethnic minorities die every year throughout the globe, as a result of being attacked by other minority groups, or followers of majority faiths? Why does Muslim kill Muslim in any number of Middle East disputes, whether that be in Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq? If multiculturalism or ethnic diversity are such ideas, why is the Korean peninsula still divided between north and south, some sixty years after they fought a bitter and brutal war with one another?
If the concepts of multiculturalism and ethic diversity don't apply to these particular countries, then does that perhaps suggest that they are purely western concepts; and that only those countries which are rich enough, developed enough, or perhaps foolish enough, are the only ones that should actually implement such ill-thought out and dangerous social theories? The term multicultural was only ever really intended to be a descriptive one, illustrating that a particular country contained a diverse number of differing cultures, but instead since the 1970's successive British governments and their various creative policy advisers have attempted to turn it into some sort of real social experiment, which has tried to purposefully integrate any number of disparate foreign cultures into Britain, often without the agreement of and sometimes against the wishes of the indigenous British population.
Sadly, like with most things today, it seems to be the vocal minority, including these now largely discredited multiculturalists and ethnic diversity campaigners, who were allowed to set the agenda for everyone else, including the generally silent and compliant majority that were often too busy getting on with their lives, to fully realise that their country, its rich history, its culture, its traditions and its native tongues were slowly but surely being taken away from them. One cannot imagine that any other of the great historic nation states, such as China, Russia, America, Canada, or anywhere else for that matter would willingly allow their own native cultures to be rapaciously subsumed by foreign cultures or practices, so why should we?
In the period 2010 alone there were reported to be an estimated nineteen foreign born ethnic groups in the UK, consisting of at least 100,000 individuals each, including migrants from Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United States and Zimbabwe. In total, there were estimated to be approximately just under five million foreign born residents of the UK in 2010, compared to just over two million in 1951.
Now, in and of itself, one might imagine that some five million souls, out of a total population of some sixty-odd million might not appear to be that troubling, but often even the smallest numbers can have a wholly disproportionate effect on the larger figure. In a 2011 ONS survey the largest migrant groups in the UK were said to have consisted of Australians (107,000), Irish (457,000), Indians (729,000), Pakistanis (457,000), Poles (643,000), Germans (297,000), Bangladeshis (230,000), South Africans (200,000), Nigerians (190,000), Chinese (136,000), Sri Lankans (120,000), French (137,000), Americans (189,000), Italians (124,000), Jamaicans (143,000), Kenyans (133,000), Philippinos (137,000), Somalians (102,000), (Lithuanians (107,000), and Zimbabweans (125,000)
Even if you discount the likes of the Irish, Australians, Americans, Jamaicans, South Africans and even the Kenyans, all of whom have had some sort of shared history with the UK, either through being geographical neighbours, having a shared language, or a basic understanding of Britain's cultural heritage, it still leaves some three million people living here, whose various languages, cultures, traditions, beliefs, etc have to be catered for and accommodated. One only has to consider the rather thorny issue of Islam to recognise the immense cultural and religious effect that even a relatively small community can have, especially if is forced on a indigenous population.
In total there are estimated to be a couple of million practicing Muslims living in the UK, most of whom are centred around a number of our major towns and cities, which on the face of it would seem to suggest that Islam itself poses no real threat to our country's culture, heritage or indeed the way we live our lives. But that's not the case, is it? The events of 7/7 proved that conclusively, as has all of the other attempted Islamic terrorist attacks that our security services have successively managed to foil in subsequent years. Such extreme events aside though, just how many millions of pounds are being spent and wasted every year in translation services, because migrants who have come to live in our country, from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Poland, Lithuania or wherever, are just too lazy or indifferent, to learn the basic English language? How many Muslim women or girls are being physically abused, or forcibly married each year, simply because their religion or their culture states that it's right or proper to do so? The thing is, we don't live in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, or any of those other Islamic countries where such cultural practices exist, we live in Britain, with an entirely different set of values and a completely different cultural heritage.
Why should a religion with such a comparatively small number of adherents in Britain, when weighed against the total numbers of people living in the UK, affect the way all of our children are educated or entertained? Why should our animal welfare rules be specially adapted for, what is after all, a relatively small religious community? Why should annual celebrations, such as Christmas parties, be adapted or cancelled, simply because they "might" offend a member of a minority group, which is foreign to our country?
The answer is of course that they should not! There is absolutely no justification for anyone, be they local councillor, national politician, religious leader or individual believer, to enforce what are fundamentally foreign practices onto the wider indigenous population, even when they try to justify them under the guise of social cohesion, multiculturalism or ethnic diversity. The ritual slaughter of animals, forced marriages, female genital mutilation, religious courts, the public and vitriolic denunciation of other religions, or the advocating of cold-blooded murder against members of our Armed Forces, none of these things belong to Britain's rich cultural heritage; and neither should we expect to see them added to it, through the influence of foreign migrant communities.
Were a British born citizen to choose to live abroad, they would fully expect to have to learn the native language of that country, respect its laws and customs; and if necessary curtail some of their own personal practices that might otherwise prove wholly unacceptable to the native peoples of that particular land. One has only to consider how Saudi Arabia might treat any Christian evangelist who was foolish enough to try and convert a member of the Islamic faith. What would be the reaction to a westerner who publicly denigrated a member of the Pakistani or Indian armies? Would an Islamic country purposefully alter its national holidays or ceremonies in order to accommodate the feelings of a foreign community within its own national borders? We all know the answer to such questions, yet so many immigrants come to the UK each and every year with an arrogant determination not to offer the same sort of basic courtesy to the native British population.
Of course it would be naive in the extreme to believe that all such unwelcome changes are purely the result of the immigrant communities themselves, as they are not. Ever since the 1970's and the time of the Wilson administration, successive governments have deliberately pursued a largely unannounced and undemocratic program of cultural change, without giving the British public any sort of say on the matter. Our membership of the European Union aside, the centrally driven erosion of our shared cultural history and our traditions is most evident in the steady decline of our schools, our churches, our governments, our communities and most importantly, our own sense of national self worth. There was a time when being "British" actually meant something, but increasingly this has become less and less so, as we have allowed ourselves to become slowly immersed in our new multicultural and ethically diverse society, which does not have a history of its own and seems to stand for very little really.
It is perhaps hardly surprising then that as each year passes we move further and further away from the remarkable country that we once were, to the unremarkable country that we're almost certain to become. The more that we allow ourselves and our society to become diluted and demeaned by unwanted foreign influences, the harder it will be for us to hold onto those cultural traditions and practices that once made us a unique people in our own right. Quite how we do that is open to debate, but unless we find an answer to our present predicament, we're in serious danger of finding ourselves in a foreign land that we once knew as Britain.