Everybody these days talks a lot about the need to celebrate cultural ‘diversity.’ I was reading today about an Essex town which is running its annual carnival around the theme of ‘nations of the world.’ They have enlisted the help of the town’s Fijian ‘community’ to help teach local children traditional dances from Fiji, to make flags and decorations to represent that country in the parade. Now there’s nothing wrong with children learning about the cultures and customs of different nations, but this is in an historic town which has played a large role in the history of England. What concerns me is that generations of English children are growing up with a strong awareness of other cultures, but who have a very weak and vague sense of their own native English culture and little loyalty to the English nation.
How it saddens me to see English people who have been exposed to the deliberate policy of deculturalisation. Unlike the Scots and the Welsh we don’t always have obvious symbols of our nationhood such as national dress which we can rally around. Many of our English cultural trappings have been absorbed into the ‘British’ fold so that they are no longer regarded as distinctively English. We English do indeed have our national dishes, songs and celebrations but all too often we fail to protect and cherish them and because the British education system fails to instil a sense of pride in English culture, we see them neglected and falling by the wayside. This cannot be healthy and I fear for the future of England when so many of our countrymen and women display a negative or apathetic attitude towards England and native English culture. The mockery and neglect of all things English has surely continued for too long and we need to demand change before too much is lost.
In many cases, a nation that is being suppressed or psychologically squeezed by a powerful bully reacts by assertively standing up to protect its culture and identity. The Scots, Welsh and the Irish have all done this in the face of being historically in England’s shadow, and that is why their sense of identity and culture is so strong and clearly defined. England and the English are being pressurised by the UK and EU who are trying to crush and erode our identity and sense of nationhood, and it is up to our people to make the choice either to lie down and let them be erased, or to stand up and refuse to let them die. Sadly, many English people have already been brainwashed into believing that unlike all others, they do not have a culture of their own that is worth celebrating.
The compulsion to celebrate ‘diversity’ actually implies that when ‘diversity’ is absent a place is somehow sub-standard, boring and in need of enrichment. Such an approach is an insult to the generations of English people whose experience of ‘diversity’ was very limited yet seemed to get along just fine without it. England has always been a great country with a rich sense of culture and heritage, yet it is portrayed as having been a drab, colourless place until our immigrant friends came along and taught us how to cook, to dance and to party. It is perhaps because we have lost sight of our own intrinsic value that many English desperately chase after foreign cultures to adopt or throw in their lot with the ‘diversity’ fanatics, for whom the acceptable limit of ‘diversity’ will never be exceeded. Perhaps we are unaware that there is a purpose in all this, which is to create good little global citizens of the future united global society which has long been the dream of certain influential people.
I am glad that organisations like the Steadfast Trust exist to help English people (an ethnic group recognised by law) regain a sense of English pride and community. This is nothing further than what is demanded by other ethnic and cultural groups in England who usually have a strong sense of pride and respect for their identities. If we don’t pass this on to our English children, they will end up as deculturalised ghosts on the landscape, prone to all kinds of vices and easily manipulated. They will never enjoy the richness of being an English person enjoying something which belongs to them, to their ancestors. They will enter adult with a sense of shame and inferiority for being English and will be lost in the ‘multicultural society’ with no ‘compass,’ no sense of purpose and destiny, no desire to protect the best of the past, no communal identity. Sadly, the English are Europe’s lost tribe, wandering around a country in which our ancestors created and loved, wondering who we truly are and what our purpose in the world is.