Thirty years ago, I went to England through my university’s junior year abroad program. Although I had visions of walking across Cambridge’s or Oxford’s sun-dappled lawns, I actually ended up in the north of England. My disappointment swiftly turned to pleasure when I discovered that the north of England was much more “English” than the South. While the South already then had a large international community, augmented by hordes of tourists, the north was still quintessentially British.
That is no longer true. While I might have expected the north to become “internationalized,” as the South was, something different has happened: the north has become Pakistan on the Atlantic. I already learned this a few years ago when I met a woman from Leeds who told me that whole towns have become predominantly Pakistani. More than that, she said, the incoming Muslims, or “Asians” as the Brits called them, targeted Jewish neighborhoods, aggressively replacing the existing population.
Despite know this, it still surprises me when I read an article highlighting the huge demographic shift in the most English part of England. The Daily Mail has an article about the fact that, owing to Political Correctness, British law enforcement and the British political system are refusing to acknowledge that Muslim men are systematically grooming white British girls for prostitution. It’s a shocking article overall but, ironically, the part that shook me most was this one:
Those convicted allegedly represent only a small proportion of what one detective called a ‘tidal wave’ of offending in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the Midlands.
Are we weirdly privileged to get front-row seats for the spectacle of a culture committing suicide? I guess so.