posted on Mar, 4 2013 @ 12:39 PM
In the first decade of the new millennium 620,000 white people, the equivalent of the population of Glasgow or Belfast, left London, reports the BBC.
The BBC News report states
The consequence, as revealed by the latest census, is that white Brits are now in a minority in London, making up just 45% of its residents.
The movement of the white British is often characterised as white flight - the indigenous population forced out of their neighbourhoods by foreign
migrants. That may be part of the story, but I think the evidence suggests it is also about working class aspiration and economic success.
It would appear that, in the first decade of the 21st Century, the dream of escaping to the country became a reality for tens of thousands of urban
white Britons. But did they leave willingly or were they forced to move?
The BBC article goes on to argue that many white British people were left with a lot of equity in their houses and choose to move to the coast.
I find that argument unconvincing. If white people had a lot of equity in their houses and choose to move out of London for that reason, then why
didn't the second and third generation immigrants do the same?
The Highest rated comments at the bottom of the BBC page argue that white people have been pushed out by immigrants. The highest ranking posts mention
areas becoming so Asian orientated that white people feel strangers in the place they were born. The recent episode where Muslim 'vigilantes' were
castigating a man for not being Muslim is the top comment. Another top post mentions a person being prompted to move due to being sick of the muggings
and robberies as he saw his area change over the last 25 years.
What is interesting is the strength of anti-mass immigration feeling of the top comments. Recently, the anti EU and anti-mass immigration party the
UKIP came second in the Eastleigh by-election, polling 28% and pushing the Conservative party into 3rd place.
Ukip takes second place
Is something about to give in the UK?
I am of the opinion that the underlying problem is that white people are not having enough children, hence the need for immigrants. Immigration in
itself is not a bad thing. Mass immigration and a lack of cultural assimilation may be.
I should explain that my partner is of a different race and my son is mixed race, so I hope I am not accused of being a bigot or racist. Sensible
edit on 4-3-2013 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)