It is a language that we have exported worldwide, it has become the primary language in many sectors, it is the international language of business and Aviation, however, in just 12 short years of New Labour policies, the nation that this international language derives from is on the brink of obscurity.
This present government, with the merest of whimpers from opposition parties, has systematically destroyed this once proud nation, have used every card in the book to further that aim, indeed the Minister of Justice, Jack Straw who is famously quoted as saying: “The English are not worth saving as a race”, now looks as if his wish is quickly becoming fact.
Politically sustained efforts to eradicate England from the minds and thoughts of politicos, new European maps no longer show the English speaking United Kingdom with England as a nation, merely a series of regions of a larger new Empire, which is eagerly echoed by our TV companies and newspapers, where international conferences no longer show England as being a represented nation.
And now figures released yesterday reveal that as many as 14 per cent of our primary school children – one in seven – speak English only as a second language, if at all. That’s up from 11 per cent in just five years.
Yet even those jaw-dropping figures belie the true scale of the problem. There are schools in some areas with high immigrant populations where barely a handful of children speak English as their mother tongue. In one, 56 different languages are spoken.
But the pressures caused by mass immigration under New Labour go far beyond mere practical difficulties in administering our public services.For it’s not only language but culture and tradition – the very essence of nationhood – that divides the growing numbers of new arrivals from the indigenous population.
Indeed, it was our shared history and sense of identity (including an instinctive patriotism) which for centuries made Britain one of the most easy-to-govern nations on Earth. It meant freedom could flourish here. But how much longer?
The bitter truth is that New Labour never understood what makes a nation a nation. With its profound ignorance of history and love of modernity, the party imported the alien concept of universal human rights (thereby crushing many of our ancient British liberties) and the wholly devisive concept of diversity, while throwing open the nation’s borders to all-comers.
Result? We’re a country that’s rapidly losing its sense of identity – more a random collection of disparate peoples than a nation with shared beliefs.
When history comes to be written, that will be the true legacy of the Labour years.