I get sick of articles like this.
But hang on, historians will cry. Hasn't Englishness always been like that? Isn't it true that much of what people imagine to be the quintessence of our national identity - from fish and chips (originally a Huguenot dish), Handel's Messiah and the Great Western Railway to Marks & Spencer, ITV and the House of Windsor - was created by immigrants or the sons of immigrants?
Fish n' chips aren't even English, according to the writer. Well, if the Huguenots were tucking into fried battered fish, lovely crisp chips, mushy peas, salt, vinegar and white bread and butter I'd be surprised! It gets on my nerves the way Englishness has to be dismantled all the while - unlike other nationalities. Surely everywhere has foreign influences? After all, wasn't the haggis originally Greek and didn't an Englishman invent the modern kilt?
It always seem faintly racist to me to read the scribblings of some PC folk: "All the good English stuff came from abroad. Because the English folk already living in England were thick and completely uninspired.... When one good thing had happened we had to wait ages for the next immigrant to arrive and invent the next..."
And if the writer of the article linked to here imagines that the "sons of immigrants" cannot be English, well, that's a very odd attitude.
Diverse influences in national cultures should be highlighted, celebrated, but not piously flagged up in this way.
Big hat-tip to the lovely Witanagemot Club.