Thanks for coming

‘They just come ere and tek our jobs’, ‘They don’t pay any tax and just want benefits’.

Our veggies in Lincolnshire are picked by nice people from the Balkans: our City banks and finance houses benefit form the best brains in Europe and further afield; Vodafone’s global HQ felt like the United Nations; the lad who delivers the Amazon parcel is from Macedonia; the hotel waitress is from Katowicze; the nurses are from Australia.
On behalf of my country, I would like to give you a warm welcome and say thanks for coming.

There is nothing stopping people living here already applying for the same jobs. Our country has adopted free market principles where the best people will be hired; so we are getting the best people.

Headlines screamed that net migration to the UK is at record levels; they say we are being overrun by swarms of migrants. I quite like the swarm.

It is of course not a problem at all for us Brits to live in various warmer European countries, Australia etc. People who do that are expatriates (like I was for 15 years); people who come to our place are grouped migrants.

Yes, we cannot allow people to come just to get state benefits, but most come to work hard; folks, that is the story of migration since the year dot.

Germany, the country I admire most, managed to integrate 25 million people, and should provide asylum for about 800,000 people; UK number will be less than 80,000. Oh, and things are generally pretty good in Germany.

So, welcome to the UK, keep contributing, don’t listen to the people who are rude to you, learn our language, understand our funky culture, try your best at school (because the schools try very hard to make it easier for you) and pick up one of our nice regional accents.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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