The history of the British Isles, surprisingly to some, is one of assimilation and acceptance of different races and cultures. Even that most quintessential of English customs the Morris Dance is reputed to derive from the “Moorish” dancing of North Africa.

Unfortunately, the danger of this acceptance, an attitude that makes Britain great, is that our own cultural identity slowly gets watered down and lost. In recent years it has also seemed that we are more interested in helping new immigrants to this country to retain their culture whilst neglecting our own.

Before I get accused of racism, nationalism or a host of other “isms” (an overreaction that has been detrimental to British culture), I fully support newcomers to this country retaining their cultural identity and customs. In some ways our country is better for it. But to lose our own cultural identity would be as wrong as trying to make them give up theirs.

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