One of the defining characteristics of the modern European liberal intellectual is cultural and even racial self-hatred: and nowhere is this self-hatred stronger than in England. Such self-hatred has become an ideology, and the strength to which it is felt by the intellectual the litmus test of his virtue and broad-mindedness (the two being now regarded as virtually identical).
On the day on which the results of the 2011 British census were published, the liberal newspaper the Guardian published a front-page commentary that began:
Perhaps we will remember 2012 as the year we learned who we are. The London Olympics did it