Tag Archives: right to remain

Dutch Parliamentary Brexit-watchers roundly condemn flippancy towards British people

As everybody reading the excellent study of history since Caesar’s times of the North Sea trade by Oxford historian and former BBC journalist Michael Pye, “The Edge of the World: How the North Sea made us what we are” can attest, the trade relations between the British/English and the Dutch (Frisians) Celtic tribes was the beginning of 20 centuries of close economic and ethnic ties. The DNA of inhabitants of areas from Kent to York is indistinguishable from that of people living in Friesland and Holland in the Netherlands; and Frisian is halfway the English and Dutch language. Migration and trade in wool, cloth, grain, herring, etc., been going on, even when Napoleon didn’t want it to (1803-1813); John Locke wrote important (Liberal) books seeking shelter here.

Ever since the 4th Anglo-Dutch war (1780-’84), the Dutch have recognised the British as their senior and vital partner in those economic and cultural relations; and the Dutch pressed general De Gaulle to admit England in the EEC for those same reasons.

But one aspect of how the Dutch see the British people and British politics has been fundamentally changed by the way the UK has been handling the Brexit problem, from the Referendum campaign in spring 2016 to the present day. That can be concluded by what 3 of the 4 official “Brexit Watching delegates” of the Dutch parliament said on Dutch public radio on Wednesday, 14th of January 2019; coincidentally those 3 were from parties of the present Dutch government coalition, so important advisors of both parliament and government.

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 5 Comments

Shocking refusal of citizenship to former Lib Dem mayor

Lib Dem Inga Lockington, the former mayor of Ipswich, has been refused citizenship. It is covered extensively here.

Inga came to the UK in 1979 when she married her British husband. That resonates with me as I moved to the UK twenty-four years ago when I married my British husband. Inga was given indefinite leave to remain at the time, and has been a resident ever since.

Not only has Inga lived in this country, but she has contributed greatly to community life. She has been a councillor for 19 years, and …

Posted in News | Also tagged , and | 18 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarNick Rider 21st Aug - 9:24am
    @TCO I said poverty was a 'contributory cause' in the Brexit vote. That means one among several. I did not say it was the sole...
  • User Avatarjane mansfield 21st Aug - 9:04am
    @ TCO, Perhaps Mr Raw takes an evidence based approach rather than spreading myths that are based on political prejudice. In a report commissioned by...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 21st Aug - 8:43am
    Hard Rain and TCO . Given I've slogged my guts out for this party and it's predecessor since 1961, been employed by the party and...
  • User AvatarJohn Marriott 21st Aug - 8:21am
    Tom Harney is right. Democracy in this country and, dare I say, across the Atlantic as well, is in need of a severe reboot. Looking...
  • User AvatarHard Rain 21st Aug - 8:09am
    Corbyn has been a regular columnist in the Morning Star for as long as I can remember. This is the journal of the Communist Party...
  • User AvatarNonconformistradical 21st Aug - 7:56am
    @Mack "No. I propose that we respect the democratic decision of the British People to opt for independence from the EU...." Tom Harney (21st Aug...
Sat 24th Aug 2019
Thu 29th Aug 2019
Mon 9th Sep 2019