Thing that makes me very sad is racism. Its rife in the media at the moment as we seem to be having an imigration backlash. I find it all very hard to swallow. I went to an international school, with african royalty amongst lots of other interesting people from all over the planet.
I love the idea of multiculturalism. I think Britain has become fantastcially rich with the cultures of the world. I love the myriad of food availiable now in every city. I love foreign films, from the glitz and spectacle of Bollywood to the sesnsory delight of french cinema to the new iranian film industry just getting to its feet. There is so much to see but its so amazing that we can see some of it from here.
I love seeing people in traditional dress – its boring when everyone looks the same.
Imigrants do not offend me. They don’t! During my many years in Leicester I always lived in the terraces. My neighbours on one side were a muslim family, I think they might have been Kurdish refugees. And I survived!! They were polite to me and dic not makes lots of noise even though they had visitors most of the time. There were no cars up on bricks and they did not (god forbid) put their rubbish in my wheely bin. My neighbours on the other side were also muslim and were a large iraqi family. The had lots of jolly children. They only bothered me at night running up and down the upstairs corridor but they were all under 12. Thats life – i’dhave been more concerned that children that young didn’t make any noise!
On the corner was a shop run by a British Pakistani couple. Since they were not Christian/Catholic they opened every single day of the year. Fine by me!!
I used the same asisn taxi firm for the 7 years I was in Leicester. For most of those years I had the same driver, 3 times a week. We were great friends. I called them once at 3am from the side of the road in a village outside the city, a long way from home after I had left a very difficult and potentially violent situation. A car turned up in minutes and a very concerned, sympathetic driver took me home and calmed me down. He was also asian.
Since I have been in the south west I have personally played a part in the employment of east europeans. I worked in industrial recruitment for a while and placed dozens of slavic types in jobs around the south west. I can honestly say that i have never seen any evidence whatsover of them ‘taking our jobs’. They are always less likely to get legal employment as they do not speak as good english as you or i. However what I did see alot of evidence of was extremely lazy, workshy indigenous brits. You do not get poles phoning the agency at 8am to say ‘um yeh sorry i cant take that £7ph job today as it will mess up my benefits’ I kid you not. At least once a week. I never gave a job to a pole over a brit. But there were occasion where I would have liked to!
I like everyone. I don’t mind sharing my space with other people, wherever they come from. So there.
Disclaimer: Actually I don’t like everyone. There are about 10 people I know personally who I can’t stand. Ironically they are all white. Oh wait and one of my professors. Also white. And the BNP. And Thatcher. George Bush. You get the idea.