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As London luvvies belittle knife crime, white families vote with their feet


IN AN insensitively timed opinion piece in the London Standard, Martha Gill declared that London’s crime figures are nothing to worry about. Killings are tragic, she admitted, but the capital city has a slightly lower rate of stabbings than in Birmingham. This casuistry appeared in the same edition which reported on the police hunt following a brutal knife attack at Beckenham a few days before. 

The victim, trapped on a suburban train between stops, could not escape. His assailant, a tall, well-built black man (shown leaving the scene wearing a blue face mask), stabbed him eight times, leaving him in a critical condition. The Standard report ended with detail of a double stabbing at an underground station. 

The more ‘cultural enrichment’ (a favourite phrase of mayor Sadiq Khan) in London, the more the city is perceived by the host community as unsafe. For privileged white middle-class liberals such as Martha Gill, who probably travel around town by private car or taxi rather than upper decks of buses or railway carriages, concerns about crime are a right-wing trope, with hints of racism. Murder, knife crime and sexual assault are of course troubling for people of any ethnicity or culture, but for the declining proportion of white Britons the city has become an alienating if not hostile environment. 

I picked up that copy of the Standard on my way home from a football match, where I had several conversations with Millwall supporters, who have mostly moved far from the former docklands area. In the past, many Londoners moved to the seaside on retirement, but now (sometimes facilitated by working from home), they are getting out as soon as they can, to Hertfordshire, Kent or anywhere outside Khan’s fiefdom. A common theme is cultural security: many white families leaving Greater London want to children to be brought up in a place that feels like home. One Millwall fan told me that he is the only white resident in his block of flats, and he won’t be staying for much longer.

Looming over The Den, Millwall’s ground in Bermondsey, a 40-storey tower is under construction. Such buildings are for a way of life common to the Far East and other parts of the world which is becoming the norm in London. The eventual occupants will almost all be foreigners. Indeed, seven years ago on TCW  I wrote on the threatened removal of Millwall FC for a council regeneration scheme (a plan withdrawn after local outrage). The authorities like such development because it is the easiest way to fulfil ever-rising housing targets while preparing an increasing proportion of citizens for the Smart City agenda of surveillance and energy control.   

Since the pseudo-pandemic, when London was closed for work, leisure and tourism, the city has never fully revived. In midweek it’s a ghost town. Famous old pubs are struggling or closing as streets that were previously busy in the evening are quiet. This is partly because there are fewer workers coming to the office, but also the more significant trend of demographic replacement. Muslims and African incomers do not use our pubs, and so their custom disappears with the acceleration of white flight. 

Judged by action rather than words, the Conservative administration cannot get enough immigrants into the country, whether by ‘small boats’ or legal routes. MPs complain about risks to their safety from angry constituents, while their de facto policy of open borders makes life unsafe for ordinary people. London, a city of ten million, is now two-thirds non-white British, and the same is happening in other towns and cities across the land. This leads to two questions: why are they doing this? And why does the host community allow such wanton destruction of its homeland?  

At a dinner party, the likes of Martha Gill would surely be quick to denounce any suggestion that London has become less safe due to the migrant influx and Balkanisation of communities. It’s all wonderful multiculturalism from where she looks. For ordinary people, being accused of racism is so damaging that it is easier to just leave and let the luvvies get on with their delusion. 

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