by Enza Ferreri
The UK, like so many other Western European countries, has fallen victim to what is called "the tragedy of the commons".
The tragedy of the commons is the reason why, for example, streets are always much dirtier than house floors, and why people behave in and treat public places in ways that they would not dream of repeating at home, like throwing litter on the pavement (the street's "floor").
This is also why green spaces and natural habitats are generally better protected when they have a private owner than when they are "common".
The tragedy of the commons is that, if something belongs to everybody, nobody cares too much about it and looks after it properly because nobody feels that that something is his or hers, really.
The UK's mass, unrestricted immigration has many different causes - and bad policies by politicians who have not taken care of the interests of their people are obviously the main culprit - but it has been made possible by the tragedy of the commons too: considering one's country differently from one's home.
Invading someone else's country is not dissimilar to invading someone else's home.
In the public debate about immigration, which is now (with the exception of that from other EU member states) overwhelmingly illegal, we seem to have forgotten that violating a sovereign country's borders is a crime and an act of aggression.
"Invasion" and "flooding" are considered discourteous words, condemned by political correctness, not to be used in polite company and in public discussions. But in the case of recent immigration from Third World countries to the West they are the only appropriate terms.
National borders exist exactly to protect the citizens from invasions, and when they are violated, especially by large numbers of people and with high frequency, we are literally in the presence of an invasion. There are many forms of invasion, of which the military kind is only one.
But when houses are also invaded, as it happened in the Italian island of Lampedusa, people rebel.
There, illegal economic migrants mostly from Tunisia and Lybia have been arriving on the tiny island between Sicily and North Africa, whose population is less than 6,000, since the beginning of the "Arab Spring" - which, as was correctly predicted by people who know about Islam and the Muslim world, is turning more and more into an icy Winter. In 2011 alone the number of illegals who arrived in Lampedusa was over 60,000 migrants.
Over 60 houses on the small island were devastated by migrants, who forced open doors, defecated on floors and walls, destroyed furniture and everything else they found. They also showed their gratitude to the islanders by burning down the reception centre that was accommodating them, which is now no longer functioning, and by threatening to explode gas cylinders near a petrol pump.
Lampedusa inhabitants have been barricading inside their homes by 7pm, afraid of what could happen to themselves, until they revolted by blocking the entrance to the harbour with a banner: "We are full".
It should not be surprising that people who have broken the law of a country by entering its borders illegally may be more prone to commit other crimes: once taken the first step, the second is easier, and the crime of violating borders is infinitely more serious than parking in a double yellow line.
Until not so long ago, in the 90s, whoever publicly mentioned mass immigration to Britain as a problem to be addressed and solved was immediately called racist.
Now no public figure would dare call bigots the politicians, commentators or ordinary people who express worry about this enormous, seemingly unstoppable juggernaut which is crushing the UK. The evidence and the truth are too huge to ignore.
Nevertheless, this should be a lesson on how easily people can be silenced even when they are belatedly recognized to have been right all along.
I have gone into some details about the situation of Lampedusa and people may think: it's different, it will not happen here (although the London riots of 2011 should be a warning). But it is only a question of numbers and time: the native population of Britain is declining, with deaths being more than births, while immigrant populations, especially the Muslim, are rapidly increasing. If current trends continue, Lampedusa could indeed look like the future of Britain.
England is now already the sixth most densely populated nation in the world and the most crowded in the Western world.
Having 401 people per square kilometre, England is more densely populated than India and China; 6.6 million people now living in England were born outside the UK, 13% of its inhabitants.
Enza Ferreri is an Italian web author, Philosophy graduate and former journalist living in London.
Email: ehg89 at britaingallery dot com
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