Morrissey vs NME: Mozgate Part II:
True, these are modern atrocities and are pan-global (for shame), I think Mr. Reynolds was asking for (apologies if I've got this wrong), for the defining features of the Britain not in days of yore, but as recently as 20 years ago. I think. In which case I'll stick with my list posted somewhere above here.
Again - it seems you suggest English cultural identity only arises out of opposition. Is that it???
America doesn't seem to mind so much because we're used to changing like that. We're used to assimilation. But no one likes having a new neighbor tell you how to dress, eat, drive- or think. In America, the newcomers have changed, not forced change to happen. But when the rate of new residents' arrival is so high, change is forced on the new home.
I'm kind of glad I don't have a hometown, or even a home state. Everything is change to me.
You're right. The reason why is...well, I hate to say this, but for once I agree with Theo. America is a young nation founded on ideals rather than a narrow band of racial or tribal identities. Words moreso than blood. That's a good thing, but I can appreciate the uniqueness of the nations that aren't built on our model. The most disgusting thing about the Iraq war is that the administration proposed to win the longterm battle by opening up Iraq to Wild West capitalism. Bullets were to rid the world of Saddam but iPods and Big Macs would secure their hearts and minds. That's not exactly my idea of Utopia.
But if you think this America vaguely resembles the America our nation's architects had in mind, I urge you to read the work of Samuel Adams and The Sons of Liberty. Or better yet, read the Constitution. But I get your point.
"There is obviously a need for debate around taboo issues like immigration."
"We're not in the mood to play into grey areas"
(Haven't read the thread)
Let's face it, the chances of Moz learning Italian and compromising his Englishness in any way are zero, so why he should expect Muslims to speak like John Geilgud or dress like characters in Oliver is f***ing beyond me.