Letter From London

Tony Blair's regime manages to be simultaneously comic and tragic, with a slight tilt toward tragedy. The government is made up of chinless Christian Socialists, Anglophobe Scots, aggrieved proletarians, shrewish women, and militant homosexuals—most of whom seem to detest each other. The members of the Cabinet all have grandiose schemes, which tend toward unfeasibility and never work out as planned. It's all very Gilbert and Sullivan.

But this ragtag collection of bores and monomaniacs is now in charge of a real country (thanks to the foolishness of a few thousand swing voters in key constituencies in 1997), and their personal differences fade into insignificance in their joint determination to do away with the last vestiges of British independence, integrity, and identity. The latest skirmish in their inchoate campaign of Anglocide is the Parekh Report.

In February 1998, Home Secretary Jack Straw created the 24-member Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. The Commission is a subdivision of the Runnymede Trust, a race relations brain trust named—perhaps humorously—after one of the most important places in England, the Thames side meadow where the Magna Carta was signed. The Commission was charged with devising ways in which relations between indigenous Britons and postwar immigrants could be improved, in a formerly placid country that has begun to feel severe intestinal pains thanks...

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