Like many of my liberal leftie cappuccino drinking iPod luvvies, I was a bit offended by the Express front page today for two reasons. The first is factual inaccuracy (obviously). One in Five: That means that all white people will only make up 80% of the entire population, eek! Oh no, hold on, that doesn’t include Australians, Irish, French, Scottish, Polish, Lithuanian, Dutch, German, Swiss, American, err… help me out here. So it’s not that one in five people in England will have ‘orrible brown skin, just that one in five won’t be proper English, like with no familial ties to any other country in the world ever at all.
The second objection I had was that it paints all white people over here (tee-hee) as having no ethnicity, as if you’re all a blank canvas of ethnicity just waiting to “find yourself” (or lose yourself?) on a package holiday to India or China or Japan or whatever other ethnic place is in right now. I know exactly two people who can trace their Englishness back further than three generations. One of them was lying (well, he forgot his great grandmother was Polish-Jewish until he asked his mum about it) and the other is from the sticks, which I would imagine doesn’t get many foreigners, those sticks. He described people from Hampshire as “foreigners” the other day lol.
We really can’t win, can we? When we try and integrate by having the same interests and hobbies, maybe marrying or having kids with white people, we’re “taking over”, but when we try and stay out of it, set up schools to not tread on the toes of state school education or put adverts on dating sites for Asians only, we’re “not integrating”. Make your bloody minds up FFS or fuck off back to your imaginary white island.
Us immigrants, all of us, the first and second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, nth generations since, came to the UK for thousands of reasons. Some of us fled parts of Europe during WW2, some of us were shipped in to build the railways in the 1950s, some of us were flown over as qualified doctors and nurses in the 60s and 70s, and some of us were just looking for a better life, who can blame us? It’s pretty good here. We’ve got Dr Who, a fine selection of cheese, recycling, black cabs, libraries, festivals, beer gardens, loadsa cool stuff.
I’m surprised it’s as low as one in five to be honest, we’re all a bit ethnic on the inside.