Britain is possibly the most confused nation in the world. It is certainly one of the oldest, and mental confusion frequently comes with advanced age. Britons like to think they have not been invaded since the times of William the Conqueror, known in more forthright times as ‘the Bastard’. Takeover bids don’t come more hostile than that one.
Suella Braverman acknowledging that the south coast is being invaded by criminals, rather than pandering pretending it's immigration or the people coming are refugees.November 1, 2022
Though it is not technically true, the general consensus that we have not been invaded for a thousand years and counting, gives a certain charge to the Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s claim that we are being ‘invaded’ right now, from across the Channel. They’re not arriving in long boats this time. They’re coming in unseaworthy dinghies. But don’t be fooled, they’re an invading force.
At the same time as Braverman has been busily characterising the ‘migrants’ as invaders, the political scene in Britain has been steadily becoming more multicultural.
This is the case with the Home Secretary herself, oddly enough. She is a first-generation immigrant of Indian heritage, married to a practising Jew. She herself is of the Buddhist persuasion. Her boss is the country’s first Hindu prime minister and her predecessor at the Home Office was also of Indian background.
Meantime, in a neighbouring galaxy, the new first minister in Scotland is a practising Muslim, as is the Mayor of London. On the other side of the Irish Sea, they have an Indian heritage Taoiseach.
My family and I spending our first night in Bute House after today's parliamentary vote. A special moment leading my family in prayer in Bute House as is customary after breaking fast together. pic.twitter.com/yjPY1vpJMB— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) March 28, 2023
To all appearances, the sons and daughters – or grandsons and granddaughters – of immigrants have shown real talent for ascending the various greasy poles of these islands.
In the case of Humza Yousaf, he was pictured leading prayers in Bute House, the Scottish equivalent of Number Ten.
Prayers in Bute House
This is the first time everthat a Muslim has become leader of a nation of predominantly Christian heritage. With Sunak in London and Yousaf in Edinburgh, a quip has been doing the rounds on social media that an Indian and a Pakistani were bringing about the partition of Britain.
Aside from the views on the union, they have very different politics. So it was from Sunak that we got a speech at a lectern last week bearing the slogan Stop the Boats. The Tories have been sentimentally attached to three-word slogans ever since the huge success of ‘Take Back Control’ and it is in order to fulfil that previous slogan that this one has been devised.
People outside Britain might be forgiven for thinking that a proudly multicultural nation would have a more amenable attitude to people wanting to move here. The oddest thing, though, is how it is the children of immigrants who are so opposed to, er, immigrants.