Are we a ‘nation of immigrants’, and if so, just what is a nation anyway? According to the argument, there are two types;

Ethnic nation

A people sharing a common language, religion, culture, history, and ethnic origins.

Infogalactic: Ethnic nationalism

Civic nation

A people sharing a “will to live together”.

Infogalactic: Civic nationalism

For us in the United Kingdom, the ethnic nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, were combined into a civic nation-state. At the time, this was a reasonable goal; it made defense and admin easier to handle, and achieved what previous powers could not, unifying the British Isles. (The ongoing political conflict in Northern Ireland serves to demonstrate that even close cousins cannot easily rest in a civic nation together.)

Ethnic and cultural differences aside, the UK shared a common territory, custom, language, system of law, religion and history.

However, without these things, what remains?

In its 1997 election manifesto, Labour promised firm control over immigration’ … But all this concealed a monumental shift of policy … Look at the real reason why this [mass migration] policy was introduced, and in secret. The Government’s ‘driving political purpose’, wrote Andrew Neather – a speech writer for Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett – was ‘to make the UK truly multicultural’.

It was therefore a politically motivated attempt by ministers to transform the fundamental make-up and identity of this country. It was done to destroy the right of the British people to live in a society defined by a common history, religion, law, language and traditions.

It was done to destroy for ever what it means to be culturally British and to put another ‘multicultural’ identity in its place.

– Melanie Phillips for the Daily Mail, 2009

What will remain is the State, and the ‘will to live together’ in a multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual multitude; a schizo-nation of multi-migrants.

All of which denies the simple principle underlying why ethnic nations formed in the first place; because a people sharing a common language, religion, culture, history, and ethnic origins, was preferable, and even necessary.

In fact, it is these things which help prevent the ‘will to live together’ becoming irrevocably atrophied. And sometimes, not even that is enough.

We will, regretfully, the children of the 21st Century, soon discern the blindingly obvious; that the surest way to discover why rules exist, is to change them.