The latest findings of the survey on social attitudes in Britain reveals that there is a growing level of racism.
I wonder what Trollope would have made of this? In his day, the immigrants who were the cause of social concern were mainly Irish. They came over here and took unskilled jobs at rates of pay that were lower than local labourers would want. Anti-Irish sentiment ran high. But Trollope wrote novels on difficult Irish questions that were sympathetic to the realities of the situation facing the Irish in their home country, which drove them to emigrate. Even The Landleaguers, which is written from the landlord perspective and has a scheming Irish villain at the heart of the story, presents the situation with a balance and fairness that is strikingly absent from today’s political commentary on immigration issues. Perhaps there is something to be learned there?