Denis_Cooper 5pts "people remain concerned that the country is in the grip of a new nativism."Do they? Which people? Those who read the Guardian?Is "nativism" a new and fashionable insult to be hurled against those who were previously condemned for their "nationalism"?It is perfectly normal for human beings to be "nativist" in the sense that they will tend to give preference to their families and friends, the "kin" and "kith" in that term " kith and kin" which was itself derided by some people half a century ago, and what is a nation other than a greatly extended network of family and friends?Some actor called Danny Dyer has been helped to trace his ancestry back twenty-two generations to Edward III, but the really remarkable thing is not that he is descended from Edward III but that it has been possible to find the documentation to prove it. He actually had over eight million male ancestors in the same generation as Edward III, at a time when the adult male population of England was only a fraction of that, and while my own lineage over the centuries was not so notable that it can be traced that far back there must be a good chance that I am also descended from Edward III, and so he and I are remote cousins and we have a tiny fraction of Edward III's genes in common.However just because the English simmered in their own genetic juices over many centuries, with occasional small additions from outside thrown into the pot, that certainly doesn't mean that they have always been automatically hostile to anybody who does not share that common descent and history. There is however the crucial question of the numbers and the speed with which the extra ingredients are added, and whether they blend in easily and completely or they coagulate to form separate persistent lumps in the mix.