Invidious Albion — Time to embrace diversity.


Since the emergence of Brexit in British politics, the topic of nationality and ethnicity has been central to the policy of pro-Brexit figureheads. Fear of ‘the other’ has crippled our governance to the point of acceptance of racism and the platforming of intolerance. Daniel Reast explains, through personal account, how the UK can reject its bigotry.



I’ll be the first to admit that my close circle of friends and family aren’t a diverse bunch. White, middle class, male, non-religious. Even at university I fell into a group of similar distinction. When I read the news, I am drawn to the stories of tragic deportations and botched immigration procedures. The personal and highly emotive accounts of prejudice in my country, orchestrated by my people. I’m ashamed of my nation.

“When I read the news, I am drawn to the stories of tragic deportations and botched immigration procedures. The personal and highly emotive accounts of prejudice in my country, orchestrated by my people. I’m ashamed of my nation.”

In any other timeline, the 2018 Windrush scandal would have brought down a government. It should have exposed the hatred deep at the heart of Conservative leadership, to deport and restrict residence to those entitled to be here. And while the now Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd was forced to resign (not sacked), her departure felt like a patsy pushed from the train platform. The real arch-bigot was Theresa May, orchestrating a hostile environment policy from the days of Conservative-Lib Dem coalition.

“The real arch-bigot was Theresa May, orchestrating a hostile environment policy from the days of Conservative-Lib Dem coalition.”

In 2013, Theresa May boasted to the House of Commons that her Home Office would “deport first and hear appeals later.” The phrase in itself is acrid. Her leadership in the Home Office has fostered an evil process of dehumanisation and intense red tape to place as many roadblocks between a person and a home. Two years ago, the Home Office released figures which admitted to a 27% rise in detainment for suspected immigration offences, specifically for EU citizens. It was then proved that the Tories ironically harboured no discrimination for their targeted hostile environment. Everyone, be they non-EU or EU citizenry, even entitled to be here – they were not welcome.

Immigration Bill debate, 22 Oct 2013 / Hansard
“In 2013, Theresa May boasted to the House of Commons that her Home Office would “deport first and hear appeals later.” Her leadership in the Home Office has fostered an evil process of dehumanisation and intense red tape to place as many roadblocks between a person and a home.”

A tragedy of modern government. To restrict immigration unfairly and with ideological purpose is an act of immense moral harm. In 2017, the head of the Polish Social and Cultural Association stated that Poles living in the UK were too afraid to report hate crimes for fear of being concerned about their immigration status. To think, a part of my society scared to report to the authorities designed to protect them. In a similar example last year, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery were found to be facing deportation, even after expressing fears of harm in countries of origin. The shadow of racism has blinded the politics of the past ten years, to the point where hearing these horrid tales is an everyday experience.


Surely, you remember this from 2015?


These examples are only a portion of the deep racist quarry the Home Office has carved into. Even as I write this, a news story has revealed of a family facing deportation as the Home Office used their suicidal daughter’s medical records to claim they were dishonest in their right to live here. The depths to which the government will go to cleanse the UK of all its diversity, are truly shocking. There is now a phrase to describe the anger against this government: ‘Abolish the Home Office’.

“The depths to which the government will go to cleanse the UK of all its diversity, are truly shocking. There is now a phrase to describe the anger against this government: ‘Abolish the Home Office’.”

A great catalogue thread.

There are no words to fully describe the anguish. It was my mother who taught me that people are unique and beautiful. To call her a ‘people person’ would be inaccurate; she lived for love. I want to say I have inherited at least some of her spirit for compassion. It is through compassion that we must change our society’s skeleton.

“It was my mother who taught me that people are unique and beautiful. I want to say I have inherited at least some of her spirit for compassion. It is through compassion that we must change our society’s skeleton.”

Immigration as a concept rings sharply in the ears, as years of racist soundbites have fuelled a suspicion even of the word. But to immigrate, to move from one place to another is to be human. To think that thousands of years of human migration has not taught us that doing so now is still normal. We must embrace immigration with wide and open arms. Our post-Brexit Britain must reflect that of ‘The New Colossus’ by Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Emma Lazarus
“To immigrate, to move from one place to another is to be human. To think that thousands of years of human migration has not taught us that doing so now is still normal.”

Any government in whatever a future election provides must be the architect of a rich and diverse social policy. If Labour are to win, I expect the governance that follows will be decidedly more open-minded than a Conservative government. Though from recent reports that Labour will not accept freedom of movement, this hearth has grown colder.

It is the duty of a state to protect whoever is sheltered beneath it. And it’s time our politics reflected that entirely.🔷

“It is the duty of a state to protect whoever is sheltered beneath it. And it’s time our politics reflected that entirely.”




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(This is an original piece, first published by the author in PoliticsMeansPolitics.com. | The author writes in a personal capacity.)


(Cover: Screenshot of Theresa May in a 2015 Conservatives ad.)


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