25 August, 2006
Boons of the Multiculture
Spaghetti bolognese is a popular British meal. Does that necessitate the presence of a large Italian minority to service that demand? No, we have learned the recipe from the Italians, to whom we are suitably grateful, and we make it ourselves. Potatoes are an Andean vegetable. Is the English countryside full of Bolivian and Peruvian peasants, cultivating this excellent staple? Not that I've seen.
Like most nations, especially trading nations, we import both goods and ideas from abroad. That does not necessarily mean we have to import the populations of the source countries en masse as well. This facile and dangerous link, much favoured by the diversity celebrators, needs to be challenged whenever it sneaks into the discussion.
India, Pakiplace and the like are awful places to live. England has opportunity, is lax in border control and a weeks wages pays for a year of life in the third world.
I like the analogy, but its not an accurate comparison, in the slightest.