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Britain: the country of Mohammed

17 August 2012

17 August 2012

With apologies to his Royal Highness, the most popular boy’s name isn’t Harry –  in spite of what you will have read in the papers this week. It’s Mohammed, under various spellings. The Guardian hasn’t even worked this out, in spite of its pretty data table. Table 6 on the ONS results shows: some 8,018 baby Mohammeds came kicking and screaming into the world last year, well clear of Harry (7,523) and Oliver (7,007) Harry had his turn, and John was the most popular name for decades. We are now living in the age of Mohammed, a name that has been growing (on average) for 5 per cent a year. Here’s the trajectory.

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Does this matter? Not to me. Muslims are about 5 per cent of the UK population, they tend to have larger families and tend not to call their kids names like Xeus and Conan. So the Mohammed phenomenon, whereby it’s now the no1 name in quite a few European countries, cannot really be seen as some kind of Islamic hegemony. And who is the most famous Mohammed in Britain? Our new national hero, the Somali-born Mo Farah. When he held up the Union flag after winning his second gold, did many people think it was an incongruous sight?

Britain is, in my view, the most tolerant nation on earth and has adjusted very quickly to what was, over the Labour years, the biggest immigration influx in recorded history. Our political class has not adjusted as well, and seems unable to talk plainly about immigration. For example: the demographic implications of mass immigration are compounded by the expected higher birth rate. Failure to discuss immigration then means failure to provide enough school places now. And failure to discuss housing policy, places for GP surgeries etc. Yet all too often, politicians confuse concerns about all of this with racism. As I wrote for the Daily Telegraph, racism is dying a death in modern Britain. We are the country whose national dish is vindaloo, a country where Mohammed is the most popular boy’s name and the most popular sporting hero.


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  • http://bornagainagnostoc.blogspot.co.uk/ Steven underwood

    I am not person who is overly bothered by immigration per se – what bothers me is that many Muslims, particularly those from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Somalia, want to have their cake and eat it. They live in the UK (and remember many are third generation) and many make use of its privileges and rights – yet they also want to live by their own traditions and culture – values that are at odds with a tolerant and democratic society. Jews, Hindus, Sikhs etc. have come to the UK and just get on with it – many have become the haves of society. Whereas we find Muslims have a tendency to desire special treatment and to live in ghettos. Moreover Muslims are massively over-represented in our prisons and (esp. those of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin) our benefits’ system.

    Clearly there is something different about Muslims than other immigrants – I would suggest this is bound up in culture and religion. There is something about conservative religion than tends to result in the very opposite of what it’s supposed to do on the label (cf. Bible Belt America – conservative Christianity, high church attendance, socially conservative values, liberalism is an anathema (and there is a punitive and ‘skinny’ welfare state) yet it leads the Western world in divorce, teen pregnancy, violent crime, murder, incarceration, social inequality, poor educational attainment, high rates of single parent families etc.). I would suggest this is because the emphasis is on outward appearances – and scapegoats.

    Whatever, we are now faced with a problem that won’t go away – and I believe it IS a problem that will get worse. It’s time for a decision – do you want to be British or not…? If the answer is the latter, then we should not be pandering to the wants of those who want the benefits of life in the democratic and tolerant UK but don’t what to be OF the UK.

  • Andy Gill

    Oh Fraser! Of course the Guardian has worked out that if you combine the various spellings, Mohammed is the most popular name. The BBC has worked it out too.

    But for political reasons they dare not report it. They know that to do so would be an admission that immigration has got out of control, and that the UK has begun its long march towrds Islamification

  • Daniel Maris

    Nelson is like his namesake, only on this occasion it’s: “I see no Sharia”.

  • 2trueblue

    I don’t care where people come from, but I do care when people come to this country that they accept that the culture of the country is the culture of that country, and that they respect it; that the language of that country is what they and their family members should expect to be able to speak and represent themselves in without the adopted country supplying interpreters.
    You should not expect the host country to change their way of life to suit yours. Respect goes both ways, but under Blair we had PC to deal with and it all went haywire. Tolerance is fine but where does it end? Name me a country where the the tax payer is expected to pay for the provisions of interpreters for parents evenings, health meetings, legal meetings to name a few ? There is something very wrong when the person who has chosen to come and live amongst you dictates that you provide a higher level of services to them, than is enjoyed by those who have lived here all their lives and is expected to pay for.
    I just don’t get it. As for vindaloo being the national dish, do not believe everything you read in the newspapers, or hear on the telly!

  • 2trueblue

    I don’t care where people come from, but I do care when people come to this country that they accept that the culture of the country is the culture of that country, and that they respect it; that the language of that country is what they and their family members should expect to be able to speak and represent themselves in without the adopted country supplying interpreters.
    You should not expect the host country to change their way of life to suit yours. Respect goes both ways, but under Blair we had PC to deal with and it all went haywire. Tolerance is fine but where does it end? Name me a country where the the tax payer is expected to pay for the provisions of interpreters for parents evenings, health meetings, legal meetings to name a few ? There is something very wrong when the person who has chosen to come and live amongst you dictates that you provide a higher level of services to them, than is enjoyed by those who have lived here all their lives and is expected to pay for.
    I just don’t get it. As for vindaloo being the national dish, do not believe everything you read in the newspapers, or hear on the telly!

  • Austin Barry

    As the comments on this post show, most sentient and reasonable people are simply and profoundly depressed by this creeping conquest by those who believe we are beneath contempt. Fraser is, paradoxically, a sadly confused contrarian aligned only with the suicidal elite.

  • simone.s

    I didn’t know Mo Farrah was “Mohammed”.
    I suspect he shortened the name to integrate. Good for him.

    He’s also assimilated by marrying a non-Muslim British woman.

    Not your typical Muslim then.

  • Jo

    As always race and religion become confused. Most people now don’t have problems with race or colour but do have enormous problems with a medieval religion with its imported cargo – honour killings, sexism, homophobia …..the list is enormous. If, 30-40 years ago, ridiculous concessions had not been made to ‘culture’ leading to many ignoring a Law which had been built up over thousands of years we would not be left with the state we’re in with too many now feeling like they are living in a foreign country – actually even more than foreign as they would not feel like this in another European country.

  • Austin Barry

    “As I wrote for the Daily Telegraph, racism is dying a death in modern Britain. We are the country whose national dish is vindaloo, a country where Mohammed is the most popular boy’s name and the most popular sporting hero.”

    Racism isn’t the issue, Fraser. It’s Islam, a non-racial death cult which wants us to either submit or die. Your effete, supine, suicidal complacency unhappily represents the true voice of our ruling elite. Anyone else contemplating world events will see one name hovering over the battalions of corpses like a satisfied blow-fly: Mohammed.

    • Daniel Maris

      Yes, Austin – brilliant post. I think the problem for Fraser is that he’s fully signed up to the Dinner Party Party that really rules this country. And as you probably realise you don’t get invited back if you use phrases like “non-racial death cult” at the dining table even if you can back up the statement with several tomes-worth of evidence. I feel it is very tragic that the editor of the Spectator – which really ought to be a voice for the people on this – is flunking this test so badly.

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