Next Year’s Census Results: The Final Nail in the Coffin for ‘Multicultural Britain’ | Nathan Wilson
Starting in 1801, the United Kingdom every decade has recorded inhabitants which dwell within the nation. Since its initial start, the census has naturally evolved from being able to put on your economic status as an ‘imbecile’ or ‘lunatic’ to now being able to fill it out online for the first time.
It has been no secret within the UK that the topic of multiculturalism has received scathing criticism from nearly every part of the country. Since Tony Blair’s tenure as Prime Minister, immigration levels and state sanctioned multiculturalism has become the norm amongst high level political discourse. The onset of such matters predates Blair’s premiership but remains vital in understanding where we are now, nearly fifteen years on since his departure from political life.
The 2011 Census revealed many different things, for example at 63% increase over the previous decade of the UK’s foreign-born population between 2001-2011. Simply put, this increased from being 4.8 million to just under 8 million people in the space of a decade.
In the same year that the 2011 Census was conducted, then Prime Minister David Cameron had stated that “state multiculturalism has failed”. This followed that the foreign-born population was 5.3 million in 2004, which then increased to 9.3 million in 2018, according to Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, supporting the ONS’ own statistical data.
However, what remains the most damning of all, as always is the complete denial in which our political class find themselves in. Perhaps the most memorable slogan of 2016 (besides ‘Make America Great Again’) was ‘Take Back Control’ used by the official Vote Leave Campaign. Now that the UK has fully left the European Union (EU), one might expect the present government to act on such matters, for them to finally ‘take back control’. The ability for parties and governments to fall back onto merely pointing fingers at the EU ceased to exist as of January this year, so begs the question: what is stopping us?
It remains clear like a child with an early learning playset of shapes and holes to fit them in, squares do not go into circular holes. Unfortunately, state policy has allowed for nearly the last quarter of a century to repeatedly keep bashing such objects into each other, with the hopeless expectation that these things will work.
Well, if the last ten years are anything to go by, it is quite possible that the next census will finally kill any possibility of multicultural Britain ever taking off. What is rather unclear is whether UK citizens ever asked or desired such changes to take place within their immediate lifetimes. The eventual further increase of the UK’s foreign-born population will only further cement the idea that such matters are truly not in control amongst an increasingly alienated and ever-tiring populace; a populace that sees through an ever-empty platitude of being in a ‘multicultural society’ and conversations that never really took place.
That conversation had died before it could even begin. The Overton Window has moved again, the Rubicon has been crossed. Any true attempt at the creation of a truly multicultural nation died before it could even be brought up into the world, and it should be noted that any possible detractors one might fear hold a great dosage of denial. We did not even attempt to become like Singapore!
Take for example one of the UK’s nearest neighbours, France. The French Republic has never experienced its own form of Blairism (despite Macron’s best efforts), and yet similar problems and worries remain rampant across the nation. Take the example of various open letters being signed by various members of the French Military and Police Force recently. Such letters detail the worries surrounding the immigration that has been brought to France in recent decades; worries that, if they are being noticed by security figures, must be trickling down into the lives of French Citizens.
This is notwithstanding the EU’s former Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier and his statements around blocking immigration into the country for three to five years. Something that has been quietly swept under the rug in recent times. With more letters coming forward against the French government’s position, it remains clear that such trends will unlikely cease soon.
In conclusion, whatever the results that the incoming Census provides, it remains fundamentally clear to most voters, and has since 1997, is that multiculturalism within the nation has failed. It failed the first second it was conceived and imposed upon the nation. Like with all efforts within public policy, such endeavours often produce unintentional outcomes and results. With more areas of major cities and regions facing further direct change, the likelihood of greater alienation and collapse of social cohesion will doubtless increase within the so-called Multicultural Britain. In America, the prefix of placing one’s ethnic origins before one’s nationality, sadly misses the point. People are not African-American or Italian-American, rather they are Americans first and foremost. Yet, Americans that happen to just have African or Italian heritage are still American.
Such thinking and people are the most desperately needed. Those amongst us that champion a true multi-ethnic Britain, a Britain that does not define itself by what it is against or what it is not, but rather by what it truly is. A Britain and a sense of Britishness that can inspire all and everyone within its isles. A code of ethics and principles that every citizen speaks into existence and enacts into the world, a Britain that defines itself by what it first and foremost is.
As such, after the next census, the celebration of Britain’s alleged multiculturalism should instead be replaced with a firm and proper sense of Britain being home to many different ethnic groups, all of which firmly enact what it truly means to be British. Anything else and we truly risk the collapse of any true attempts of social integration and cohesion amongst ourselves collectively.