Friday, 7 December 2012

Post state nations

After reading the recent comments by Baroness Warsi and Clarissa Dickson Wright, it left me with the impression that they were both hinting at the same thing - INTEGRATION. This is the cure-all solution that the political elites from the liberals to the Tory right have to cultural dividing lines in the UK. Blend in and enrich, that's what we're told. Of course over many centuries many European cultures have gradually added to the British cultural mix in an organic process. All cultures develop slowly with the march of time. A simple reason why British culture/s have absorbed other European cultures is because of their similarity to one another. But the situation we have seen since the 1950s is rapid cultural change by mass immigration in a relatively short space of time. Today this has kick started engineered and enforced cultural blending by diktat - from our political elites not from the people. And when the so called patriotic right start talking about blending of cultures, you know cultural Marxism has triumphed!

European and Islamic cultures are starkly different. Why should Britain's Islamic communities be expected to integrate and let their identity become diluted? Likewise the British? Haven't we had enough enriching and improving? We are having enough trouble with the Americanisation/globalisation of our respective cultures without having to worry about fitting in with our new neighbours.

Of course orthodox nationalism has lost the day - we cannot talk of the nation state in a practical sense. Many, many races, ethnicities and cultures are here in Britain to stay. But we can look to the National Anarchist case: local and regional autonomous communities linked in federation. Communities and networks that can do their own thing - without having to 'fit in'.

A labour of love

Planning Minister Nick Boles' comments that buildings can be more beautiful than nature certainly made me wince - and a couple of letters to The Daily Telegraph (my rag of choice) rightly added that sometimes nature is not pretty. Of course nature is often red in tooth and claw, hideous and cruel. But Mr Boles was referring to the British countryside. I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking our magnificent countryside is the best in the world (allow me some chauvinism!) and it is not really nature - it is nature in tandem with man. In this case it is that beautiful patchwork that makes up so much of our collective national consciousness. That green land and wild wood that generations of our people molded and lived off so that we are here today - that is real beauty.