I'm one of those old-fashioned immigrants to this country who feels passionately grateful, is proudly British (as well as Irish - having been born in Dublin), and believes that immigrants have more duties than rights.
And, further, that one of those is to adjust to British society rather than expecting it to adjust to them.
However, one aspect of contemporary British society which I refuse to adjust to is its weakness in the face of the enemy within.
In my many conversations with like-minded people about the threat that radical Islam poses to the British way of life - and, indeed, to European civilisation - we frequently end by despairingly agreeing that the West seems intent on committing political and cultural suicide.
When we look starkly at the demographic statistics, the wimpishness of our Establishment in the face of the threat, the perversions perpetrated by political correctness and our own passivity, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that within a couple of generations, Islam will be in control in Europe.
And before anyone says that there would be nothing wrong if this happened, since the vast majority of Muslims are tolerant people who would not dream of interfering with our way of life, it's necessary to point out that in Muslim countries, it's usually the radicals and extremist mullahs - who regard tolerance as a vice - who make the running.
Exactly. This is a point that a lot of people don't understand. In Islamic countries, it seems to be invariably the case that the very worst dregs of society are the ones who end up in control. Although, I think that Ms Dudley Edwards tends to overstate the tolerance of the average Muslim, in any event. The 40% who support the imposition of Sharia law are not a "tiny minority of extremists (TM)".
The danger of ending up like those poor, despotic and medieval Islamic states in which millions live miserably is a prospect that Christians, Hindus, moderate Muslims and non-believers should be uniting to prevent. But the truth is that we are doing little to stop it.
Consider first at a few chilling statistics. Europeans are failing to reproduce. Just to keep the population steady, you need 2.1 live births per woman.
However, in 2005, the European average was 1.38. In Ireland it was 1.9, France 1.89, Germany 1.35 and Italy 1.23. Britain scored in the middle of this range with 1.6, but that was because - like France - we have a large Muslim population with a high birth rate. Indeed, Muslims are outbreeding non-Muslims throughout Europe.
"Just look at the development within Europe," said a triumphant Norwegian imam a few months ago, "where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children. Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours."
Of course, anyone who actually reads good blogs on a regular basis will have seen all these statistics before, and will not be surprised by any of it. However, there will be hundreds of thousands of people reading this article in the Daily Mail today who will have had no idea of the scale of the problems we face. Hopefully, at least some of them will begin to wake up after seeing this. And, I have to say, that this must be about the most forthright article on this vitally important subject that I can recall seeing in the MSM. So, while its contents may be bad news, its mere existence is very good news.
( Cross-posted at the New Crusaders)