Rememeber that episode of Seinfeld where George decides to do the opposite of what he would normally do? I think the Independent has been inspired by that to do something similar: report the opposite of what the facts in front of its face say. Hence:
New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years
Or maybe it’s the Telegraph who are reporting the opposite:
Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds
Weird isn’t it? It’s the same news yet the headlines imply radically different things. It’s almost as if one or both of these newspapers had a MESSAGE that it desperately wants you to believe in and which trumps news and facts. The message, for example, that immigration is really, really good and, don’t worry, we’ve always had loads of immigrants and it all worked out brilliantly! (just for example).
I vote that it’s the Independent trying to con us here with their disingenuous, racially-blind, double-speak use of the word immigrant. The map, it turns out, shows 10,000 years worth of people who are genetically the same shuffling about a bit. Says the Scientist:
“We used the genetic material to really tease apart the subtle differences in DNA. And we’re able to zoom in and see which areas are closer genetically. “In a certain sense there are more genetic differences between North and South Wales than between Kent and Scotland.
“And in a certain sense there is more similarity between people in the North of England and Scotland than people in the south of England.”
Note the phrase ‘subtle differences.’ Anglo-saxons moving about to and from other areas filled with Anglo-saxons over 10,000 years is not the same as a couple hundred-thousand third-worlders showing up every year over a decade or two. The genetic difference that aren’t subtle are those between those Anglo-Saxons and the peoples of the world who hadn’t encountered the wheel until some guy from Portugal showed it to them in 1652.
Conclusion: The Independent is trying to make you think immigration is no big deal… for some reason.