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on 25 September 2016
A heartfelt plea to apply the brakes to an out of control theory that is storing up social conflict even as it presents itself as the solution to such conflict.
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on 19 November 2016
Very good read.
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on 26 October 2016
Everyone should read this and believe it.
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on 25 September 2013
This book will upset those who champion immigration as 'a good thing' by definition and refuse to accept any other viewpopint. It looks at the history of immigration into the UK and explodes a few politically convenient myths along the way. It asks some serious questions about the real reasons why there was a dramatic increase (by historical standards) after 2000 and whether or not sufficient thought was given to the social and cultural implications for the country, for the indigenous population and for the immigrants themselves.
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on 2 March 2014
This is one of those books that probably most needs to be read by the sort of people least likely to touch it.

However even for those already sceptical about the virtues of multiculturalism, diversity and mass immigration there is plenty in here to think about. Ed West examines the dogmas and platitudes associated with diversity and repeatedly finds that the virtues are often merely assumed rather than tested. The costs of immigration have generally been ignored or attributed to the bigotry of those who bear them.

The author is adept at drawing on different areas of research from social psychology to economics to support the claims he makes. A reader wouldn't have to agree with everything he says to become better informed about the issue.

One of the most illuminating chapters was about the rise in authoritarianism that has accompanied multiculturalism- we have for example effectively reintroduced blasphemy law by the back door in order to maintain the harmony between different religious groups. This should not have surprised anyone who is familiar with how ethnic tensions are kept under wraps in India, Singapore or any other ethnically divided country but none of the advocates of mass immigration seem to have seen it coming.

The tone of the book is important too, immigration sceptics are frequently characterised as ignorant and angry racists who dislike people who are different to them. The calm yet good humoured writing along with the solid grounding in facts makes it difficult to portray the Diversity Illusion in this way.
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on 23 February 2017
In the opinion of this reviewer, 'The Diversity Illusion' is a well written, brave and well balanced discussion on a highly controversial issue and probably the most difficult problem confronting the UK as it prepares to exit from the EU. As can be seen from some of the other reviews, the author risks incurring the hysterical anger of the Liberal Left and the stereotypical insults of the politically correct brigade. Yet he argues reasonably and consistently throughout this book that there is nothing wrong per se with immigration unless when it becomes unmeasured or worse still, uncontrollable in which case it can quickly spiral into a very serious problem indeed. In this regard, it is interesting to note that Adolf Hitler is believed to have been among the first to recognize the potential for weaponising uncontrolled immigration as an effective means of destroying the nation state. However, even to suggest such a possibility seems to be unacceptable in certain quarters. The current situation in Britain is such that the illusion is so strong that every type of diversity is to be encouraged except that of opinion itself.

In 14 or so chapters, Ed West makes a strong case that the benefits of ethnic diversity or multiculturalism are overstated if forced upon an indigenous population too quickly and cites many examples from history to substantiate his point. He argues that It is quite clear that an unfettered influx of newcomers into the UK is bound to cause all sorts of very practical difficulties and strains upon its infrastructure including everything from education (not enough teachers) to excessive demands on the National Health Service. It is worth bearing in mind that South East England is after all one of the most densely populated areas in the World with the most congested roads in Western Europe. Personally, I find it useful to think of these matters in terms of a common sense analogy. If we consider a household as analogous to the desirable country into which immigration is flowing and immigrants themselves as comparable to a valuable asset such as the water supply, then it should be clear that where that inflow is controlled through a system of values and taps, such an asset is highly useful, if not vital. If, however, a rupture within the domestic piping occurs, then the sudden and uncontrolled injection of water into the home can threaten to flood the property and destroy it completely. To pursue the analogy further, the sensible thing to do, under such circumstances, is to turn off the water supply off via a stop cock at the rising main. And then, to assess the mess and take the necessary repair and remedial action. This of course is the equivalent in political terms of the UK's breaking free of the EU and taking back control of its borders.

One of the many interesting points that the author makes in this book is that the present trend against anti-racism is paradoxically likely to lead, in the fullness of time, to its very increase. This can be witnessed already in the rise in popularity of the extreme right throughout Europe. Ed West points out that human beings are fallible creatures who cannot be compelled by law to become perfect, to love, let alone not to hate others on some political whim or fashion. He argues that the problem of tribal conflict is not some much one of race as lack of trust. People are simply more inclined to accept those who look like them, speak the same language and share a common cultural and historical background. This is an universal fact of human nature despite what fantasists, with all their good intentions, may have to say to the contrary.
Highly recommended unless you don't happen to see things this way; at least it will give you something to rant about!

Christopher Garfield Allen is a retired Technical Author and now a crime writer. All of his books are available through Amazon including his latest novel: Reality Shaper: The Quantum Detective
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on 24 June 2013
This book asks one major question: is it racist to oppose further mass immigration? They title tells us what the author thinks, but he puts his case in a reasoned way, even if he does stretch some of his arguments to breaking point. This issue divides society more than any other, but is rarely discussed openly. People will have their own views, but the author provides some unexpected starting points for a reasoned debate.
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on 9 January 2017
It should be pointed out that this book is about cultural diversity, not genetic. It is not about how we can or should limit the gene pool of the UK, but why it is in everybody's interests (except perhaps the richest 10,000 in the country) to limit immigration and to practice cultural assimilation. It is a sharp critique of multiculturalism, and a sharper one of bi-cultural societies (eg Bradford, following in the footsteps of Northern Ireland).

To the rich, immigration and multicultralism means lower wages, lower taxes and greater power and wealth - to the middle classes it's Thai food and cheap nannies, but to the working majority it's not a good thing. Voters who actually live cheek by jowl with those of very different beliefs, and compete with them for jobs (ie not the skilled or rich) voted for Brexit and Trump. This explains why...

Sadly an anti-racism thought police (who have overseen a rise in racism and racist violence due to their misguided efforts) have been falling over themselves to label the thinking in this book as racist, which it is not.
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on 4 August 2014
It's as if someone read my mind and wrote a book. I am happy with controlled immigration and I am married to a new immigrant from another culture. With controlled immigration England could gain so much but with uncontrolled immigration England is losing everything. Many people these days speak of culture but it seems they only value it if it is non-white etc. As a visitor to England I can say that English traditional culture is as beautiful and special as any. Any who are ashamed of their Englishness, history and traditions don't deserve to live there (native or new immigrant!).
One memory in England of this was there was a garbage man who was told to stop wearing a St George bandana because it was a divisive symbol. Absolutely appalling and would never happen in in another country that you can't wear your own country's symbol. The man was a West-Indian by the way.
This ridiculous way of thinking isn't just in England though. Some years ago a colleague of mine said he visited my home town. He despised it because it was "too white". I thought to myself would he dare say something similar if he went to Africa? As in England where I live the biggest supporters of diversity tend to live in the trendy, least diverse suburbs.
As this book states there can be no open discussion on any topic like this, our world has gone mad and I can't see it changing.
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on 18 July 2013
The Diversity Illusion covers the topic of mass immigration into Great Britain from every possible angle. It is very well researched and the tone of the book is calm and logical, never hysterical or alarmist for the sake of it. The author explains why the indigenous population will be in the minority in the later half of this century and how and why we have come to this situation. There are many facts and figures in this book which will surprise the reader. Most importantly, Ed West debunks the myth that immigration is good for the economy, and that in fact, it does not make a jot of difference. Immigration damages the working poor and has enabled the government to sidestep the issues of welfare dependency and low pay. It has also made Britain more segregated and divided.

If you are interested in this issue - read this book. It is a real eye-opener and will leave the reader well informed on this very important topic.
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