Finding the words

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I can’t stop looking at this headline. All day I’ve kept coming back to it.

“Firms must list foreign workers”

Five words that make knots in my stomach.

How the fuck is that a policy in THIS country, in THIS century? Listing/recording place of birth so that the companies can be named and shamed. For being diverse! Something that should be applauded.

For  the so-called cool-headed party of business it seems like a shot in the foot, how will this encourage foreign investment post Brexit? Already there are reports from companies such as Jaguar Land Rover that sales are down; people are not flocking to buy British and why should they? Oh we’ll take your money but we don’t want you.

And most important of all how does this make our foreign nationals feel? I have friends from the EU, the Commonwealth, the USA.  I now live in a multi-cultural city and I love it. My daughter’s school is wondrously diverse, how do her friends and their families feel? I don’t want them to feel unwelcome, that they need to get out before they are forced out.

I grew up in a mono-cultural society, it is as BORING AS FUCK! I do not want to go back to how it was in the 70s. This is not in my name.

When my daughter was born it was not straightforward and the NHS staff were wonderful But now our doctors are being told they are only wanted until replacements are trained to replace them at some unknown point in the future. How dare they come here and save lives.

The swing to the right-wing appears to be gaining momentum and as history has taught us that dictatorships do not appear over night.

As Michael Gray tweeted yesterday instead of the feared Tory/UKIP government we feared in 2014 we now have a Tory party lifting policies straight from the UKIP manifesto:

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And it’s not just him thinking that

There is a word I try not to label people with; it has been overused and its impact lost, but I look at this list and wonder if this is what we are facing.

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In contrast the SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green parties have all condemned the rhetoric issued this weekend. You know those “nationalists.”

You know given the choice I’m much happier with the civic nationalism we have in Scotland than this “blood & soil” type raising its ugly head in England.

Roll on IndyRef2

 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Finding the words

  1. Personally, I think it’s a great idea. If the sorts that feel the way you do actually represent the feelings of your country, there’s no harm in disclosure. If not, there’s still no harm to your country, just to those who aren’t welcome there in the first place and who shouldn’t be there for the basic reason of not being welcome.

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