To use the argument that the population of Britain originated from waves of immigration to justify the present day unsustainable figures is disingenuous, as it is entirely a matter of scale.
What is now referred to as Ancient Britain was a peninsula of Europe, until a tsunami, triggered by gigantic landslides in Norway, flooded its land-links to Europe some 8,000 years ago, creating the Irish Sea, North Sea and the Channel.
At which time, Britain became an island nation, home to a population of about 5,000 hunter-gatherers. Since when the British population has indeed been increased by immigration.
Last Century immigration into the British Isles from war-torn Europe, and ex-colonial countries (a topic at the heart of Sanden Grevelle’s new novel ‘They Couldn’t Have Known’) increased to new levels.
Today pressures generated within the European Union and in the war-torn Middle East are triggering unprecedented levels of immigration.
In the 1960’s the ground breaking *‘Limits to Growth’ and other publications clearly established the limits to growth within any ‘closed’ system, which the ‘Blue Planet’ clearly is.
Then came a strange hiatus of about 40 years, in which any idea of limits to growth in a closed system fell out of the headlines. During which an environmental optimism seemed to dominate.
Whereas now, the limits to growth in a closed system appear to be being rediscovered.
Today, the heady talk of a population of 70+ million for the British Isles in the not too distant future is disturbing on the basis of purely environmental issues, let alone the far more dangerous cultural ones that nobody dare mention anywhere. Including here.
* 40 years “LIMITS TO GROWTH” | THE CLUB OF ROME …
The Limits to Growth – The Donella Meadows Institute
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