The British are brave people. They can face anything, except reality. You can tell them that they have lost an Empire an that they are slowly sliding out of the first eleven of countries: that is obvious. But you cannot tell them—so don't—that they are being colonosed themselves.
They are being colonised by rival powers. First of all, the seem to have become a colony of Saudi Arabia. Sometimes, looking at certain districts of London, you would think that there can be no more Arabs left in Riyadh. There must be more sheikhs in the London casinos than in all of Jeddah. During the hot, long summer of 1976 the country was actually being turned into a desert, with a few oases here and there. We have even got the oil—as befits a country which other countries want to colonise.
The Indians, too, are getting even with the British. Small trade—as a first step—is being taken over by Indians and Pakistanis. In Fulham, where I live, one shop after another has passed into Indian hands: the newsagent's, the grocer's, the greengrocer's, the small post office, the chemist and so on. I am not sure that the Indians were so pleased when we took over their land but I, personally, am delighted by their turning Fulham into an Indian colony, with my television-repairer as its viceroy.
The small, dingy English grocer-shop has become a splendid little supermarket; at the post-office—and and courtesy—have improved beyond recognition; the newsagents—unlike their English predecessors—send me the papers I have ordered and they arrive early in the morning. And the Indians keep their shops open at all the hours when you want to shop. The new Indian Empire is heartily welcome, by me at least.
Even the EEC countries are quick to seize their chances. I wrote some years ago that the Common Market ought to beware because Britain is not, in fact, joining Europe but is founding a new Empire. I could not have been more wrong. It is our EEC partners who are colonising us. Britain is being invaded. The Ministry of Defence keeps a sinister silence about this new invasion which is much more effective than William's amateurish attempt was in 1066.
Quite prescient, isn't it?