One of our greatest failures is our inability to confront our imperial past. Celebrated by our media, it has left us with an inflated sense of exceptionalism that has estranged us from our closest neighbours.
Distrust of a religious minority, limited interest in international trade, a desire to protect a national identity: this is early modern Japan, a feudal backwater that had cut itself off from the world.
Whether fleeing civil war in Syria, or political oppression in Africa, the right-wing media has met refugees with scorn. This is in contrast to a past of English people both welcoming and being refugees.