- So now we know exactly who the good immigrants are…
Anyone from the Commonwealth who arrived from 1948 to 1973 is now officially a Good Immigrant and is to be given UK citizenship. If you arrived on the 1st of January 1974 you’re still a Bad Immigrant and will be treated in the same shitty way as before. Seems fair hey?
So now the government have spectacularly folded on the Windrush fiasco, where should we stop?Posted 1 year ago
Between brexit & Windrush, this country really is being exposed as a shabby right-wing shithole
It took those things to expose it? Tory governments getting in and staying in are all you need as evidence. The majority of people must be voting for them so presumably think the right wing approach is the right one.Posted 1 year agozigzag69Member
Forget about British High Commisioner birth certificates, what if you’re actually the child of one…Posted 1 year agoedlongMember
The majority of people must be voting for them
Or we live in a country where the voting system gives the most successful minority party a massively disproportionate number of seats in parliament.
IIRC no post war government has been elected with a majority of votes cast. I’ve a niggling doubt on that, perhaps, there was one (1945 Labour victory?) but I can’t be bothered to check right now and my point still stands – certainly no recent Conservative government has been elected with a majority of votes cast. (Nor Labour, but your point was that the majority of people voted Conservative, which is simply not the case).Posted 1 year ago
with a British High Commissioner birth certificate!
Same here. In fact, it stops me making a claim to citizenship of the country I was born in… which is a shame…
Anyway, when Nick Clegg started with his “good immigration and bad immigration” angle, I knew this country was ****. No parlimentary UK wide party prepared to stand fully behind the idea that country of birth does not make you a lesser person, deserving of fewer rights and a lower status.Posted 1 year agobinnersSubscriber
I’ve a question over the entry criteria….
We know the UK government has always been more than happy to hand out passports and residency to extremely rich johnny foreigner types, with no questions asked as to where they got their money from…..will this now apply to rich darkies? Dodgy african dictators…. that type of thing?Posted 1 year ago
I am not up to speed on this, but isn’t this just people who entered the UK illegally?
Nope, it’s people who fall foul of new rules meaning that they have to prove, to an impossibly and expensive degree, that they have the right to still be here, or work here, or use the NHS here. Can you show documention proving you’ve been here every year since you ‘arrived’ here? And, no, simply referring people to the HMRC because they’ve been taking your taxes every year of your adult life isn’t enough… records the gov should have already don’t count… you need to present your own records. Oh, and have a fat wallet for the “admin costs” of those records sitting in a pile somewhere in the Home Office for a year or so, before getting mislaid.Posted 1 year ago
But please patronise me some more!
Sure, would editing out the superfluous space in the above quote suffice?
Here’s to any protesters in Tanzania today. Let’s hope you won’t be “beaten like stray dogs” as promised by the authorities.
Edited due to accidental swear filter avoidance!Posted 1 year agostevextcMember
Can you show documention proving you’ve been here every year since you ‘arrived’ here?
This and the rest of your post is correct but I don’t think people would really understand until they tried to actually prove according to the rules.
Pretty much any British Citizen born here would struggle to prove they have been permanently resident according to the rules.
Try getting the attendance records from 30 years ago from your nursery (now called pre-schools) … etc. etc.
Simply saying I went to this school… I took these O levels and then these A levels etc. isn’t proof… they can turn around and say that doesn’t prove you were resident in the country… (other than perhaps the days you actually took exams)
You can supplement this perhaps with those photo’s you collected for just this occasion … like when you went to London and have a photo of the Queen on Jubilee day perhaps…Posted 1 year agoP-JayMember
I was only thinking about the good immigrant thing last night. I think nurses maybe considered good immigrants even post 1974, everyone loves nurses.
Pfft, don’t I know, yeah they’re great and all that when they’re clearing the poo out of your Nans arse for her, but try living with one – talk about Ego!Posted 1 year agoP-JayMember
I am not up to speed on this, but isn’t this just people who entered the UK illegally?
It’s a bit more complex than that, and well a bit boring compared to some of the headlines. Well ‘boring’ in the sense that it’s not some great conspiracy by swivel-eyed right wingers trying to make the UK like it was(n’t) in the 50s. I’m sure it’s not boring if you are threatened with deportation to a country you left decades ago to come to the UK after being invited to do so and stay as long as you want as citizens.
The only requirement the Windrush Generation needed to be UK citizens is that they were Commonwealth citizens and that arrived in the UK at the correct time.
The only official record of their original entry into the UK where paper/card landing cards – a bit like the start of The Godfather, only in the UK. They’d turn up at the Port, an Official fills out a card, bish bash bosch, you’re now British – thanks for coming, here’s some bricks, or a Nurses uniform, get to work, that sort of thing.
The department in charge for handling and storing these landing cards was the Home Office and in 2010 (when Theresa May was a newly appointed Home Secretary) the newly elected Tories didn’t care quite so much about Immigration. It was the economy they cared about. They’d been elected off the back of the credit crunch and back then Tabloid readers were in the business of blaming poor people and not dark-skinned people for their woes. Austerity was the name of the game. As I understand it not long after Theresa May took over a Civil Servant contacted her office. The lease for the storage facility for all these old paper documents from the 40s and 50s was up and obviously they had to do something as it was sensitive data – they could a) continue to store the documents at a cost, b) digitise the information at a greater, but one-off cost c) destroy the documents at a very low one-off cost.
The Home Office chose c) and saved a few quid – brilliant, where’s the harm? Most of these people who came here to work were now dead or at least very elderly and their children would have either been born here, or so deeply established in the UK as to never need to prove their entitlement to stay.
Well until the 2015 Election, the economy was now on the mend (for the time being anyway) but UKIP had emerged on a wave of anti-immigration feeling and now Tabloid readers were back blaming dark-skinned people for their woes so they brought in new legislation that says (as I understand it) that you can have all the relevant documents for being a UK citizen you like – NI number, passport, NHS ID, a lifetime of paying tax, even a Scouse accent if you want, but you still have to prove that either you were born here, were born to UK parents or have the correct visa to prove citizenship. The only ‘Visa’ the Windrush generation needed was their Landing Cards, which the Home Office had destroyed 5 years previously – oh dear.
Say what you like about Civil Servants, but they very rarely, if ever, over-step their authority, they impose policy, they don’t write it. A former senior Civil Servant at the Home Office in 2010 was on the radio the other day using a fake name, and basically said that there will be an e-mail paper trail from the junior Civil Servant who was in charge of handling the lease for the storage, through various levels of bureaucracy over to the elected side of the Home Office and through their various ranks to whoever gave the final say on the destruction and all the way back again and it’s a decent bet that the person who had final say was Theresa May.
So I’d bet more by accident, than design the person who gave the order to destroy the only bit of concrete proof that hundreds of thousands of Britons are indeed British is the same person, who 5 years later signed into law the requirement to prove your nationality to that level and maybe, one day soon, someone will leak the smoking gun e-mail / memo.Posted 1 year ago
You miss out the battles in cabinet, and government generally, between May and just about everyone else (both Tory and LibDem). She has a personal vendetta against migrants… being generous, it is because she knows it plays well with certain important people in the press, and also the elderly membership of her party… the alternative is that she really means it… in which case I don’t understand what her problem is with us born elsewhere types.Posted 1 year agostevextcMember
You miss out the battles in cabinet, and government generally, between May and just about everyone else (both Tory and LibDem). She has a personal vendetta against migrants… being generous, it is because she knows it plays well with certain important people in the press, and also the elderly membership of her party… the alternative is that she really means it… in which case I don’t understand what her problem is with us born elsewhere types.
I doubt there is anything personal about anything May does…
Yes it plays well with the elderly membership of her party… but it also resonates with Labour voters who voted for Brexit.
Most of her party are more concerned over issues like sovereignty and getting shut of the workers rights the EU brought than the perception immigrants are taking the lowest paid jobs. (Plenty of the crusty Tories probably think that’s what immigrants are for .. along with women belonging in a kitchen). The only “darkies” they come into contact with are what they call “good immigrants” – Be they MP’s, newscasters or “the foreign bloke who’s nanny drops the kids off at their son’s school each term”… that the foreign bloke is a dictator from somewhere hot they couldn’t point to on a map is probably not relevant to them if the foreign bloke contributed by buying a new swimming pool at their kids school..
SADLY A LOT (whatever number) of the people that voted Brexit did so first and foremost because they believe immigrants are taking their jobs… or others who don’t like seeing people who might look different.
I’ll tread close to the “Godwin Line” by saying these are people for whom socialism means national socialism… that because they were born somewhere with a certain skin colour means they should be entitled to a certain standard of life.
(use of language like “darkies” is meant to illustrate how these “crusties” view everyone else… )Posted 1 year agomoomanMember
It doesn’t work like that. If you’re white and have English as a first language you’re OK too, regardless of when you arrive, and should have some easier visa rules. . At least, that’s what all the racists say to my American wife (though not in so many words).
Posted 1 year ago
… say to your wife. Not necessarily behind her back though.
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