A report commissioned by the BBC confirms what most of us already knew - that Britain's communities are considerably more fragmented than they were 30 years ago.
Community life in Britain has weakened substantially over the past 30 years, according to research commissioned by the BBC.
Although the article does mention immigration as being a contributory factor, at no time does it mention the thing that would have been the single biggest factor. The policy of multiculturalism. Instead they claim that the major reason for the breakdown of communities is wealth and transport.
Increased wealth and improved access to transport has made it easier for people to move for work, for retirement, for schools, for a new life.
Sorry, but this is speculation. Not only that, but it doesn't explain why people choose to move for "a new life". Retiring to the coast has been part and parcel of our lives for some time before 1971, but more and more younger people are choosing to leave the areas where they grew up and leave behind their friends and families in doing so. Why? No one chooses to make such an upheaval lightly.
They are doing so because the areas they once called home have changed beyond all recognition. Not only are they no longer familiar as part of their past, they are not even familiar as parts of their country. Fuelled by the policy of multiculturalism and driven by immigration, huge swathes of Britain are no longer "British". When people find that they are strangers in their own town they look elsewhere and that is what has driven the "mobility" that the researchers refer to - not wealth.
Living in Slough I can understand that. The only thing that stops me moving is a stubborn refusal to accept that my home town is no longer my own - even though I increasingly feel like the stranger. A walk down the high street confirms that with the proliferation of shopfronts and signs in foreign languages and where the sound of an English voice speaking the English language is increasingly rare.
The thing is, in a sane world this would be taken as confirmation that the multicultural experiment is the complete failure that most of us realise it is. The sensible thing to do would be to reverse the policies that have allowed our communities to become so fractured and return to the sensible policies that once ensured that our society held together. Unfortunately, with our current crop of politicians this is unlikely to happen whether it is a Labour or Tory administration.
Nations are nothing other than the culmination of communities that share an identity, culture and history. It simply is not possible to introduce foreign cultures, alien identities and alternative histories into those communities and expect them to adapt to it. They won't. It is totally unreasonable to expect the majority to change to suit the minority. When forced to do so the majority will leave the community and try to find familiarity elsewhere - either within the nation or outside. The result will be what this report finds - fragmented and broken societies.
This report should be the final nail in the coffin of multiculturalism. It should be seen as the final warning that the only thing to do is return to the predominantly Christian culture that was once the bedrock of the greatest nation on earth. Failure to do so will ultimately lead to the end of this nation as we know it.