National Windrush Day

A most welcome letter which I received today

Dear Anthony,

Today is the first ever National Windrush Day – 70 years since the arrival of HMS Empire Windrush.

Onboard the former German cruise ship were around 500 settlers from various Caribbean islands, including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago, who had been invited to help rebuild post-War Britain.  They would go on to build their lives in Britain, contribute to our way of life and help make Britain prosperous.

Many, including my family, filled labour shortages in the National Health Service, which was founded just a fortnight after the ship reached Britain.

For nearly three quarters of a century, the ‘Windrush generation’ of which I am part, arrived from the Caribbean to play an invaluable role in our country. They worked hard, paid taxes, and became part of the fabric of British society, as have their children and grandchildren. Britain owes them a great debt of gratitude.

Those who came to Britain during the Windrush era, did so on the understanding that they were British citizens, and that is what they are: no less British than any one of us.

As patron of the Windrush Foundation, I am thrilled that today is National Windrush Day. In order to shape our future we must acknowledge our past, and an annual Windrush Day does both by reminding us of our heritage and focusing future generations on how the Windrush pioneers paved the way for them.

But the government must realise that there is much more to do and we have to expect better – to value and respect our many migrant communities that make up the rich fabric of British society today.

So let us use this day to celebrate the extraordinary Windrush community, their contribution to our country and our culture.

I wish you a happy National Windrush Day

Floella

Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE

Southport – New Tory MP in hot seat over leaflet

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseysides-only-tory-mp-accused-14561067

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

I saw a copy of the controversial leaflet last Sunday and what actually stood out to me about it was the fact that local head teachers were pictured in it. I know I would be having a word with any head teacher of a school I was a governor of if they appeared in a political publication – indeed I had to tackle a head teacher over this very type of thing a few years back. Of course they will all quite properly have their own political views but from my perspective head teachers need to be seen to be politically independent.

But yes a green (as in colour, not politics) leaflet from a true blue Tory is odd, maybe the Conservative brand is more than a little ‘damaged goods’ at present because of the May/Corbyn appalling Brexit and the equally appalling Windrush scandal.

And as another thought who paid for the leaflet, the Tory Party or Parliament? Odd that it has been delivered during the election period for Sefton Borough?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

The Windrush Generation – Some of them are being treated appallingly

In recent times I see my country acting in ways that make me deeply ashamed of it and this is another sad and worrying example of us turning on our own people as the powers that be seek out scapegoats for our increasingly everyday racism.

www.channel4.com/news/the-windrush-generation-fighting-to-be-british

Channel 4 has the story on its web site – see link above

What really gets me about this is that instead of regularising the paperwork each time one of these seemingly unregistered (and there could be 50,000 of them!) cases comes to the surface some of the poor people involved have been locked up. That’s no way to treat people we invited to our country no matter how or why the law was changed regarding them in 1971. They are British and should be helped to resolve any paperwork issues from generations ago without the need for them to be locked up and threatened with deportation.

If we can be so intolerant towards our own people what on earth does it show about how we are treating modern day refugees! What on earth are we coming to in Brexit Britain?

Please sign the petition linked below:-

petition.parliament.uk/petitions/216539