A modest proposal on behalf of the silent majority

'Children up to 18 may be unsure of their culture, and experiment with alien, un-English ones'
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In the 1960s, society changed. From our point of view, it is apparent that it did not change for the better. Previously, when British society had changed, its changes sprang out of the deep roots of English society. The social changes of the 1960s, however, were imposed on Britain by a new, cosmopolitan class that cared nothing for the traditions of this country.

In the 1960s, society changed. From our point of view, it is apparent that it did not change for the better. Previously, when British society had changed, its changes sprang out of the deep roots of English society. The social changes of the 1960s, however, were imposed on Britain by a new, cosmopolitan class that cared nothing for the traditions of this country.

We are still living in the shadow of hideous tower blocks, deriving from the European ideas of "Le Corbusier" and the "Bauhaus". Abortion was legalised, leading directly to infanticide on an unprecedented scale. We joined the Common Market, not understanding that it was merely a reaction against fascism, from which in we Britain had never suffered. And the disastrous fact of immigration swamped British society, for the first time in all history.

Immigration is, and remains, a major problem. Multiculturalism meant that many young people were growing up, despite the efforts of the Church and many newspapers, not understanding that other cultures were inferior to their own. Many people affect to be relaxed about the other cultures in our midst, and, from the 1960s onwards, areas of large cities were effectively taken over by non-English people, where an Englishman might very well start to feel uneasy. Many racial minorities did not behave responsibly, but, on the contrary, thrust their nature in our faces. Some even claim to be "proud" of what they are, and mount festivals that are profoundly intimidating to many English women and children. Something, in short, must be done.

I have a modest proposal. It is of the highest importance that, to reintroduce fundamental values into society, an awareness of the importance of Englishness be instilled in our schoolchildren. It would be the simplest matter to pass a short law, instructing teachers that, in dealing with society, they may not pretend that other cultures have an equal value in this country. It shall be made an offence for local authorities to promote the activities of other cultures, and pretend that they have equal value with our own.

We may have the highest respect for individual blacks, Asians, Jews and others; but it is clear that they do not have the same moral standing as white people in this country. Idle to pretend otherwise. We may have black friends who have a splendid sense of rhythm, or Asians from whom we buy our morning paper and milk. But, even if we like them personally, that does not mean that we value their cultures as equal to Englishness.

The short clause I have in mind would merely say that, in dealing with society, a teacher should be required to inform the class that white, Anglo-Saxon culture is the basis of cultural life in this country. That is not a proposition that any Christian could disagree with. The lesson of the Bible is quite clear, and we should be right to yield to the pressure of the churches in this matter. The Roman Catholic Church, continuing the tradition of the attitude its Pope took towards the Jews in the Second World War, has quite rightly been at the forefront of pressure to place such an obligation on our teachers. If we call ourselves Christians, we will have little difficulty in agreeing with it on this.

Some outdated 1960s liberals have argued that the clause would make it difficult for a teacher to prevent bullying of black or Asian pupils. This, with respect, is typically woolly liberal logic. It is difficult to see how a clause which simply requires a teacher to affirm the moral superiority of the white race would prevent that teacher from rescuing a member of the ethnic minority when, subsequently, they are beaten up in the playground.

And one may argue that the timely application of this requirement will save many black and Jewish children. It is well known that children, up to the age of 18, are often unsure about their culture, and often choose to experiment with other, alien, un-English ones. They need an incentive to become normal, and white. If that, in the end, proves impossible, then I must say I have many friends who have lived fulfilling lives by pretending to be English and tactfully never mentioning the fact that they are in fact black. One noted commentator on these matters, indeed, is a full-blooded Hottentot. He merely has the good manners never to mention the fact in print.

Only in the 1960s did the extraordinary notion arise that one has a "right" to belong to a minority. Many people have found, in the end, that non-English cultural life is a shallow and sterile one. A more fulfilling existence may be led by never mentioning one's racial origins, never meeting anyone but English people, and keeping one's embarrassing and inferior nature from social and professional contacts.

This modest proposal is supported by the churches, by the House of Lords and by many members of the House of Commons. It is time for the silent majority of English people to stand up and state their belief in the moral superiority of Englishness, and demand that their children be taught the firm moral basis of English society. I am happy to say that it looks almost certain that such a clause will soon be passed by the good sense of Parliament. It will be inserted in forthcoming legislation, I understand, as Section 28.

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