IPPR is closely aligned with the brit Labour party and is ideologically left of center. They have identified in britain a trend that is happening all over europe now. A trend towards identity politics that really represents a public rejection of the ideology of mass immigration. To address this IPPR put forward the idea that the political establishment should embrace a limited, 'positive' form of identity politics- to a certain extent this has already been happening in britian.
Where has this been heard before? Well on p.ie there are plenty pushing the idea that the Easter Rising narrative is a "negative version of Irishness" and that "Irishness" or Irish identity must make way for newer, competing identities and cultures...The new essay ‘More than one English Question’ by ippr’s Michael Kenny and Guy Lodge argues that mainstream politicians also need to counter parties like the BNP by challenging the negative version of Englishness they seek to promote. Increasingly far right groups try to persuade voters, particularly in working class areas, that English traditions are being deliberately overlooked and marginalised by politicians and public authorities...
ippr argues that part of the reason why far right groups have been able to make these claims is because the major political parties have been reluctant to recognise and engage with a stronger sense of Englishness that has emerged in recent years...
ippr’s Kenny and Lodge recommend that:
- Public authorities should do more to ensure the ‘recognition’ of English identity, for example through promoting St George’s day as a day of public celebration in England
- Mainstream politicians have a key role in challenging the hijacking of the Cross of St George by the far-right
- Government policy should concentrate on improving the economic opportunities of those living in our most deprived communities.
What "problems" does IPPR identified with this "negative Englishness" identity?
This is probably the first acknowledgment I have read (from IPPR) that mass immigration has screwed up britain. However, reading over the list its clear to me that each and every one of those problems can be squarely attributed to mass immigration, issues of englargement/globalization, and the utterly chaotic and haphazard way in which it has taken place. The same is happening in Ireland now...In some of our poorest communities Englishness is associated with resentment and fear, itself a reaction to the pace of social and economic change. These changes have had major impacts upon some of the outer London boroughs, on major urban areas in the North West and Yorkshire, and in many of our major cities. These factors include:
- the shift from employment based on manufacturing to the new services economy – and rising unemployment in the recession
- the decline of the infrastructure and ethos of community in some areas
- a pervasive shortage of housing
- unprecedented levels of immigration in some parts of the country
- a wider sense that these communities are ignored and derided by the political mainstream.
I would prefer Ireland learn from the mistakes of britain instead of repeating them. I would prefer Ireland does not see widespread public disorder like in Luton 2009. So the political class needs to address the problem of mass immigration from the EU now before the breakingpoint britain has reached is reached here. Five or ten years from now do we really want Ireland to be in the complete mess britain, the netherlands, norway, denmark are in now with a far right parties either in power or knocking on the doors of power?