Britain’s ruling class are currently conducting an enormous experiment – perhaps not consciously or intentionally, but with great enthusiasm – to discover the effects of extremely high levels of immigration on British society.
We will not be sure of the result for some time yet. In the meantime, we need to be doing all we can to ensure that our multi-ethnic society remains as harmonious and peaceful as possible. Our overriding aim ought to be reducing and minimising, rather than heightening, the salience of ethnicity as a political issue. Once upon a time, this appeared to be the goal of self-proclaimed anti-racists. In my naïve way, I assumed that they, like me, wished for a future where character and achievement would be much more important than skin colour, where we would relate to each other not as representatives of our race but as fellow humans, fellow fathers, fellow football fans, fellow birdwatchers.
Nowadays, of course, this is much harder to believe. Progressives do not seek a colour-blind meritocracy but rather what amounts to a spoils system, not entirely dissimilar to the old Ottoman millet arrangement.
The goal is implicit and explicit racial quotas and highly intrusive monitoring, across great swathes of both the public and private sectors. If you doubt this, consider the newest round of planned racialist legislation, as trailed recently by Anneliese Dodds, Labour’s shadow women and equalities secretary.
According to the Guardian, the new laws would require that public services – the NHS, police, schools and councils – ‘collect data and issue reports on staffing, pay and, where relevant, outcomes, by ethnicity.’ Additionally Labour wish to mandate ‘ethnicity pay gap reporting, ensuring police officers and staff undertake anti-racism training, and reviewing the school curriculum to ensure it is diverse.’ This is, in other words, an absolute field day for the bureaucrats and commissars of the total state, who will be able to create pointless busywork for each other while further distracting public servants from their essential tasks.