The Cultural Problem

Critical of others he thinks islamophobic, one blogger on MyT asked for some positive suggestions as to how the ‘problem’ might be dealt with. It was apparent that the ‘problem’ required some clearer definition.

In my response I suggested that the problem was largely about identity. Whereas immigrants and there British born offspring have a strong culture that tells them who, and what, they are, the indigenous population has been denied this because native British cultures have been consciously eroded to promote ‘multiculturalism’. Whereas the common cry from the left was ‘all cultures are equally valid’, they actually adopted negative positions against the native cultures, and positive positions towards those of immigrants. As a result, the alien cultures grew in strength and confidence, while the British cultures were weakened. This has led to some nervousness and antipathy in the indigenous population.

That is how I would describe the problem. Any attempted solution must have two dimensions, one directed at the indigenous peoples, and the other at those of immigrant stock. The identity of the former must be reinforced by positive measures, while the abuses of a minority of aliens must be addressed.

It seems to me that the identity of the indigenous peoples can be strengthened by developing a sense of nationalism, using symbols of national identity and strengthening the status of British citizen.

All public buildings should fly constantly the union flag and the national flag.

All schools should have a morning assembly at which teachers and children swear allegiance to the Queen. This may appear an odd suggestion from a lifelong republican, but the symbolism is important.

Schools should focus more on British icons in history, science, culture and literature.

British citizenship should be seen as a privilege rather than an automatic right for foreign spouses who settle in the country. They should have to apply for citizenship, and swear allegiance to the Queen and her ministers. Other conditions might be attached relating to ability to maintain themselves without state benefit, and possibly some competency in spoken and written English.

Birth in the country should not automatically qualify for citizenship where either parent has not been resident in Britain for a minimum period, two years perhaps.

Citizenship can be rescinded by the courts within five years of its grant if the person falls foul of the law.

Citizenship should not be granted to people who wish to retain their original nationality.

That is my list for starters. Note that it does not interfere with the right to worship as one wishes. Others on the site might wish to add their own ideas.

Author: tomkilcourse

A sceptical Mancunian who dislikes pomposity and rudeness.

3 thoughts on “The Cultural Problem”

  1. Interesting ideas Tom. It’s worth taking a look at how Finland integrated a large tranche of Somali immigrants, or how Israel does it, (though they’re having problems with their Russians.) As you say, we should assert strongly our own values, and get immigrants who are coming to the UK for a better life to examine rigorously just why it is better to come here.

  2. It would do for starters!
    I suppose you could reserve parachutes with large holes in them for the seriously irritating ones’ homeward repatriation trip.

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