So where to begin?… Last week we had the great pleasure and honour in London to have a flock of communists led by Labour’s Diane Abbott and others marching rather aggressively to protest for nothing.
Yes that’s right, they protested for absolutely no reason. They claimed of course, to be representing the immigrants from the ‘Windrush generation’; a number of people originating from the Caribbean Isles who legally came to Britain on large ships between the end of the 1940s and the beginning of the 1970s.
The crowd, which featured a series of screaming and ranting feminists, and a few immigrants with poor English language skills, as well as Guardian journalists such as Gary Younge, put on a ridiculous yet entertaining show. What is certain is that in no way did these protesters in Brixton, London represent those who in the 20th century desperately came to Britain in search for a better life.
As a matter of fact, those in Brixton the other day were neither desperate nor Caribbean. Apart from a few exceptions, those who attend a march which resembled some sort of leftist trolling attempt, were mainly a bunch of white, spoilt, middle class brats who feel the need to indulge in “revolutionary” activity because of their boring daily lives and over-indoctrination by the BBC and Channel 4.
On top of all of this, Theresa May, who attempted to pursue calming measures by apologising to Windrush children and Caribbean leaders, was blamed by a vast majority of public opinion for leading a government that apparently has not been transparent enough on this issue.
No one here is interested in defending May’s statements, or attacking the left further – since it is clear that they have ridiculed themselves enough with their silly parade.
However, what needs to be said, is that the Windrush situation is complicated and not easy to grasp. Therefore, it can be difficult to develop a solid opinion or stance on this particular issue. The questions arise; “are these people legal?”, “are they illegal?”. There is no answer to this question, since it is really a matter of how one looks at it, of one’s perspective, effectively.
The number of Commonwealth migrants who came to Britain before 1971 reached about 524,000. Those who did not get British citizenship from that large group only number about 57,000 – and among those are the ones who may be affected by government immigration policies.
We have to consider that what we are dealing with here, are a great number of people, originating from economically deprived areas of the Caribbean territories, who have had an awfully hard time integrating with the British way of life.
If we consider the fact that some of those who came on ships more than fifty years ago were undocumented and brought with them children and grandchildren who were also undocumented with no paperwork proving their status, than it is hard for us to consider them legal. How is it fair that those who lack documents get to access free healthcare, and work in the United Kingdom? It is for this reason that the current Conservative government feels forced to determine who has the right to stay and who doesn’t. It is not an easy task.
The British Nationality Act 1948 gave citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies statues to everyone who was a British subject who was connected with the UK or a British colony.
Anyone who arrived in the UK from a Commonwealth country before 1973 has a legal right to stay in this country, unless they left the UK for more than two years. They have been told that they have to prove they are eligible to stay – but the landing cards recording their arrival dates were destroyed in 2010, so they have no proof.
This is a time where the British nation has the opportunity to simply decide. Decide for themselves, who they want to welcome into their country, and how they want them to contribute.
What everyone desires is a fair, but solid and sensible, immigration policy. Illegal immigrants will have to go. Some will be able to stay. Just like some Windrush children are legal while others aren’t.
It’s all part of the ‘rebuilding process’. The way forward is to admit that immigration is not merely about jobs and the economy. It is mainly about behavioural patterns. We will have to come to terms with this sooner or later. Preferably sooner, rather than later.