Nothing very witty in this post I fear.
My feelings about immigration to the UK are pretty simple. I’m frankly astonished nobody is expressing this perspective. And massively disillusioned.
I’m lucky. Chances are, if you’re reading this, so are you. I wasn’t born in a third world country with significant prevalence of infant mortality, disease or civil war. Instead I was born in an advanced economy, in a middle class family, with all the tools, aptitudes and abilities to have a relatively comfortable life. I’m thankful for that. My attitude to those less fortunate is that I’d be happy to share some of my good fortune with them, especially if it doesn’t materially impact my lucky situation. If that means taking significant numbers of refugees from war torn countries or even enthusiastic economic migrants, looking for a better life, that’s all well and good.
Clearly, other people don’t think this way.
So what do they think? After all, we’re all immigrants really, if you go back a couple of generations.
Has social and political thinking been reduced to the calculus of ‘how can I get the most economic advantage’? Is there no place for the politics of fairness or -dare I even suggest – generosity?
I fear it’s beginning to look that way.
And I fear it makes us all look a bit shit.