By Max Musson:
I don’t like to publicly criticise celebrities, but sometimes celebrities make statements apparently demonstrating sympathy with the genuine concerns of the ordinary people of this country, but in such a mealy mouthed fashion that they do more harm than good by creating confusion.
The ex-soccar playing film star Vinnie Jones is in the news currently following an interview in the Radio Times Magazine, in which he ‘lambasts’ his native Britain as being “past it’s sell-by date”.
“There’s nothing to come back to here,” the star of the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels has declared.
“To me, England is past its sell-by date. It’s not the country I grew up in. It’s a European country now. If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane in LA, and you landed at Heathrow and they took it off, you wouldn’t have a clue where you were.”
He added: “I just think we should get our own house in order before we open our doors. It’s mind-boggling to me.”
These remarks have been interpreted by most media commentators as expressing dismay that ‘England’ has been transformed by immigration to such an extent that it is no longer recognisable, and while this is true of many parts of England, primarily London and most of the large towns and cities of Britain, the over-riding nature of the transformation that has taken place can hardly be described as ‘European’ in character.
Clearly, the nature of the transformation that has taken place in those parts of Britain that have been most affected by immigration, is primarily non-European.
There are a substantial number Eastern European immigrants, primarily Polish immigrants, who have come to Britain in recent years, but these Eastern European immigrants have in the main been the least disturbing and the least ‘transformative’ in that they are racially White and are of an ethnicity that is, of all of the ethnic groups immigrating into Britain, culturally one of the least different to our own indigenous culture.
Could it be that Vinnie Jones has a particular dislike of continental Europeans and people from Eastern Europe in particular – a dislike so severe that it causes him to completely overlook other aspects of the real transformation of substantial parts of England and in particular the area around Heathrow Airport?
Vinnie no longer lives in Britain and has apparently taken up residence in Mullholland Drive, in Hollywood Hills district, just north of central Hollywood. This part of Los Angeles is home to the second largest metropolitan Jewish community in the world, a Jewish population that is primarily Ashkenazi, i.e. central and eastern European in origin and so it would be strangely inconsistent if Vinnie’s dislike of the ‘transformation’ of England is based upon a profound dislike of people from central and eastern Europe.
Furthermore, in October 2012, Vinnie hit the headlines over an incident in which he was videoed, and appeared to be kissing a 26 year-old female Russian singer named Lama Safonova, rather too passionately for his wife’s liking.
It would appear therefore that Vinnie’s dislike of the transformation of England is not primarily related to any ‘European’ aspect of that transformation, unless of course, decimal currency and the metric system of measurement weigh particularly heavily in his estimation?
Vinnie’s statements do not appear to make sense, unless of course, his references to the ‘Europeanisation of England’, something which clearly hasn’t happened, are in reality ‘fig-leaf’ statements expressing an as yet unspoken dislike of some other profound aspect of immigration into Britain that Vinnie feels unable to express publicly?
It would be so refreshing if for once a celebrity had the courage to actually speak out clearly and uncompromisingly.
Come on Vinnie, spit it out!
By Max Musson © 2013
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