One story which I am surprised to see has not already been mentioned here at ATW, is the story of the leaked proposals of the left-wing think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The proposals come from a report on the subject of "Britishness" and race relations, which, besides calling for a "multicultural understanding of Britishness", argues that immigrants should only be expected to learn to speak English if:
…the settled population is willing to open up national institutions and practices to newcomers and give a more inclusive cast to national narratives and symbols.
Of course, what they really mean by this is that the "settled population" (note that they cannot even bring themselves to use the word ‘native’) should be made to give up its national institutions and practices, or at least recast them in a manner that renders them completely unrecognisable, but which pleases those immigrants who are completely averse to making any effort to integrate. That this is what the IPPR wishes to do, is made abundantly obvious when one considers its proposals on this matter. Some of them, such as the claim that action should be taken to "ensure access" for non-whites to the "largely [hideously?] white" countryside are simply pointless responses to a problem that does not exist. Others, such as the proposal that the registering of a child’s birth should be replaced with a ceremony in which parents and the government agree to "work in partnership" to bring up the child smack of government interference in parental choice and responsibility, and of a rather worrying statism. But the proposal which has garnered the most attention is this one:
Christmas should be downgraded in favour of festivals from other religions to improve race relations…[the IPPR] says that because it would be hard to ‘expunge’ Christmas from the national calendar, ‘even-handedness’ means public organisations must start giving other religions equal footing.
I’d particularly point out that, from the phrasing the IPPR have used, it appears that their preferred option would be to "expunge" Christmas altogether, but that, knowing this to be impossible, they have instead opted to seek its dilution, and the dilution of the Christian heritage which it represents.
And that is the common theme running through many of the IPPR’s proposals: dilution. Dilution of our culture, dilution of our heritage, and dilution of our identity. Thus, the IPPR proposes reforming our honours system, in order to make it less "Imperial". It proposes that flags other than the Union Flag should be flown on public buildings (presumably this refers to the flags of the home countries of Britain’s major immigrant groups, such as Pakistan). And it proposes the removal of all Bishops from the House of Lords. In all of these, and most especially in the proposal to "downgrade" Christmas, we see an attempt to make British people either ashamed or ignorant of their heritage. Our national flag, our history, and our national religion will all be belittled, while the flags, heritages, and religions of the immigrant groups in our society will be given enhanced status.
What is the aim of this? Clearly, it is not to promote civic unity and loyalty to Britain. If that was the intention, then surely it would make sense to strengthen such traditional symbols of nationhood as the Union Flag, rather than to undermine them by rendering the British flag just one flag among many. No, the aim of this is to create the impression that Britain has no history, that it has no religious or cultural heritage, that it was, in fact, an uninhabited and unclaimed land until about 1948, when all the ethnic groups now inhabiting it arrived together, all with an equal claim upon it (that it is, in fact, a paradigmatic "nation of immigrants"). Thus it is hoped that the foundations for the creation of some gloriously unprecedented multicultural utopia will be set in place. The IPPR, and others who share their aims, won’t succeed in this, of course, but if they get their way in other matters then they will succeed in utterly annihilating our British way of life. Which they probably want even more than they want the multicultural utopia.
This post is a rewritten version of one which I had previously posted at my own blog.