If this election has had one topic that has been the burning one it has been the issue of immigration. You know how it is. Politicians tell us scary facts such as “Five hundred billion North Africans are heading to YOUR town, right now, to wee in the street and protest against fish and chips and contraception! And they can all sign on because the European Union says they can and they will bankrupt the UK and send all of the money home to their families to build dirty bombs to rain down on those of us left alive in this now squalid, post apocalyptic hell hole they’ve created for us!” Its classic pre-election scare tactics, but immigration has always existed, certainly during all of our lives, and it only seems to be a really serious issue in the run up to an election, because we hear mostly nothing about it the rest of the time, unless a bomb goes off on a bus, then it’s a case of one of them slipped into the country to kill us on our way to work, and then we find out the bomber was actually born and raised in Leeds, but I digress. These politicians, despite telling us the awful terrifying ‘reality’ of their claims, also have the solutions too and all you have to do is vote for them and they can sort it all out, simply and easily by shutting the doors and putting up the “We’re full” signs, signs written only in English and not available in Urdu, Arabic or Chinese. Yeah! That’ll show them! In 1911, 2% of the entire British population was made up of people who weren’t born here, many other countries were part of the Empire, millions of people we ruled by us in their own countries far away from this island of ours, millions of people who fought with us against the German Nazi Empire. But we’re scared of a few people coming here to live and work. Hmmmm.
So what is my point? The point is, countries are, these days, nothing more than administrated areas of land. Yeah of course histories & cultures are different, as is politics, and religion but essentially that’s all they are, circumstantial differences – places where people were born and live. Everyone needs somewhere to live, why deprive a person the chance to want to live where they want, where they feel safe, where they feel protected and can have a chance to better educate themselves? We should be proud that people want to come here, we are a great country, we should never forget that the land of opportunity is Britain, not our wayward cousin, America. And don’t believe that argument that we are the only country that has immigration. Every country in Europe has the same issues that we have with immigration. They aren’t all just on there way here; many stay and settle in Germany, France, Spain etc. Some do come all the way here, but many more don’t.
In 2015 we do have more people than ever trying to enter the UK but many people are coming to live and work here from all over Europe (mostly) as well as the wider world. It’s part of what makes this country great. We are a place of opportunities and where we have vacancies or skill shortages rather than put up with second rate people doing those jobs, we garner the great and the good from all over the globe to come here and make sure that our schools, hospitals and all manner of scientific, sporting and industrial/business needs are met and are the best anywhere on Earth.
As for government policy, the checks have always been in place and you can’t just arrive on Bournemouth’s beeches on a floating door and then throw up your two thumbs as you run to the nearest dole office to claim your free house and welfare; that simply doesn’t happen and never, ever will. But the right wingers and the racists will always have you believe that. Of course the system has some flaws, yes it needs reform, but the day we turn our backs on people who come here looking for a life is the day we lose our humanity as a nation. If a person needs help, we should help them. Some people come here for protection from tyranny, where their very speech or writings would see them killed for opposing a tyrannical regime. But where a person breaks the law or takes our hospitality for granted, well then they have to accept rejection or expulsion. I’m not crazy, I don’t want criminals coming here, that would be counter productive.
But, the fear of foreigners for the sake of it isn’t justified, it simply isn’t. People are people, generally speaking. They should be given a chance to prove they want a better life and if they take it should be saluted, and if they mess it up, that’s on their own head isn’t it?
Let’s not forget that Britain is just a mongrel race anyway made up of people who came over here from other parts of the world to create the people that we are today.
Things you can’t do in a send them all back/closed door United Kingdom in 2015.
- Buy a pint of milk on Christmas day.
- Enjoy a beaded car seat cover in a taxi.
- Buy a kebab in the centre of Wolverhampton at 3.30am
- Watch an EDL protest get more and more annoyed at a passing woman in a burka when her crime is nothing more than walking her kids home from school past Walsall Town Hall.
- Have a laugh with an Indian man who answers the question, and what do we smell like to you? With Fish and chips! (I saw this happen once, it was in context, in a debate and was good natured too)
- Purchase twenty Benson and a pack of lager at 10pm.
Things you can’t do in a send them all back/closed door United Kingdom in 1942.
- Win World War Two (technically the same as the previous answer but worth mentioning twice).
In conclusion, after my waffling, we have to have immigration, we have to be fair and give people a chance, and it has to be managed in a pragmatic way. Then it’s up to the immigrants themselves to contribute and live our way under our laws. That’s not a bad thing surely?