sexta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2012
TEc - The London effect - About the change to Britain's population mix
The colouring of Britain would be a suitable title to the article.
From a London that sets the example for the rest of the country to follow.
Volumes of new settlers and offsprings are now sizeable which makes it a welcome development that there's a better spread across the land thus alleviating excessive concentrations.
But a legitimate question must be asked as to what Britain will look like 10, 20 years ahead going by the past decade now tallied up.
At the end of the day the real issue is about numbers and volumes.
It is not indifferent to have minorities of 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, 30%, 35% or more as a percentage of total indigenous population.
30 years ago Mrs. Thatcher publicly aired her concerns over entire communities being swamped by immigrants in the heartland of English cities. She was attacked by many but her point had to be made.
It has already happened and none should feel hesitant to openly discuss it.
For Boris Johnson London's ethnic diversity represents a competitive edge on top of every other plus. A cosmopolitan city drawing talent from all over.
Fair enough if this is the future of an increasingly intermingled borderless world.
Will he still hold the same view say if 10-20 years down the line - assuming current trends stick - there is a complete upset of London's population make-up?
If, for instance, today's white majority (as a single group) becomes tomorrow's minority?
There are of course social, economic, cultural, physical and political implications to such a reversal that British society should be able to deal with right now.
No one should get explicitly or implicitly accused of racist undertones simply for stating an objective point.
A point on the consequences of mass movement and (re)settlement of people. One that might eventually lead to the complete change in the human landscape of a major city such as LONDON.