He’s right of course. One of the book’s overarching ideas is indeed the issue of group psychology and the rather worrying propensity for the young and fresh-faced to readily swallow, ingest and regurgitate the mass of propaganda fed to them by an overwhelmingly leftist media.
One of the platitudes often thrown at those who dare to question pro-mass immigration apologists and their multi-cultural brothers and sisters is that their xenophobic, islamaphobic and yes, racist rantings are based on nothing more than the deluded ravings of right-wing crackpots clinging to a nostalgic view of Britain that has never really existed.
Writing fluidly and cogently Mr West easily debunks these myths. Using a breadth of research from a wide variety of sources and disciplines including theology, psychology, sociology and anthropology West calmly demolishes a whole host of dearly-held and cherished multi-cultural doctrines.
For example, in response to the suggestion that there is no such thing as British descent, Mr West shows that until as recently as WWII the vast majority of the Britons would have been able to trace their DNA back hundreds if not thousands of years to a common pool of ancestry.
Similarly, to the oft-heard claim that ‘Britain is a nation of migrants,’ West simply looks at the facts. His findings reveal that the opposite is actually true: The UK’s immigration history is in fact one of moderation - (sometimes called ‘elite’ immigration) a history of moderate assimilation, sometimes taking place over centuries, and thus utterly alien to the phenomenon of mass immigration of recent times.
The scope of this book is mightily impressive. West has no problem naming the architects of Diversity Britain and so he shouldn’t. For the significant role they have played in changing the face of British social and cultural life forever in the name of multi-cultural experiment, the motivations of politicians like Jack Straw and his New Labour cohorts are weighed up and exposed.
Shocking is the admission from certain New Labour architects that the post-1997 mass immigration policy of the Blair government was a deliberate attempt to rub the nose of the right in the politics of diversity - that and to shore up the immigrant vote of course. And you thought Straw, Blunkett and friends were just paragons of human decency and virtue?
Just as startling are the facts that support the author’s contention that highly diverse societies such as the US suffer from a chronic lack of trust or ‘social capital,’ which in turn results in community dislocation and hence higher crime rates. Furthermore, West argues that any society without a clear sense of nationhood – one where diversity is king – is one that risks falling into separatism, suspicion, segregation and ultimately hostility. West puts forward the examples of Bradford and Leicester as examples of the UK following the US down towards the path of racial segregation:
“A state without a nation, a patch of land, a patch of land inhabited by people with nothing in common except that they share the same geographic coordinates, may function up to a point, but some level of coercion will be needed to keep this society together. Indeed this is what diversity is bringing.”
The more diverse a society becomes the more legislation and coercion from government is required to hold or ‘force’ this fragile society to come together. The more diverse the society, the more intervention from the state. From CCTV to political correctness, this trend towards a police state should make everybody sit up and take note. It’s here. It’s real. There are ‘right’ opinions and ‘wrong’ opinions.
And this he notes is not early 20th century Russia, its 21st century Britain….
Indeed, if nothing else diversity has resulted in ever more legislation, ever more laws, ever more edicts and ultimately more punishment for those who transgress its sanctities. It also produces a staggeringly enormous state-funded industry of advocates and activists who are “financially incentivised to see racism in every criticism of multicultural policy.”
West also bravely points out that despite state-sanctioned coercion people will ultimately choose to live and play with whom they want, also pointing out that very often this just happens to be with those of the same creed or culture. If such behaviour is ‘racist,’ declares West, then it’s patently ridiculous to slur just the white euro-American population as racists. Group affiliation is as old as the hills. Try legislating for that.
The scope of this book is truly impressive. Welfare, education, religion, philosophy – they’re all put under the microscope. The sheer amount of research that has gone into this book is simply astonishing.
Sometimes, as he wades through the hypocrisy and wilfulness of the diversity ideologues, the tone is one of indignation: “To the rich immigration means tango classes, Polish handymen and Thai chefs; to the poor queues, crime and lower wages.”
Anti-Britishness and the current fashion for denigration of the very substantial achievements of western civilisation is explained by way of ‘high-status signifiers.’ Put simply, anti-Britishness has become a fashion statement among an even more elitist group of metropolitan intellectuals and snobs. The irony is of course that it’s a sentiment often not shared by the alleged ‘victims’ of western hegemony. Rather the elitists project their own self-hatred onto such ‘oppressed minority’ groups.
Perhaps however the greatest achievement of this book lies in its sheer honesty. Facts are the inconvenient truths to the champions of diversity. As West himself warns however, facts have little currency in the face of ideologues, especially as they witness their multi-cultural dream crumbling around the universalist utopias they have staked their lives on.
So what do these diversity champions do in the face of rising crime, sectarianism and loss of community cohesion? They lash out. They ridicule. They slander. They brand. They monitor. They sanction. They panic.
Thanks to the multi-culturalism Britain and Europe face a future that is unknowable and a past which has been ridiculed. So where next? The Diversity Illusion will have every beneficiary of the multi-cultural society running for cover.
Each and every one of them from diversity trainers through to caseworkers, fundraisers, lawyers, academics, equal opportunists, Guardian and Independent propagandists, politicians (red, blue or green from Straw to Cameron) through to champions of the ‘oppressed’ and ‘victimised’ such as the discredited children’s advocate Camilla Batmanghelidjh – each and every one will have reason to fear every word, every sentence of a book which exposes an agenda that has nothing to do with Britain and its future but everything to do with self-deception, self-loathing and ultimately self-aggrandizement
On that basis alone I cannot recommend this book highly enough.