LETTER: Migration good for our species

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Alf Garnett may have disappeared from our TV screens, but the attitudes the character was meant to mock live on.

Edward Thomas [Letters, May 13] is incensed that London is now only 45 per cent ‘white indigenous’ and that our ‘culture’ is being diluted. What, exactly, is indigenous, though? Was there some red-eyed race of albinos living here, before the first wave of migrants came, at the end of the last Ice Age?

The ‘Wessex Overlords’, the ‘Beaker Folk’, the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings, the Normans ... none were indigenous. Our present Royal Family is not indigenous. What is so wonderful about being pure-bred indigenous anyway? All the evidence is that it is a weakness, not a strength. Long-term, migration is good for our species and in-breeding is bad for it.

Similarly, culture is enriched by new ideas and impoverished by isolation. If you stripped away all that is not indigenous, little would be left. Even Morris dancing comes from abroad and so do the alphabet and number system printed on every page of this very paper.

What would there be left to take pride in, if the real-life Alf Garnetts ejected everything that did not meet their standards of ethnic and cultural purity?

Martin Hillman

and David Ellis

Hawks Road, Hailsham

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