Foreign Immigration in the U.K.

Hi Folks,

This morning I received three emails from my computer mad brother-in-law and the undernoted was the third one I opened - when I read it I must admit I felt myself nodding in agreement at some of the points made (and if anyone had seen me they would probably have thought - Oh oh! she's gone 'doolally' again). Let me say at the outset that I am not and have never been against any colour, creed or different languages in anyone . I am not particularly religious but I do believe in living my life according to Christian principles and I do try to keep to that. I fail a lot of the time as most of us do - but I do keep on trying !

I spent a year in Norway, many years ago and while there I went to language classes so that I could join in with Norwegians and at the very least be mannerly, i.e. saying things like hello, good morning, yes, no and thank you ... I also felt obliged to at least use terms in Norwegian in shops so that I wouldn't seem as though I was living there and not even making an attempt to blend in and interact with the other citizens and at the moment I'm not exaggerating when I say that there are folk living in the U.K. who take it as read that the english speakers of this country are the ones who should make all the allowances.

In a lot of the government offices here like Social Security, also Doctors offices, Hospitals, some banks and even schools we have notices which are written in 3 or 4 different languages in order that people do not feel uncomfortable or uneasy about anything and as much help is given to them as possible. Rather than have notices in the different languages I would have thought that it would be a much better idea to employ some teachers and helpers to teach and help immigrants to understand the English language, which would enable them to integrate quicker.

It's all very well for do-gooders to say it's great for the english speaking children to be able to speak to new children at the schools, I'm all for kids learning other languages - but all the kids will be vying for jobs when they leave school and they will have to converse in the language of the country they live in... Instead of this what we are increasingly seeing are areas where certain countries immigrants congregate. I understand some of the reason for this, I remember how I felt at first when I moved over to Norway, it's frightening - but people are helpful unless it seems to them that people are taking advantage. Unfortunately that is becoming a common belief and therefore causing an attitude of 'well, they're only here for what they can get !'
There are areas in several cities here which have shops, offices and schools in which the English language is no longer spoken, which is totally mindblowingly daft as far as I can see . We are a welcoming people but 'taking over' areas will not endear incomers to anyone... It is causing bad feeling and elements of our citizenry to turn to being stupid and using violence - which I would never condone - but at the same time I can understand.

All these folk see is people coming from another country, going to Social Security offices getting set up with income and housing, they also go to see their Doctors and can't get an appointment with their Doctor and witness incomers, who can't speak the language and they are given the facility of interpreters and of course if there is an appointment available , they get it - 'cos they want to see a doctor that day and due to the difficulty with language the receptionist just gives them an appointment that day ('cos it's easier.... they don't understand that normally folk will have to wait for an appointment ). This sort of thing doesn't help of course.

I have witnessed things like this several times when someone is 'shouting' in very broken English that he/she needs appointment 'now' ! Patients who have been sitting in the reception area can get quite upset after waiting for three quarters of an hour past their appointment time for the Doctor to call them through for their appointment.

OK enough of me ranting, the undernoted is the email I received -
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ENGLAND 2008 ...

I think this really sums it all up. After hearing that many cities did not want to offend other cultures by putting up Xmas lights, so DIDN'T! After hearing that the Birmingham council changed its opinion and let a Muslim woman have her picture on her driver's licence with her face covered. After hearing of a Primary School in Birmingham where a boy was told that for PE they could wear Football League shirts (Aston Villa,Birmingham, West Brom etc) but NOT an England shirt as it could offend others ! This prompted the editorial below written by a UK citizen. Published in a British tabloid newspaper.

IMMIGRANTS. NOT BRITONS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on London , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Brits. However, the dust from the attacks has barely settled and the 'politically correct' crowd begin complaining about the possibility that our patriotism is offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Britain . However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of London being a multicultural centre for community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Britons, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of wars, struggles, trials and victories fought by the untold masses of men and women who laid down their lives and one of the millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! 'In God We Trust' is our National Motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture. If St.George's cross offends you, or you don't like ' A Fair Go', then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our National Motto, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great British freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'. We didn't force you to come here. If you don't like it GO HOME!! You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted. Pretty easy really, when you think about it. I figure if we all keep passing this to our friends it will also, sooner or later get back to the complainers, Let's all try please !
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Now, I have not got the knowledge or the capability of sorting this lot out, but I tell you it seems to me to be a much bigger problem than the finance worries and the stupid 'wives and girlfriends' stories that constantly cover our newpapers on a daily basis, I have a feeling that if it's not sorted out quickly things are going to worsen considerably and drastically. Methinks we need a parliamentarian with vision, intelligence and a considerable amount of good common sense as soon as possible, what do you think are the chances of that ? Otherwise - God help us...

I have read and reread this post and looked to see whether I come across as a rampant anti - immigrant which I'm not and I don't think I've stepped on anyone's toes, if I have offended anyone it has been completely unintentional but the way some folk read things - it's really hard to tell !

Cheers from the land of the Tartan - Love Kate xxx.
P.S. What does anyone else think about the above, I really would be interested to know ?