One of the (many) things that people seem not to like about Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, is his use of the term ‘indigenous people’ to describe the white population of the UK. Thus the BBC report on his appearance on Question Time describes how,
... those he described as the “indigenous people” felt shut out in their own country. “We are the aborigines here,” he said.
I was thus somewhat amused to read the following in the ‘Statement of Needs’ produced to help the Diocese of Chelmsford in its search for a new bishop:
There have been significant areas of church growth in some of the most multi-cultural parts of the Diocese and in our more rural parts we have seen the ageing of the indigenous people and this is particularly so within the Church.
Not only, it seems, am I a member of Griffin’s indigenous people, but the Church of England has to rub my nose in the fact that I am getting old!
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