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There is a particular brand of thinking in the UK that has a petrifying view of the past. Not petrifying as in scary horror films, but petrifying as in to preserve in stone. Examples of this view are seen in the English public and popular press in the run-up to the Football World Cup. Where English football is concerned it is forever 1966, the country expects nothing less than England to come home with the Cup (completely ignoring the evidence of past performances). Next month, the British public will vote in large number for a UK independence party in the European Elections, in the mistaken belief that the UK can float independently from the EU, completely ignoring late 20th century history and the evidence of international business activity that demonstrates that many of the UK’s large businesses owe their existence to trade with EU countries. These Little Englanders as I will call them (they tend to be led by pompous white middle-aged politicians and popular press journalists from England—not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) have this idea that we can petrify or preserve this view of the world in which our the UK can operate independently of the rest of world in a time warp of mid-20th century history that never really existed and certainly no longer exists in our contemporary globalised world.
Little Englanders have always been particularly hostile to immigration; the current focus being on immigration from Eastern Europe. This view ignores the historical evidence that the UK population is almost entirely composed of immigrants dating back to the Celts, Picts, Romans, Vikings and Normans. In the last few years Little Englanders in the press and politics have been trying to out-do each other with ever more stringent backward looking immigration policies that aim to shut the door to new immigrants, ignoring the undoubted economic benefits of an enhanced labour force or the demographic benefits of young adults coming to the country to balance the aging domestic population, preventing the sort of problems that affect Japan with its unbalanced and rapidly aging population.
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