From: Arthur Quarmby, Underhill, Holme, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
AFTER the Romans left these shores in 407 BC, Britain was subjected to a fairly steady stream of invasions, firstly by the Angles and Saxons, and later by Danes, Jutes and Vikings.
These invaders did not just come, plunder and go; they came, plundered and stayed.
The earlier inhabitants who we call the Celts were gradually pushed out, and came to occupy the less good land in what we still call the Celtic Fringe; primarily Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
A few Celtic communities managed to survive this 500-year-long invasion and occupation, and we have an example near here. It is called Bretton, meaning village of the British.
I hope there is not a parallel here with the present times; we are again being subjected to a continuing and seemingly unstoppable invasion of strangers who certainly come to stay.
If these recent immigrants would set out to become British citizens then all would still be well, but many refuse to assimilate and insist on imposing their traditions, way of life and culture on the host community.
I think we need to develop a strong policy in favour of assimilation; perhaps even with penalties for non-compliance (such as the withdrawal of citizenship) for those who refuse to comply.
Lest we too find ourselves strangers in our own land.