Author Archives: Anton Georgiou

Let’s appeal to lovers of a big- hearted Britain and win the immigration argument.
 


I felt compelled to put into words my thoughts on the situation in Calais following David Cameron’s intervention, describing those seeking refuge in the United Kingdom, as ‘swarming’ over the border.

To invoke the language of the BNP, UKIP, the National Front, and the English Defence League is irresponsible and inflammatory. Similar language was used by the Daily Mail in the 1930s when describing Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

My family are refugees; my grandparents and their three young daughters were forced to flee their homes following the invasion of Cyprus in 1974. This issue is therefore very close to my heart. The UK gave refuge to my family in the 1970s, and for this they will be eternally grateful. They became part of London’s mosaic society. As with many other immigrants at the time, they were welcomed by both the government and society. Immigrants were seen as beneficial to the country, they brought with them skills, and a willingness to work long hard hours to better their lives. They saw the UK as a safe haven, and respected the native population. At the time the British people, by and large welcomed them, and accepted that immigrants were good for both society and the economy.

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    @ Richard Underhill "conveniently the politicians who made the decision to omit social care from the NHS are all dead, even Harold Wilson". I'm not...
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    Can Labour win an absolute Commons majority under FPTP? If not, then some kind of deal could be on the cards. It’s interesting that, just...
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    Katharine Pindar 5th Jul '20 - 7:16pm Yes, and conveniently the politicians who made the decision to omit social care from the NHS are all...
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    Picking up a few points that Anthony and Peter have made on cars The 6500 target is I think just for rapid chargers on motorways....
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    Having listened to the excellent interview with Sir Simon Stevens again, courtesy of BBC I player, he was linking the idea that Beveridge would want...
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