What do you think of Lionel Shriver's article @FraserNelson ?
Do you think the phrase in the article 'surrender without a shot being fired' is in any way inflammatory? Might it not suggest or hint that people could or even should take up arms to prevent further 'surrender' of 'territory'? @FraserNelson
Do you think, Fraser, that there are people who have committed no crime, who've come to the UK to work, have worked hard for decades, or working right now, who might feel unfairly threatened by such an article? @FraserNelson
Actually, I feel threatened by the article a) because I have one foreign born parent and b) I’m thinking of what forms of policing would have to be put in place to reverse what Shriver describes as ‘surrender’. @FraserNelson
Do you think it’s clear from the article whether Shriver is or is not saying that to be British a person is or should be white and/or to be British a person should or should not have to have two British parents? @FraserNelson

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