OPINION: Do The Right Thing Theresa May And Support Windrush Immigrants!
The recent news that the Home Office has somehow decided that those known as the Windrush Generation suddenly have no right to be here or use any of the services they have contributed to through work and paying tax over at least the last 50 years is disconcerting, to say the least, but in retrospect not hard to believe when you think of the joke called ‘controlling immigration’ we put up with now. Yes, that’s right. The Home Office who have been absolutely useless at protecting us from and deporting real illegal immigrants. Some bright spark has discovered that all those people who have been working away, integrating, and contributing to our society are suddenly not supposed to be here. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic and insulting to those concerned.
So not only did we insult the Commonwealth when we chose to trade with the EU over our old friends but we now have our Home Office trying to deport them! I guess we are not really the ‘mother’ country after all…
The Left, of course, is claiming that the Home Office has been influenced by some far-right ideology perpetrated by the Government. Even more laughable. Especially as our Government is nowhere near right wing. More liberal elite! I’m surprised they stopped short of blaming Brexit… maybe that’s coming soon. I would say that perhaps the EU’s bias towards all people European rather than Commonwealth or even British may have had more of an influence on this idea that British Caribbean people are somehow not supposed to here… but that would be churlish, I guess?
The people of the Commonwealth, including the ancestors of those known as the Windrush generation, fought alongside us in the 2nd World War, and are represented in full every Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph. The list is long: Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad, Australia, Barbados, New Zealand and so on. We need to keep our ties with the Commonwealth strong, especially now we are leaving the EU. Insulting the people who came here in the ‘Windrush’ era (Windrush was actually the name of the ship they came on) isn’t really going to help. Why would someone at the Home Office assume they need to be deported? Wouldn’t common sense tell them to look at other facts? Some of these people are very old, this sort of treatment could finish them off! Many came here as children and know no other country as home.
We now have the horrible scenario of the likes of David Lammy and the far left mouthing off about this and we have only our ridiculous Home office to blame. Too many pen pushers and jobsworths who cannot look let alone think outside the box and see common sense. Is it racism? I doubt it. But it will and is being portrayed as such by the Left. We have worked hard to deal with racism in our country and we are still I believe the most tolerant society in the world. But the government and the Home Offices have let us and the ‘Windrushers’ down. And you can be sure the far Left and those who hate our society will use this to full advantage.
Whenever I hear the words Windrush I always have visions of old newsreels of people with hopeful faces, arriving full of anticipation and looking forward to a new or different life. Let’s not allow that vision to change. Let’s not allow those words to conjure up feelings of conflict or shame instead, especially when we read stories of people being detained or threatened with deportation. Or waiting for life-saving operations while their citizenship is questioned. That generation always thought of themselves as British citizens. And to all intents they are. What has happened is a stupid and dreadful mistake. The government has acknowledged this and they must act quickly. There is a massive problem with immigration in our country, but it has nothing to do with those who came before 1971, and they, in fact, have also suffered due to the mass immigration here from Eastern Europe and the pressure it puts on pour services, along with all of us.
Theresa May and Amber Rudd have apologised and said they will sort it. Hmmm.. well it would have been better to not get into this mess but we are where we are I suppose. Now we have Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn going head to head at each other at PMQT blaming each other for destroying landing cards (and on and on) and the behaviour of the Home Office. This really shouldn’t be made into a political football – people’s lives and homes are at stake here. The more they argue the more they belittle and denigrate the rights of the Windrush generation. While Rome burns as they say… We don’t need to see the House of Commons embarrassing us as well. We could argue as to why the Labour party didn’t sort this out when they were in power, we could argue the same of anyone who could have done something, but none of them did.
If I was affected I would be in despair right now. Let’s hope the government grows a backbone, stops throwing blame at everyone and sorts it out properly and quickly.. Otherwise more will suffer and the far Left will use it for their own ends. I for one really don’t need to hear any more of David Lammy’s (or Diane Abbot’s) opinions on the subject.
Let’s hope they keep their promise and we can do the right thing… and fast!