"For the salad to be delicious, no ingredient should predominate and impose its flavour on the others. Even as culinary metaphor, this view is wrong: every cook knows that not every ingredient blends with every other. But the spread and influence of an idea is by no means necessaraly proportional to its intrinsic worth, including (perhaps especially) among those who gain their living playing with ideas, the intelligentia."
Dalrymples argument har förstås inte det minsta med hudfärg att göra. I vårt nya Europa, där multikulturen är högsta påbjudna ideologi, måste vi konfrontera den sortens missförstånd. Dalrymple skriver klargörande i ämnet:
"Britishness has been a cultural, not a racial or biological, concept with the tradition of tolerance, compromise, civility, gentlemanly reserve, respect for privacy, individuality (evident as far back as Chaucer´s time), a ready acceptance of and even affection for eccentricity, a belief in the rule of law, a profound sense of irony and a desire for fair play: in short, the common decensy that Orwell wrote of so eloquently."
|Dalrymple i Köpenhamn. Foto: Snaphanen, maj 2012.|