Academic journal article
By Ellis, Frank
The Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies , Vol. 26, No. 4
Published in October 2000, The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain is the latest, and to date, the most comprehensive, multicultural blueprint for the United Kingdom. Two assumptions are central to the report: first that race is a social and political construct not a biological or genetic reality; and second that the cultural homogeneity of the United Kingdom has been politically and socially constructed and can therefore be deconstructed only to be reconstituted into a multicultural/multiracial `community of communities'. This article examines the report's position on national identity and history, racism, free speech and hate crime, education, the arts, media and immigration.
Key words: Arts, education, free speech, hate crime, history, immigration, Lenin, Macpherson Report, Magna Carta, Marxism-Leninism, multiculturalism, national identity, neo-Marxism, race-Marxism, Parekh Report, racism, anti-racism, rule of law, social and political construct, sovietization.
Cities and towns the length and breadth of Britain - from Bristol, the Medway towns, Slough and London in the south, to Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands, to Bradford, Burnley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Oldham, Leicester and Manchester in the north - all now harbour large populations of non-white immigrants, a significant proportion of whom, for various reasons, refuse to or are unable to adapt to the host country. Over the last 20 years violent street confrontations between the native indigenous majority population and black and Asian immigrants have become depressingly familiar. In fact, racial strife is now a recognizable feature of the British urban landscape. Meanwhile, the numbers of legal and illegal immigrants entering the United Kingdom continue inexorably to rise. By any standards these are dramatic changes in an already densely populated and traditionally, racially homogenous country such as Britain. Given the failure of the British government to address the scale of the problem, it is reasonable to assume that the worst is still to come. And the problem is by no means confined to the United Kingdom. Similar and equally deleterious effects of legal and illegal immigration can be observed all over the Western world.
The native British population faces two threats from these changes, one immediate and on-going, the other a distinct possibility in the next two decades. For the present, there is the covert and overt war being waged against the indigenous majority population, against its history, language, folkways, culture and traditions. This is a war in which multiculturalists exploit existing institutions - the legal system, the education system at all levels (especially the universities), the print and broadcast media, parliamentary democracy and free speech - to achieve their goals (Bork, 1997, Honeyford, 1998, Vazsonyi, 1998). These methods are analogous to those used by Soviet commissars to sovietise Central and Eastern Europe after 1945 (Ellis, 2001). Attacked in this way, institutions retain their outward form but the heart is torn out, the soul extirpated. Incapable of defending themselves, these institutions and the people who work in them can no longer serve the nation state that has created and nurtured them over the centuries. A second, long term threat is terrorism. Street riots, as the experience of Northern Ireland and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict demonstrate, can easily escalate to well organised terrorist campaigns against the security forces. It is difficult to see what would prevent determined militant immigrant groups from using the same means, were they so minded, especially were they wedded to some form of Islamic fundamentalism., In this regard "Islamophobia", fear of Islam, is fully justified.
Two reports published in the UK in the last two years, The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Report of an Inquiry by Sir William Macpherson of Cluny (1999), sponsored by the British Labour government, and The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: Report of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (2000), sponsored by the Runnymede Trust, and authored by Bhiku Parekh (both reports being more widely known, respectively, as The Macpherson Report and The Parekh Report) illustrate the scale of the threat to the white indigenous majority population. …