His xenophobic opinion.
Do you live in London? I live in Finsbury Park and on my journey to work I don't hear more than one English accent. Go to Camden - good luck finding an English accent there either. Does this make me a racist to simply report the truth? I don't bemoan it, I love living in London. If I didn't like it I would leave! But let's tell the truth here - England is the place that exists outside London. Inside London there is little to point to you being in England at all. Plonk an alien down in the centre of London and ask him what country he thinks he's in and you won't find England as an answer.
Again, I'm not complaining about this. I love the cultural variety of London. But to call someone a racist because they say England has lost some of its national identity is offensive.
I say let in as many people as we can fit in - but don't tell me it won't mean England loses some of itself.
Btw, for the first time ever I've written NME a letter. I'll read it through again and post it here later.
Absolutely, it's the downside of instant communication, lightning-fast travel, multinational corporations. We're all getting homogenized. 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.
He's a writer. Sometimes he's just telling a story.
But where I live now there are only white English people save a couple of Indian families and they own the Indian restaurants so i really don`t feel that England has lost its identitiy.