Citizens of Nowhere
Doubtless owing entirely to the notorious antisemitism of the Corbynite Labour party, the triumph of the Farage Falange last June has led to a massive increase in the number of Sephardic Jews who consider themselves more Jewish than British. The number of British Sephardim seeking Portuguese citizenship has gone up eighty-fold since the referendum: the Iberian countries have passed legislation to make amends for the expulsion of the Jews at the end of the fifteenth century, and Portugal takes a remarkably lax attitude when it comes to creating a hostile environment for non-native speakers. England, ahead of the game as usual, expelled its own Jews in the thirteenth century, once Edward I had taken all their money; they were allowed back in under the régime of Oliver Cromwell, and by the mid-twentieth century had bred so prodigiously that the Rothermere Daily Stürmer responded to Hitler's taking back control for the white working classes by squealing that Britain was Full Up and could take no refugees. It is to be regretted that, despite centuries of learning opportunity, Britain's oldest ally has apparently failed to assimilate our national values.