"The central argument of [Steyn`s book ] America Alone is that culture trumps economics: Even assuming there was a modest economic benefit to mass immigration, would you be willing to lose your country for it? In order to keep a handful of mills open, would you want your Yorkshire town to adopt Mirpuri practices of cousin marriage and a rate of congenital birth defects to match? Had the political class put it like that in the Sixties, there`s no doubt what the answer would have been. "[Links added]
"It almost passes belief that at this moment twenty or thirty additional immigrant children are arriving from overseas in Wolverhampton alone every week—and that means fifteen or twenty additional families of a decade or two hence. Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population.
It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. "
Which doesn`t, of course, mean that Steyn is wrong—the rest of of Britain`s political class made a decision to ignore Powell`s warning and condemn him for having uttered it. He predicted that, too:
"Above all, people are disposed to mistake predicting troubles for causing troubles and even for desiring troubles: "if only", they love to think, "if only people wouldn`t talk about it, it probably wouldn`t happen". Perhaps this habit goes back to the primitive belief that the word and the thing, the name and the object, are identical."