By Dr Phil Edwards-BBC political correspondent Mark Easton was on the Today programme (Wednesday Feb 20th) regaling us with the news that for the very first time, London, the capital city of England, now has a minority population of people who describe themselves as “white British”.
Easton asked “where have all the white British gone?” but was reluctant to describe with any accuracy as to “why” they had gone.
According to the 2001 and 2011 censuses, between the two dates, 620,000 white Britons moved out of London and the numbers of white Brits in the rest of England and Wales increased by 220,000 (the deficit due to lower white birth rate, emigration etc).
One white interviewee in Barking and Dagenham put it down to loss of jobs and increasing property prices allowing locals to sell up and live in a more rural area – like, for example, parts of Lincolnshire.
He cheerfully went on to explain that “Black Africans” and “Black British” (oh, how exotic are the joys of diversity!) had moved in.
Easton then took us to a corner shop selling all sorts of exotic food for the delectation of the Africans, where a white woman said she would love to move out but was strangely silent as to why.
Easton did mention the “dramatic cultural change” which had been a cue for people to move on, describing it as “white flight” and “…a story of aspiration, a story of success”.
A story of success indeed!! But for whom...?
In the Daily Mail, Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think-tank, said:
‘The BBC make a very serious mistake in addressing an issue of such importance to the British public in such a trivial and superficial manner.
It’s surely obvious that the main reason for white flight is because people are not willing to live in an environment which has changed beyond recognition and against their own wishes.”
Some truth, at last.
Later in the programme, ex MP Oona King (part black, part Jewish), described as a “Diversity Executive” for Channel 4, said the demographic change was “positive”, adding that the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK are “mixed race”. She confided to us that at her primary school she was the only mixed race kid in the class, whereas her mixed raced grandson now has only one white kid in his class!
Good news? What do you think?