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R I P England
on 13 September 2017
David Abbott’s Dark Albion, a title which is a contradiction in colour terms (black and white) and with a subtitle, A Requiem for the English, which reveals the book’s thesis, is a highly personal diatribe against mass immigration to Britain and against Muslim immigration in particular. Abbott, who describes himself as “a gor-blimey Cockney,” is apparently a former football journalist from a working-class background. As a native Londoner, he objects vehemently to the transformation of the capital and country by postwar migration, to the demographic and cultural changes which have made much of London unrecognisable to him, now a member of a vanishing minority in some areas of the city.
His writing style is often highly emotive and has much of the amateur about it, sometimes substituting assertion for argument and, where evidence is provided, not documenting it professionally so that an interested reader could check the sources. Combined with a degree of overstatement and raw language, all of this weakens Abbott’s presentation of his position. The final section, a dystopian vision of England under Muslim rule in 2066, reads like trash fiction.
On the other hand, when he relies more on investigative journalism and the facts that confirms, Abbott convincingly presents some compelling case histories of corruption and hostility to native English institutions and culture. Chapters on characters such as Baronesses Uddin and Warsi, Keith Vaz and Ali Dizaei, and on native politicians such as Jack Straw, Ken Livingstone and Denis MacShane, do make disturbing reading, though Abbott’s presumption that such cases are widely representative requires further evidence. Criticism of immigration policy under Blair’s New Labour seems fairly mainstream.
Dark Albion is something of an amateur production which will incense some readers and delight others, but which, however erratically, confirms that the concerns of the native population of the UK about the effects of mass migration are not without foundation. More professional texts, such as Douglas Murray’s Strange Death of Europe, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel, significantly, written by an immigrant, confirm both substantial cause for concern and that the problems are now present throughout Western Europe. I would not recommend Dark Albion as a first-choice text on the issue of mass migration but, as a personal statement of the anger and worry now common among Western Europeans, whose wishes have been ignored, Abbott’s book is informative and interesting, and a useful supplement to more measured statements of the case against mass migration.