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There. That wasn’t so hard to say now was it?
Well, yes actually. We never like agreeing with criticisms about ourselves, do we?
Well, I don’t anyway.
So – especially for Bobbie, not to mention our Jess who has always tried to open my eyes to the 21st Century, let’s get positive.
Britain has always had a well-earned reputation for acceptance. Acceptance of other cultures, faiths, and immigrants in general.
We are, rightly I think, proud of our ability to be this way.
Yes. It is true to say our naturally welcoming nature has been rather tried for some time but, on the whole, it remains intact.
After all, ancestrally, us ‘indigenous’ Brits are descended from immigrants.
Romans, French, Scandanavians – Vikings more accurately – along with a smattering of Irish, Spanish and even – oh dear – Germans.
Up until the 1950’s, that was, more or less, it.
In the 1950’s African Carribean immigrants began to arrive.
It has to be said they didn’t always receive a warm welcome.
Fortunately for us, they were made of sterner stuff. They made their homes here and enriched our country by their presence.
Asian immigration began in large numbers in the 1960’s.
Again they were not initially welcomed everywhere but, again, they settled regardless and also enriched Britain by their presence.
Britain’s reputation for welcoming immigrants is deserved but, it has to be said, it did take a while before they were accepted.
Fortunately, the majority of Brits saw the pluses of immigration.
Hard working, decent honest people just had to be accepted – and they were by most.
My ‘negative’ contributions are not wrong. We do have serious issues be it black gangs in London or Islamists scattered about the place but Bobbie is right.
The ‘negative’ side of immigration makes the news. The positive benefits that far outweigh the negatives generally don’t.
Mr. Patel who works 15 hours a day serving his local community running his corner shop isn’t newsworthy. The fact he spends time chatting with elderly customers who he knows are lonely doesn’t make a ripple.
The other Mr. Patel who is part of a gang grooming young white girls gets the headlines.
The fact that Mr. Patel number one is by far in the majority and Mr. Patel number two is part of a tiny minority is irrelevant.
Mr. Patel number two sells newspapers and makes juicy TV news viewing.
Without immigration, Britain would be nowhere near the 6th largest economy on the planet.
Britain. A tiny island off the coast of Europe and the 6th largest economy on the planet.
Not because we, the indigenous Brits, made it so, albeit we’ve played our part.
It’s because of the hard-working immigrants from The Carribean, the Indian sub-continent, Ireland, China, and Africa.
Yes, we have immigration problems. Yes, I write about them. Yes, some consider my meanderings negative and, yes, they are.
Maybe focusing on the positives will help make life better? Who knows?
A bit more of a cheerful place to be though eh?
Come to think on it.
I’ve actually enjoyed writing positive things about immigration.
Mind you I bet no bugger reads it. It isn’t newsworthy being positive 😉
Cheers Bobbie – and our Jess of course.Click here for reuse options!