Richard Harradine has just been in England and is inclined to believe that the Poles are right to get the hell out of there as fast as possible.
After spending a wet and windy break back in the UK, I thought I would put down one or two thoughts on the current state of Britain in relation to ‘The Big Migration, and would welcome your comments/observations.
In opening a topic which is currently ‘hot’, I should apologize in advance if I upset any of the gentle readers out there. The opinions are totally my own, and I’m in no-ones pay.
So let me start off by saying that I saw a very interesting programme on one of the English channels entitled, “What it means to be British” and apart from confirming what we already know, (moslims find it more difficult to assimilate), there were no surprises. This question could easily be asked of Poles and I would imagine the answer is more obvious than the British one.
I myself find it frustrating because being born in Kenya, schooled in Zimbabwe and not setting foot in the UK till I was sentenced to a few years at an English public school, I consider myself a white African….which went down like a lead balloon when I mentioned the fact to black Americans and Brits.
OK, so my parents are English and that makes me British in my book because I wasn’t born in that country, but am British through my line. Am I right or wrong? Isn’t an Asian living in Wolverhampton, born and bred, more English than I?
Which brings me to the point of this post. Do the large number of Poles living in the UK intend taking British citizenship ( I doubt it), or remaining economic migrants and firmly Polish? I suspect the latter, and can find nothing wrong with that. And nearly everyone I talked to had only positive things to say about Poles in general, and workers in the building trade, in particular. Mind you one of my friends told me that he went on a hot date with a polish girl, and she took him to the Polish church in Ealing. His reaction to that is unprintable. He couldn’t work out whether she had marriage on her mind, or was simply trying to get him used to her and her habits on a Sunday.
And to be quite honest, Britain’s wheels seem to have fallen off, notwithstanding the heroic Olympic efforts. It is unashamedly one of the most expensive places on the planet.. prices don’t go up in the UK by the rate of inflation or anything like it. The gas company has just hiked prices by 30%. Thirty per cent, for heaven’s sake. How they can do it beats me.
The biggest problem, though facing the UK is the collapse of civil society and the ‘me’ generation. At the heart of this, is an unpalatable truth that British politicians will not, or cannot tackle. And it is this..without a good education, a person can more or less kiss goodbye to competing with everyone else in the years to come. And yet the majority of kids in England can’t wait to get out and start working at 16. Only, they don’t want to start working at unskilled labour which is all you can do without qualifications, and largely want to be paid for doing something they imagine they’re good at, preferably football, pop music, acting or some other vocation that is usually out of reach to most of them for a variety of reasons. So, the lure of easy drug money on the streets, and the rise and rise of the gang culture in Britain today is unsurprising. And seeing this, the Poles are quite rightly thinking that it’s no place to bring up children, and heading home.
I know I have rather oversimplified the reasons for this social malaise, but believe me, it’s there. We tend to think of Poles as drinkers, but the Poles I know in London hate the pub/club scene when it always ends with some drunken English lout bawling at them because the attractive Polish girls didn’t respond to his desperate, pissed chat-ups. You know the kind of thing….I heard one fat, drunk yobbo in London say loudly in a crowded bar, “Why don’t you bloody Poles head back to your iron curtain, and leave us our jobs”. Uneducated, wrong, but there you are.
So, to sum up, I think that a lot of Poles are realizing that working in England is no picnic, and given the recent financial turmoil there, Poland seems positively buzzing by contrast. So no wonder they’re coming home.. I could go on longer about what’s wrong in the UK, but I would welcome some of your thoughts on the subject.