Monday, 14 May 2018

Time to MARCH!

The 48 and Beyond team urges everyone who can join the protest in London for 23rd June - its time to remind the Government we are as united today as we have been since the so-called referendum.

In just two years..

  • Foreign Direct Investment has plummeted
  • Investment in the crucial motor industry has halved
  • The pound has suffered 
  • Regions seeing a 90% drop in investments as Government refuses to match EU funds
  • More and more businesses losing out
  • The entire country has become less tolerant - with even the UN being concerned enough to send an envoy
  • and this is just the tip of the iceberg- there are hundreds of examples of how this is badly affecting Britain and more every single day
...meanwhile, the Government is so busy fighting itself it has no idea what its own strategy is!

Whatever people voted for in 2016, we are sure they didn't vote for job losses, poverty, global derision, and increased hatred on the streets.

On June 23rd protest to demand - at the least - a vote to stop this madness. If your like us you will likely be demanding this entire lunacy is stopped immediately!

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Windrush and Brexit

by Raymon Moonilall

I'm the son of a Windrush immigrant.

My father left his family and moved to the UK because as a British citizen he was asked to come and help rebuild a post war Britain and take on jobs that English people at that time, didn't want to do. He and his fellow immigrants arrived with high hopes of a bright future. Instead they found a country that was cold and citizens that were for the large part hostile. My father and his fellow immigrants lived in the cheapest housing, often overcharged by unscrupulous landlords because of their colour; it was all they could afford, and anyway, many landlords refused to rent out to "niggers", "sambos", "spades" or "darkies". I still remember signs landlords used to put up in their windows stating; "NO IRISH, NO BLACKS, NO DOGS". They put up with being ignored in queues, treated as second class citizens at work and being beaten up or simply spat at on the street. My father would phone to ask about rooms to rent, he'd be informed that there were plenty available, only to turn up on the doorstep to be told that the rooms had all been ‘miraculously’ rented.

As a youngster I listened to my father's friends discuss the trials and tribulations they went through. They had a far from pleasant time. My father couldn't afford shampoo and washed his hair with Daz for months after his arrival; the same detergent he used to wash his clothes - it was all he could afford. Friends of his sometimes had to eat tinned cat or dog food because it was cheaper than the human equivalent. Of course there were exceptions - I remember instances of warmth and kindness from some non-blacks. Thankfully, not everybody was prejudiced.

Like most Caribbean immigrants, my father intended to make some money and go back home to his family. However, life got in the way. People married, had children and made a life in the UK. As they grew older, family members back home passed away until, as in my father's case, there was nobody left to go back home to.

My father committed a worse crime, he married a white woman! Walking down the street with his white Spanish wife was not easy to say the least. However, they stoically put up with the whispered and shouted insults. Their sons of course were "half-caste" who were regularly stopped and searched by the police, followed by store detectives in supermarkets or barely tolerated by white neighbours; that is until they were seen holding said neighbour’s daughter’s hand. Some of our white friends parents would not allow us reciprocal visits to our friends houses, despite professing that they had loads of ‘coloured’ friends! It is no surprise therefore; that whilst Caribbean immigrants were generally law abiding citizens whose nature was friendly and outgoing, many of their children's attitudes to the world around them were shaped by the hostile environment they grew up in.
My parents worked hard for over 40 years and decided to move to Spain for their well-deserved retirement.

They found peace there, as well as the warmer climes they had left behind.

In 2016, their world was turned upside down by the Brexit referendum result. Suddenly they were; as the Prime Minister said "citizens of nowhere". Their small pension took a 30% hit and at ages 86, their future and much needed health care in Spain was placed under threat. A referendum in which, they who had contributed to the UK tax and social security system for a combined 70 years or so, were denied a vote, having been outside the UK for over 15 years, but in which career criminals, drug pushers, murderers, rapists and people who've never seen a day's work in their life were given their say. This despite the fact that it is they, and fellow emigrants like them who'll be the most affected by Brexit - if it happens...

Windrush citizens - because that is what they are - have been treated in a despicable manner. There are committees, quango’s, and study groups that consider and decide on policy before it's enacted. I do not for one minute believe that they did not consider the most important immigration event of the last century. I am convinced they simply didn't care. In the case of EU citizens, this self-centered, blasé, indifference towards their rights shames Britain and its citizens.

The irony is that should my father be forced to return to the UK because of a post Brexit scenario in which he can no longer receive medical treatment in Spain (which by the way is of a much higher standard than the NHS), my mother would not be allowed to return, and if he were allowed back, my father would likely be one of those threatened with deportation and no health cover.

The indifference of the Government towards EU and Windrush citizen's rights, and the ignorance and self-centered attitude of many leave voters who were too short-sighted to understand many of the implications of their vote, has indeed meant that my father has become a "citizen of nowhere".

This is why I will fight Brexit to the bitter end.