Wednesday, 18 May 2016


"The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there," is the famous opening sentence of The Go Between, a 1953 novel by the English novelist, L.P. Hartley. It is used to set up a flashback to 50 years before, and to reflect on the changes in English culture and manners wrought by two world wars and the torrent of modernity.

But, such is the corrosive power of contemporary multiculturalism that the gap between the two Englands referred to in Hartley's novel seems trivial compared to that between the England of today and the England of five decades ago. But, as Granville Thorndyke observes in this elegiac video, it is no longer the past that is the foreign country. The foreign country is that which is presently being foisted on all of us, indigenous Briton and alien incomer alike. It is that country that must be destroyed, so that the past can advance to the future (instead of regressing to some bastardized medieval past), and England be once again England.


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