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More Rallies in Brussels, Hamburg, Los Angeles andÂ Miami. Atlas Shrugs
Separate worlds collide in the Kensington sunshine
By Melanie McDonagh/Telegraph/UK
The adjective “surreal” is mercilessly abused, so let’s not say that what I saw in London on Saturday afternoon was almost surreal; let’s say instead that I found the juxtaposition of two very different spectacles very odd indeed. One was the exodus of the audience from the Royal Albert Hall â€“ apparently they’d been at an event called Moving Together, organised by the Fitness League â€“ which consisted almost entirely of amiable women over 60 with printed skirts, white hair and sandals: hundreds of them. It’s a game in Kensington, looking at people leaving the Albert Hall and guessing what kind of concert they’d been at. This audience could, at a push, have been watching Cliff Richard.
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“It was a bizarre situation,“said Johnson, 34, a former police officer in Garland, Tex., and U.S. Army soldier who moved here with his British wife three years ago and became this country’s first non-British police officer. He said running from trouble was exactly the opposite of what he learned as an American cop.Â Just yesterday,Â British police say they were forced to break off their pursuit of the gunman who killed a dozen people across a rural area in northern England last week because he turned the weapon on unarmed officers. Â Barenaked: Â Unarmed British police vs MuslimÂ Rioters
Five minutes’ walk down the road, there were the exhilarated remnants of a very different gathering, the anti-Gaza blockade demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy. The enormous crowd that was dissipating was, judging purely by appearances, from all over the Muslim world. There were women in black burqas and others in coloured scarves, Palestinians or Jordanian teenagers with angry placards, older, bearded men in white robes, any number of Turks bearing the national flag. These weren’t, so far as I know, people who’d come to London for the demonstration; this was Islam in London. It’s something the better-off residents of Kensington usually only see on anti-Israel demonstrations; in other parts of London, it’s society as it is now. There were, I might add, some elderly white people among the demonstrators, but they were wildly outnumbered.
The two groups of people â€“ the pensioners and the demonstrators â€“ encountered each other sporadically on the road and at the bus stops. There was no overt hostility on either side â€“ it was a sunny afternoon â€“ but there seemed no mutual goodwill either, just joint, slightly baffled incomprehension. This separateness is, I’d say, where an awful lot of Britain is at when it comes to mass immigration from the Muslim world. The two groups seemed like a metaphor for two separate worlds. It’s practically compulsory in some sections of the media to use the adjectives “vibrant” and “dynamic” to describe the influx of Palestinians, Iranians, Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis, Turks and Somalis to the capital. Another way of describing it is cohabitation plus alienation. Or just alienation.
Benedict Brogan’s admirable article in this paper last week describing mass immigration as Labour’s real legacy came to mind. He observed, correctly, that one reason Gordon Brown lost it on immigration was that, with his ethnically homogenous Scottish constituency and rarefied London social circles, he never really encountered its effects. Mr Brogan was too kind to say, so let me do it, that one reason why much of the influx took place when David Blunkett was home secretary is that he was blind; he couldn’t actually see what was happening.
The other day, Christopher Caldwell’s incisive book on mass immigration from the Muslim world,Â Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, came out in Penguin paperback. It begins: “Western Europe became multi-ethnic in a fit of absence of mind.” Just where that absent-mindedness has left us came home to me again this weekend.
One consequence of multiculturalism, of course, is that it’s often difficult to teach Christianity in schools; a new Ofsted study of religious education identifies a problem here. I met a really nice Pakistani Catholic last week (a literally endangered species) who suggested one answer. In Pakistan most of the elite attend Christian schools, but Christians and Muslims are taught religion in separate classes. At the risk of overburdening school RE departments, that might just work here.
It’s starting to get to me, the way weather forecasters talk about a sunny day as being “barbecue weather”. I’d prefer “picnic weather”, myself. No drink, no smells, no smoke, just a chance to eat outdoors.