Now that we are seeing EU migrants leaving the UK at an ever accelerating rate, the bleating has started – which is a surprise because when the government announced that it wanted foreigners to arrive in ‘tens of thousands’ rather than hundreds of thousands, there was hardly a whimper. Now we have moaning about labour shortages and how vital cheap foreign workers are to our spluttering economy…..but it’s no more that we deserve.
Our government’s style has rarely been proactive. For instance, once the referendum farce had been settled, the government should have affirmed the importance as well as the ‘safety’ of all foreigners already living and working in the UK….but instead, it played its usual ‘wait and see’ game because anything else would have needed a decision!
However, it is not just political incompetence and intransigence which is to blame for the coming exodus. There is a much more sinister undercurrent at play and it is to do with the Brits’ very strong herding instinct whose tendency is to reject rather than to assimilate.
The most racist people on the planet are the Brits – so why the hypocrisy? Here in the UK, the Blacks get it, as do the Welsh and the Jocks – as well as the Micks. The English don’t like the Germans or the French – and as for anyone from the Indian sub-continent……….and don’t even mention the Chinks. The Italians are a joke and of course, Hitler was Austrian. Don’t even get me started on fat Americans or those boorish Aussies.
The English acquire racism like a family heirloom which travels through the generations. Consequently, the stem-cells of racism begin to develop very early. How many English people reading this (and I include all politicians) have ever seen the inside of an immigrant’s house here in the UK? How many have had a Bangladeshi, West Indian or Chinese family over for dinner.
My own mother lived in the UK for 60 years and never saw the inside of any of her her English neighbours’ houses. Mind you – she did have an accent! I am not surprised because first generation immigrants rarely integrate into the wider society – usually for cultural and language reasons – a phenomenon which politicians appear to be totally unaware of as they bang on about our ‘multi-cultural society’.
In the 1960s, I was one of the trailblazers for Johny Foreigner. My parents were from Eastern Europe and at school, I was one of the few children with a foreign name. In spite of the fact that I was born in Huntingdon and was indistinguishable from my school friends, i.e no accent or colour, I was a nevertheless a target for racist abuse.
Over fifty years later, I still remember the first time that I was called a f****** Pole. My accuser was a pikey (oops!) short-trousered seven year-old and I am not ashamed to say that I hit him – and guess what? I was caned. Thinking back, I truly believe that the seven-year old’s parents should have been flogged instead of me because the eloquent slogans of British racism tend to be passed down the generations. No child was ever born spouting racist bile.
As recently as a year ago I was told “Go back to where you came from!” by a seventy-something Englishman who knows nothing about me except that I have a foreign name. On that occasion I reported the matter to the Police – who did nothing except file a couple of statements.
History repeats itself. My own children went to school in France and their strange English accents really interested their French counterparts and within weeks they had fully integrated . Within a couple of months, they were accepted as honorary little Frenchmen. In fact it is no exaggeration to say that their French friends and teaching staff were quite proud of the fact that they had two English boys at their school.
Several years later, we returned to live in the UK. Guess what? Within one day, my sons came back from school crying, telling me that they did not want to go back because their new school friends were calling them “Frogs”.
I had to have a quiet chat with the headteacher . He found the whole thing very amusing and treated me to the usual “boys will be boys” routine.
So let’s PLEASE stop the hypocrisy because collectively and democratically, we wished for a huge decrease in migration for all sorts of spurious reasons……and as you know, you should always beware what you wish for.