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December 30, 2012 11:09 pm
From Ms Sian O’Neill.
Sir, David Goodhart’s article on “white flight” fails to acknowledge one important issue – that many people are choosing to leave not only London but the UK for lands that seem to offer more economic opportunity such as Asia (“London’s ‘white flight’ deserves serious attention”, Comment, December 27). Just recently, an otherwise perfectly sensible friend explained how he was considering moving his family overseas as he viewed the UK and Europe as essentially in terminal decline.
While Mr Goodhart refers in passing to other reasons why people might choose to leave London, the whole article identifies “white flight” with racial tension and an inability to cope with an increasingly diverse London. This is missing the plot. There are many possible reasons for wanting to leave the UK, particularly for those in financial services, and race, as far as I am concerned and for most people I know, would not make the list.
I am a “white British” Londoner (if a label is necessary) and proud of the diversity of this city. It is part of what makes London what it is.
Sian O’Neill, Publisher, Globe Law and Business, London SE1, UK
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