The Windrush scandal reflects a complex set of issues


LilicoThe elements of the Windrush story are multi-layered and complex, and they reflect many other similar stories that have some of the same layers deep down within them. The Imperialist history of the pseudo combined nations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which is often referred to as the United Kingdom or Great Britain gives us all a complex set of shared memories and expectations which vary from one person to another in terms of what we think they support. On a simplistic and superficial level many of us struggle to understand how GB and the UK differ in their definition. I recall when I was coordinating a national campaign which emerged in 2008, how back in 2006 as we sought to put together our publicity that a team of around 12 people who all operated at a national level in senior roles within Church organisations, that we struggled at a particular meeting to work out if we referred to the UK or GB because we were not certain of the difference between them. The fact that most people in our connected nations fail to grasp the difference between GB and the UK, helps to explain how difficult it is to determine the complex causes behind the Windrush scandal. The fact that a senior person in the Institute of Economic Affairs and the principal of Europe Economics is willing to publicly claim that the scandal is not related to Brexit or Immigration is deeply concerning. Andrew Lilico is not a stupid person. However both Brexit and Immigration have had a significant impact on the way in which the Windrush scandal and associated issues have arisen in recent months and years, just as the issues such as identity documentation has. I know of far too many people whose security in their residency and connection with our nation is much lower than is good for them or for our nation. We need people like Andrew Lilico to have the guts to accept that Immigration and Brexit which are themselves deeply connected, are currently damaging our nation and the lives of many thousands of innocent men and women.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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