London no longer English?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Maverick74, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Maverick74


    John Cleese: London is no longer English city

    FAWLTY Towers legend John Cleese has come under fire after declaring: "London is no longer an English city."

    The comic, 71, said that the mix of cultures had helped the capital win the 2012 Olympics.

    But he added that it can be hard to find an English person and that the "parent culture has dissipated".

    Cleese, who is performing in Sydney, was asked on Australian TV what he thought of last month's riots around the UK.

    He replied: "I'm not sure what's going on in Britain. Let me say this, I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city.

    "That's how they got the Olympics. They said, 'We're the most cosmopolitan city on Earth', but it doesn't feel English.

    "I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the King's Road and say to me, 'Well, where are all the English people?'

    "I love having different cultures around but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you're left thinking, 'What's going on?' "

    The Monty Python star's remarks prompted criticism from Mayor Boris Johnson, who said London's diversity should be "celebrated".

    Labour's Ken Livingstone added: "To stay competitive London must be a global centre of business, culture and innovation, none of which can be achieved without people of all nations working and living here."

    More than a quarter of London's population is from an ethnic minority, and there are 300 languages spoken.
  2. JamesL


    Countries should have a national language and if you want to live or work there, you need to learn it. It was good enough for my grand parents and it didn't stop them from celebrating their own culture. It's the only good thing the French have done in years when they introduced this policy a few years ago..
  3. Lucrum


    Two thumbs up.
  4. Its just another western city nothing more or less.
  5. pspr


    Tell that to the liberals who won't allow the U.S. to adopt English as the national language. Liberals are so stupid <s>some of</s> <s>much of</s> <s>most of</s> all the time.
  6. Bigotry and spreading of hate do not work, did not work, and will not work.
  7. Lucrum


    Neither does stupidity but that doesn't seem to be stopping you.
  8. Mav88


    I wish there were some evidence presented that having 300 languages spoken means a better economy, especially since China doesn't seem to care about diversity.

    It's one of those liberal religious dogmas that gets tossed about and gets accepted prima facie in spite of plenty of examples to the contrary.
  9. Multiculturalism is a nice idea, but an epic failure. The evidence is overwhelming.

    Read the following article about Harvard Professor Robert Putnam’s research and you'll see why.

    "A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life. What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth?"


  10. The history of the Roman empire suggests, you are completely, totally wrong. Carthage, anyone?
    #10     Sep 5, 2011