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My battle with Britain's mean, ineffective immigration system

‘Controlling immigration’ means being rude to foreigners — as I found out

27 April 2013

9:00 AM

27 April 2013

9:00 AM

When I first came to this country nearly a decade ago, Britain wanted immigrants like me. Back then you could get a visa just for being creative. It was called the ‘Artist, Writer, Composer Visa’ — a Blairite flight of fancy if there ever was one — and all you had to do was fill out a form proving that you’d made a name for yourself in your country of origin in one of those three disciplines. The application, as I recall, made a point of including conceptual artists and sculptors. I’d published a novel in Canada, so I was in. It was that easy. Thinking about it now makes me want to weep.

Back then, Britain was more upbeat. There were jobs in the media and journalists still had expense accounts. Pizza Express was a place in which you might like to eat a pizza. The super-rich hadn’t yet bought up every last lush bit of west London, so when you walked through Holland Park during the day you might see mothers with their children, rather than lonely Filipina servants feeding ducks.

In short, life was good. Better than now, anyway, when the British weather and economy seem locked in a deathmatch for the title of historic new low. And despite this, I find myself back in Canada awaiting yet another visa, separated from my eight-month-old son by an ocean (he had to stay in London with his father for mandatory medical treatment and my residency permit was up) with no clear idea when or if I’ll be allowed back in the country and reunited with my family.

I won’t bore you with the intricacies of my immigration tale, but suffice to say it involves several visas, much ping-ponging across the Atlantic, a 36-hour border detention, over £10,000 in fees (legal and governmental), acres of paperwork and absolutely no hate crimes, terrorist activities or benefit applications on my part. The problem is not that I don’t qualify — I do. I have a British son and partner and a long history of legally living and working here off and on over the past ten years. But Britain doesn’t want me, or any new immigrants, at the moment.

I’m bad for business but, more importantly, bad for votes. David Cameron has promised to halve net immigration to Britain by the next election — a promise he seems to have made because it sounded good in a speech, not because it was really achievable. The problem is that he has no control over the EU nationals who come to settle. So the only way he can meet his target is to deter people like me: non-EU nationals. And if Britain is to be deluged by Bulgarians and Romanians, as the newspapers keep telling us, then the only way the Prime Minister can meet his target is to kick out an equal number of us former colonials. Or make the immigration process so unbearable that we give up.  So being rude to foreigners has become de facto British government policy — as I am finding out.

Ukip doesn’t want me here either; nor, obviously, does the BNP.  Even Ed Miliband wishes I’d get on a slow boat back to Moose Jaw. He did an ad on telly just to make it clear that he sympathises with people who think I should stop taking up space on this page (a British writer could be filling it just as well) and also made the point that it isn’t racist to say so.

These days, when someone calls me a ‘Yank’, or asks in a slightly derisive tone where I’m from, I try not to take it personally. I used to answer ‘Shepherds Bush’ until I noticed that only irked people further. Given unemployment rates and the state of the economy, this sort of anti-immigrant sentiment is understandable. As many commentators have pointed out, most recently David Goodhart in his book The British Dream, the UK’s post-war policy of openness to outsiders has not always been good for the country. ‘This is an open society struggling, not always successfully, to make good on its promise of a decent chance in life to people of all backgrounds,’ he writes. Of course this is true. It’s also true that the current system, manned by the twin monoliths of the Home Office and the UK Border Agency, is so inefficient and opaque that it defies all logic or reason.

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When Theresa May declared last month that she was abolishing the UKBA, citing its ‘closed and secretive’ culture and 310,000-application backlog, I jumped up from the sofa and punched the air. Sadly this turn of events comes too late for me. As it stands, I can expect to be reunited with my family in a month or possibly two, provided the UKBA doesn’t see fit to reject my application on the grounds that there aren’t enough convincing holiday snaps of Rob and me or I’ve forgotten to include both originals and photocopies of every page of my past four passports — which my lawyer informs me they’ve been known to do.

I went to drop off my four-inch-thick application earlier this week on the 25th floor of a tower block attached to the biggest mall in downtown Toronto. This is not the British High Commission but a US company called ‘World Bridge’ which specialises in faceless bureaucracy. The young woman who fingerprinted and photographed me explained how the system works.

‘We’re not allowed to give you any advice here,’ she said, ‘and we don’t have any influence over the outcome of your application. After you leave here we’re not supposed to see you again and if you’re rejected it has nothing to do with us.’

Is it possible, I wondered politely, to actually speak it someone who decides? I was hoping to explain to someone, in person, about my baby son and his medical treatment and our forced separation. I needed to explain how his dad, who works long hours at a newspaper, is now also a single father on evenings and weekends, and for who knows how long? And how I’d never spent a night — or even more than a couple of hours — apart from my son until now. I thought if I could do this it might help speed things up. The young woman smiled sympathetically and shook her head. ‘Sorry,’ she said, ‘you can only speak to me.’

‘And you have absolutely no power or influence whatsoever?’

‘That’s right.’

The backlog is the problem, of course. If there wasn’t one, I could have stayed in London and applied from home. But according to my lawyer, the waiting times at the moment are somewhere between a year and 18 months. That’s how long the Home Office expects prospective immigrants to hang on without passports or the right to travel (or in some cases work) for a decision that will determine the course of the rest of their lives.

I suppose these monumental delays have a covert purpose, which is to act as a passive deterrent. If you make sure a system is broken enough, people will just give up trying to work within it and leave.

The truth is, a so-called ‘immigration cap’ is a fallacy for any EU member country — foreigners from all over Europe pour into Britain every day availing themselves of jobs and state-of-the-art healthcare without any hassle at all. There’s nothing shocking in this. That’s just how open borders work.

But in this new immigrant-averse Britain, there is only one group left to push around, and that’s people like me: non-EU immigrants. We are all viewed as grasping parasites until proven innocent, even the highly educated, English-speaking among us who come with investment portfolios and shipping containers of tasteful homewares. To make up for the torrent of EU immigration, the Home Office has opted to torture those of us it can with ever-more labyrinthine bureaucracy and rising fees. Presumably they figure those of us who don’t run out of money or become confounded by the process of trying to stay in Britain have proven ourselves worthy of the privilege. The reality, as David Sedaris, a fellow North American expat in the UK recently observed, is that they are ruling out anyone who can’t afford an immigration lawyer.

My situation is of course madness. But it’s madness with a message: if you don’t like the system, we invite you to leave. Please take a complimentary Daily Mail on your way out.

Instead of being held captive in Britain, I decided to fly back to Canada and apply to be my boyfriend’s fiancée. We’ll be getting married some time this summer. We’re both delighted to do so — but resent the Home Office telling us how and when.

Who does this system help? No one really, but I suppose it looks good. Making life miserable for my family, and non-EU immigrants in general, means David Cameron can make grand speeches about cracking down on the problem of immigration, even if it makes virtually no difference to the fabric of British society at all.


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  • Shazza

    Difficult for you but not for those from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran, Somalia……..

    • Roland Brown

      It is extremely difficult for Iranians to move to the UK, and those who do are often highly-skilled and erudite people who have fled the horrors of theocracy.

      • Bob339

        Thankyou for that cheerful bit of news. If only we could say the same for all the other freeloaders.

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        I just say I’m Iranian to make myself more popular.

    • Chatterclass

      It is as difficult for those people too. The thing is that it never used to be difficult for people from the ‘right’ ‘white’ former colonies. Now it is difficult for all.

  • Shazza

    Difficult for you but not for those from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran, Somalia……..

  • James

    I’ve heard it on good authority Abu Qatar is a contemporary artist. However, I believe Cameron is cleaning up the mess of not just one, but thousands of criminals who are a strain on the system and pose a threat to civilised people. We have to do things lawfully and that is what we shall do. I don’t think the British can be accused of being racist or xenophobic myths – not only did we conquer most of the world, but on our own shores have been a leader in multiculturalism and immigration far too long, but our hospitality has been abused.
    I don’t want a country full of rapists, murderers, terrorists, child-traffickers, drug smugglers and alike. I’ve got more concerns for children in future generations because my son and daughter should be able to grow up in a safe environment. I do not have a problem with decent people or anyone who contributes to our island, but its about time we cleaned up the mess.

    • http://twitter.com/randyfmcdonald Randy McDonald

      “I don’t think the British can be accused of being racist or xenophobic myths – not only did we conquer most of the world”

      Actually, xenophobia and racism _do_ go a long way towards explaining the conquest of a large chunk of the world.

      • James

        I disagree. I’m not sure you can attribute xenophobia and racism to any historical British imperialism.

        • http://twitter.com/randyfmcdonald Randy McDonald

          People who want to live in peace with their perfectly decent neighbours and distant places of which they know little tend not to try to conquer and colonize those neighbours and places.

          • James

            Perhaps you should consider history and how peaceful Christians were attacked and conquered by Islamics.

          • http://www.facebook.com/rfmcdonald Randy McDonald

            How that explains the conquest and colonization of non-Muslim populations is beyond me.

          • Chatterclass

            peaceful Christians?? Have you not heard of the Crusades?

          • James

            If you go back to school and study history, you will find Christian crusades were actually a backdrop for the earlier Arab-Byzantine wars (muslims) and motivated by recovering land previously stolen by islamic muslim crusaders.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            … the Inquisition, injustice to women, persecution of the Jews, the African slave trade, forced conversion of indigenous peoples in South America, sexual abuse of children in orphanages from Ireland to Australia …
            And I haven’t even got my trousers off yet.

          • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.spengler.7 Arthur Spengler

            I wish people would look into the history of the African slave trade before they pontificate about it. Arabs and Africans started it, we just joined in and expanded the business. Although it must have been horrific for the African slaves themselves (sold by their fellow Africans don’t forget), their descendants have reaped the reward of living in Europe/W. Indies/USA instead of the hell-hole of the 3rd world. Don’t see many of them rushing back to the motherland.

          • Bob339

            Conquest brought many benefits. I have travelled in all the countries of the former empire and heard very often the people wishing it had never gone away.

          • Dogsnob

            …until they get strong enough.

      • Bob339

        The British Empire was, for most countries (India, Pakistan, Africa and the USA), the only taste of true civilization they have experienced. All of these countries are inherently grateful for our presence. Without the British women would still be thrown onto their husbands funeral pyres in India, Africans would have no education or medicine, the USA would not be civilized to the extent that it is.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1551171308 Gali Golan

          ….White Man’s Burden, anyone?

          • Bob339

            If you do not like white men. Go home. We will not be sad.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            Take up the White man’s burden
            Send forth the best you breed
            Go bind your sons in exile
            To serve the captive’s need.

        • srkris

          You look like you could benefit from some German intelligence and education. Good reason for them to invade the UK and make you feel grateful?

          • Bob339

            You mean I ‘look as if’ and, by the way, I am German.

        • Justin Kuenstle

          Right… Cause the French didn’t have 1/3 of the continent nor the spaniards. Moron

        • Arsenal1Again

          You insult China, Afghanistan, Austalia (the size of Europe), New Zealand, Canada and a host of other countries Bob339. Not to mention countless Carabbean islands and others + a fair few Arab countries, lol. Interestingly, the biggest land owner in the USA today is Queen Elizabeth II of England and the United Kingdom.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deegirl247 Donna Napier

      That’s all well and good as long as the government deports the EU rapists, murderers, terrorists, child traffickers, drug smugglers and the like as well as the non EU criminals. What about the right of the author’s son to grow up with father AND mother, instead of being punished just because the mother is Canadian ? And, I’m sorry, but just because Britain conquered most of the world does not mean they are not and cannot be racist or xenophobic – there are some fine videos of British racists and xenophobes on youtube, if you must enquire. Are you saying Britain must no longer lead in multi culturalism or immigration and then claim to be tolerant and non racist and non xenphobic ??? Or is it just because Britain is running out of room to house the swarm of immigrants coming to your shores ??? What about those who genuinely fall in love with a British citizen ??? I’ve given up an outstanding job, a network of support, family, friends I’ve had over half my life and numerous other things because I met the love of my life – who just happens to be white British. I have three beautiful children and ILR, and it would kill me if I had to be separated from them and my husband just because I’m not British. I look at Britain as my home, warts and all, and feel a deep sadness that people with your views cannot accept people like me :( JusI’m just an immigrant, after all :(

      • James

        Male rights to grow up with children is not governed by creed or colour but sex. I agree that a small minority of white racists exist in Britain, but I also agree the statistics show more racist attacks on white people in the UK and historically if you go back to earliest civilisation Islamics attacked white people. I’ve heard more cases of genuinely falling in love with British passports than I have women. However, let me assure you that I’ve not got a beef with immigrants or foreign people, only those who are milking our system and those who are a danger to civilian life.

      • Bob339

        There are two kinds of people: racists and liars.

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        Smell up and wake the coffee, luv.
        Britain sucks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.spengler.7 Arthur Spengler

        Why don’t British citizens who fall in love with foreigners go and live in their countries? Or are Brits not welcome in foreign countries? I don’t understand why you all have to come to this very small and crowded island. Canada is rather spacious, I was told.

        • Peter Piper

          So British citizens should leave the country, but gypsies from Romania get free work permits and free benefits the minute they show up. Does this really make sense?

  • MikeF

    …and who introduced the concept of ‘hate crimes’ into the process in the first place?

  • James

    Maggots do not like simple truth.

  • Guest

    As a Canadian expat living in Scotland I can relate. But can you imagine going through all of this if English wasn’t your first language? I still can’t get a credit card, my cell phone is pay as you go, and yet we will persist in staying here at least for the time being. Best of luck.

    • edlancey

      Stop moaning.

      You can’t get a credit card in Canada until you’ve been there two years. It’s a good idea to stop scum running up debts then doing a runner.

      Also, Canadian mobile phone market is crap and ludicrously expensive – a pay-as-you-go in the UK is a lot better value than a contract in Canada.

  • sarahsmith232

    god, reading this makes my blood boil.
    I’ve been around a couple of Americans with nightmare tales to tell about the immigration system as well.
    why does she have to go this? well, as she says in the article ’cause free movement of people means the non-EU ones get shafted. I would say, as well, ’cause the PC brigade has got this country by the short and curly’s. saying ‘of course it’s better to have educated, intelligent, Christian Canadian’s over illiterate Somalian’s and . . er. . .’devout’ Islamic immigrants from parts of Pakistan that have a higher regard for their goats than they do their women’ is not only considered beyond the pale amongst the chattering classes they ensured it became a criminal offence.
    we not allowed to discriminate on the grounds of what is screamingly obviously beneficial for this society, we have accept immigration policies that first and foremost ‘don’t discriminate’ this must be priority number one. if this means that this country gets over-run with 3rd world benefit cheats then oh well, ‘course far more importantly, we’re not running a discriminatory policy. i wish the Left would fuck-off and die somewhere

    • Roland Brown

      When objecting to illiterate and uneducated immigrants, take care to avoid superfluous apostrophes, or “apostrophe’s”, as you might call them.

      • Mohammad Khan

        When contributing to a serious debate, take care to avoid being seen as a pedant.

        • gonwithewind

          Especially when said pedantry is clearly nothing more than a vain attempt to bring a swift halt to a line of argument you disagree with but can raise no rational objection to…!!!

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      So letting the wrong people in and keeping the right people out.

      • John Border

        You’re well out jacky baby.

    • John Border

      You idiot – it’s Tories who are doing this. Your nasty christian rant sickens me.

    • Eddie

      Have you tried being a Brit getting stopped by the rude, abusive, stupid, lazy, political correct pigs at Canadian immigration?

      Having been stopped twice and delayed for 5 hours each time for no reason (I am a white male British professional with no crimmy record) I am so fed up I shall never visit Canada again – except if I approach by road from the US (I may try that once – but any delay will mean I certainly won’t be bothering with Canada again).

      But now I have the stamp of some Canadian moose-heffer woman put in my passport – evidence that I was delayed for no reason to me, but the morons at Canadian immigration will always stop me now with that on my record,. Thanks Canada! F you!

      (I think now the political correct Canadians probably target honest hard-working British white men so they can’t be accused of stopping too many brown persons).

      Pots and kettles, deary. Pots and kettles.

      Oh, and the Canadians jealously guard their own jobs too. I noted when I was there that in the fields I work in, no openings were available to foreigners (well, probably brown ones were welcomed in, but not Brit whities). However, having stayed in Canada, I decided that living there permanently would be tantamount to death by boredom, so I have no idea why people emigrate to that outpost (maybe why most Brits head to Oz or NZ to escape our multiculti mess).

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        Time for a passport change. You don’t need a reason beyond “I just hate the photograph”, but try dropping it in a bucket of oil. Still legible but it really smells.

    • gonwithewind

      The true Left has absolutely nothing to do with it – (not to be confused with Bliar’s “New Labour” Left, which certainly has an awful lot to answer for!) The fact is, however, that even this white Canadian lady is really only coming up against a dumb nation with very little going for it but now absolutely determined to cut its ridiculous immigration figures solely at the expense of White Euro types like her. Why? – because the UK still simply daren’t let itself be seen being beastly to dark skinned 3Rd-Worlders who’ve been pouring in, virtually unchecked, for decades and breeding like…eh, ahhm?……….. (appropriate terms invited…!)

  • Max

    My wife is Turkish. We are in the same situation but childless (we darent even bother thinking of children until we are ‘safe’) She is there, waiting, alone. We cant afford a lawyer. I work as much as possible… Its hideous… We are really getting to the point where we are thinking of trying to go somewhere else together. More immigration, paperwork etc, but at least we can do that together!
    What a sad day it is when legitimate couples are sacrificed in the name of votes, some of us actually being run out of our own country just so we can be with the person we love!

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      And check what HM Immigration charges for non-EU spouse visas. Literally in the thousands. Take the hint and relocate to her country or even a third country.

    • Bob339

      Bring her here. They will not chuck her out. Don’t leave the lassie in Turkey on her own!

    • edlancey

      why don’t you go and live in Turkey ? – of course she wouldn’t have looked at you twice if getting her (followed by her family) out of that dump hadn’t been part of the deal.

      • http://twitter.com/willshome willshome

        Oh, you are foul? That’s how you get your jollies? Fair enough. Loser.

    • johnslattery

      I’m sorry the backlash against mass immigration has had this effect. But blame the politicians, not the poeple. Britain is basically a very tolerant country. It was the deliberate abuse of that tolerance by politicians that has given rise to this situation.

  • pgarner528

    Its all very well criticising UK immigration policy, but has the writer looked at the reverse – i.e. a UK citizen trying to emigrate to Canada ? Unless you are in one of a very small number of professions, its very difficult. As for the USA, if you are from the UK, its almost impossible to get a visa.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      But come on, the United States of Torture; who in their right senses would willingly place themselves within US jurisdiction, let alone want to relocate there?

      • Dogsnob

        Have you ever travelled to the US?

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          A couple of times. The last time hoping to witness the re-defeat of George W.

          • Dogsnob

            Were you not in your right mind then, these couple of times you placed yourself within US jurisdiction?

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            That was then. Now is now. The US has gone progressively mad.

          • Dogsnob

            How very dull.

      • Karla’s Man

        Having to read your words are torture enough!

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          Don’t torture yourself, Jock, That’s my job.

          • Karla’s Man

            Blow me!

    • Roy

      When a UK citizen applies to emigrate, the country the person wishes to live does not know what it will be getting! It could represent at least a dozen different ethnicities. All well and good if you love and adore the world of abandonment of your cultural look and practice. But not if you are clinging to a mirror image of your grandparents and their cultural inheritance. The country you are entering could be China, Japan, or suchlike where settlement is denied for other than Chinese or Japanese. When an Englishman was an Englishman or a Scotsman was a Scotsman is no more, since we are unable to stand by our forbears, unlike these other nations who are protected by their world category of perception. We live and accept others in the world of trade and commerce but they wisely see to it they remain a national identity to who they are.

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        Rob, Rob…
        You slip in under the wire on a tourist/cultural/student/journalist … visa. And make it legal later. An all-Brit family dragging on you gun arm? Hell, boy, I’m the living proof you can emigrate to Japan. Although I doubt Japan is so keen on Chinese of late. Your biggest asset is that “English gentleman” image. Think positive, it’s solutions you want not difficulties.

        • Guest

          Rob? Get the name right, you foreign plonker!

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            Foreign? So you’re not British then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694530436 Gerard Hearne

    I hope your #settlementvisanightmare is over soon.

  • Richard Lockhart

    Stop messing about. Marry your partner and be done with it.

    • edlancey

      It was tough, and wreathed in self-pity, but you obviously didn’t make it to the last sentence where she cheerily informed us of the impending nuptials.

      • Andrew Amesbury

        The bit about getting married has been added recently. It was not there yesterday – she just talked about her “partner” not boyfriend fiancee. And I am surprised that a Spectator writer chooses to have an illegitimate “love child” instead of getting married first. Not sure what they call such children in Canada but in England the word begins with “b”.

  • Jignesh Kapadia

    What about Canadian immigration? About 300,000 files unceremoniously closed after waiting for three years… No reasons given, nobody to talk to, those categories removed without even a hint of apology.

  • disqus_vh3ozeGl0E

    putting aside any comment on the mess of an immigration system we have; I am so sorry for your predicament and I hope you are reunited with your son very soon

  • thanksdellingpole

    Want to sort out immigration to get things back the way they were? Then follow the National Culturalism movement: nationalculturists.org

    Respect cultures.

  • Karla’s Man

    This Country probably would not have to put up unfortunate barriers against Canadians and Australians, if Canada and Australia have not let in so many non-English and non-French-speaking immigrants in the recent decades and give them Canadian and Australian passports and other papers, mostly Chinese and also a lot of Vietnamese.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Front runner for the longest sentence on a blog page. And this joker claims to be British.

    • John Border

      People like you are a problem; you mean British, and not English dont you?

      • Karla’s Man

        Not a clue with you incoherence.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rfmcdonald Randy McDonald

      No, Britain chose to impose immigration restrictions against Commonwealth countries–specifically against “white” Commonwealth countries like Canada and Australia–in the 1970s, either before or jusst after these countries adopted non-racist immigration policies.

      I wonder how many people favouring the exclusion of Commonwealth citizens from the UK also want Britain to do something with the Commonwealth.

      • Karla’s Man

        This is all academic. There are now millions of Chinese, Vietnamese and Indians in Australia and Canada. I can however see a case of relaxing the rules for certain States and Provinces of Canada and Australia.

        • PurbeckPashmina

          Rubbish. Just because he has a fetish about Britain he imagines everyone else does.

          • Karla’s Man

            “Perhaps you need something to do, good lady. You are clearly under-occupied, or drunk. On reflection, most likely both apply.”

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Didn’t some publicly spirited person remove this yesterday, Carla?

          • Karla’s Man

            I can do yours for you for free, if you like!

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Beyond your powers to narcotise me, make me foreign in my welcoming land or to bring doubt to my sexual identity old fruit! I’ve done you up like a kipper with no charge already!
            .
            Btw you are better as Guest. Suits you here’

          • Karla’s Man

            Whatever you say, Rogers!

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Poor Carla! How did you get on His PC?

          • Guest

            Interesting friends that you keep, Cllr..

            Copy it quick, guys.
            Does the Authorised version of the Holocaust really hang together when exposed to pragmatic analysis? Authorised version being that prisoners (mostly European Jews) sent to the camps by train, and most went straight to the gas chambers. After which the bodies were immediately cremated.
            Keep in mind that Auschwitz is the Holocaust “flagship” and without the gassing/cremation part, all you have is another 20th century mass murder/genocide.
            Limiting to Auschwitz, Crematorium #2
            Official data show that some 500,000 were gassed/cremated between spring 1943 and November 1944. A period of 20 months (max.), 610 days, approx.
            #2 Crematorium had five ovens, three “muffles” per oven (15 muffles). Clearly this was designed for individual cremations in a coffin. Somewhat absurd to imagine that ashes were going to be handed to grieving relatives.
            Assume a body takes an hour to cremate. Sure, you could “double up”, two bodies in each muffle by dispensing with coffins, but it would take twice as long with essentially no fuel saving.
            Bottom line, the cremation process was a serious bottleneck. The Authorised version would work only were it claimed that the bodies were buried in pits. But a fudge like that would discredit the entire story (myth). Provoking the comment; “So what else isn’t entirely Kosher?”
            Do the Math:
            15 bodies cremated per hour (or 30 per two hours)
            360 per 24-hour period
            219,600 cremated in 610 days
            This is assuming absolutely zero downtime (repairs, parts replacement, fuel shortages, shift change over …). Even with German efficiency that’s a bit of a stretch.
            To gas 500,000 at up to 2,000 a time, at least 250 separate gassings would be required. However, even working to full capacity it would take 5.5 days to cremate the bodies. To process the alleged number (500,000) within the stated time frame (610 days) would require a gassing every 2.44 days. But with the facilities available it would have taken 5.5 days to cremate 2,000.You might also want to look at
            the Fred Leuchter Reports. His team took some 40 samples from the walls of the supposed gas chambers, which showed conclusively that there were no traces of
            hydrogen-cyanide compounds. While the walls of a smaller facility used to
            delouse clothes and blankets were saturated in cobalt blue stains. This test
            was repeated some years later by another team of experts with identical
            results.
            Then there are the Auschwitz Death Books finally released by Russia (not covering the full period admittedly) that show some 130,000 deaths.

            Jack, Japan Alps.

            http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/douglas-murray/2013/04/memo-to-irans-apologists-president-ahmadinejad-has-denied-the-holocaust/

          • PurbeckPashmina

            I saw footage of Auchwitz in the early 1960s at a Film Club my father ran. It was real.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            You saw a lot of dead bodies, sure. At the very end of WWII,
            Germany was decimated by Allied bombing, and supplies of food and medicines interrupted. So many in the camps died of typhus. I think you’ve missed my point, which is that; the mass gassings and cremations were essentially Allied propaganda.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            The ovens were real and used. Your arithmetic is pretty irrelevant both to the absolute numbers of covilian Jews murdered (and hence the holocaust) and to the efficacy of the camps at killing. My Dad was a BUF supporter before the war forca time and never got over his racism, and the film he got was taken independently of any government. The holocaust wasn’t a government publicity stunt.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            It’s the massing gassing and cremations that I’m calling attention to. Did they really happen?

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            For the first time ever I grateful for Jock McNutter not just for reposting my comment, but for exposing the Spectator’s hypocracy.
            Spec, you deleted this when I posted it, so how long are you going to allow this reposting to stand? You know who own a MSM publication by the type of comment that’s deleted.
            Clearly, any deviation from the Authorised version of the Holocaust is verboten.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            Jock posts at the most uncivilized hours. Either an insomniac or posting from an entirely different time zone.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            It’s his daft racism and attempts at British xenophobia which I dislike.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            As an ultra-nationalist, Karla here believes that no true Brit
            could possibly willing live outside the UK. Thus if he resides outside UK, as his posting times indicate, that makes him the biggest hypocrite on these pages.

          • Karla’s Man

            Rubbish! Your English is American (American English)! Stop mucking about!

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Yours assuredly isn’t that spoken or written in England.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            His version of English is so stilted I doubt it is his first language. His obsession with correctitude (LOL!) suggests that too. Unfair comparison I suppose but some Indians have been pilloried for their tendency to look down on Indians who aren’t English enough. Those obsessed with caste do not adjust well to a more democratic society.

          • Karla’s Man

            “Englished”, as a verb, surely?

          • Karla’s Man

            Sunt pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rfmcdonald Randy McDonald

          “Demographic assault”?

          At least you don’t try to distinguish between white and black South Africans.

          • Karla’s Man

            Well, mind you, immigrants from Poland are Whites too, but they are not exactly welcomed in England with open arms, are they?

          • PurbeckPashmina

            For the most part they are. Lots of dentists, pharmacists are Poles. Very popular.

          • Karla’s Man

            For the fruit-picking season, certainly! The fruit-cakes need their fruit, of course!

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Your fruitiness is of another kind!

          • http://www.facebook.com/rfmcdonald Randy McDonald

            I just wonder how many of the people who have no problem with keeping citizens of Commonwealth countries–traditionally white ones like Canada and Australia, traditionally non-white ones like India and Jamaica, and countries in between like South Africa–out of the United Kingdom at the same time that they think UKIP’s project of keeping the UK out of the EU an into a revived Commonwealth is swell.

            You can’t have both.

          • Karla’s Man

            Apologies for my stalkers. We are not actually leaving the European Union (and the Americans wouldn’t let us do so without serious “repercussions”). This is obviously one big British sound-bite to extract as much of concessions as possible from the French and from the Germans.

            For those who really do, such as the United Kingdom Independence Party, they want “free trade”, but not “the free (or any) movement of persons”.

            Any new free-immigration treaties or arrangements within the Commonwealth would need to be done upon a bilateral basis between states, rather than a unilateral free-for-all gesture for all the Third-Worlders of the Commonwealth to come to England. We have a treaty with the Irish, the Portuguese have one with the Brazilians, the Australians have one with the New Zealanders, and the Spanish used to have one with the Argentinians.

          • http://www.facebook.com/rfmcdonald Randy McDonald

            “For those who really do, such as the United Kingdom Independence Party,
            they want “free trade”, within the Commonwealth and with the United
            States of America, but not “the free [mass one-way] movement of persons”
            from the Commonwealth.”

            You’re not going to get that grand deal without free movement of persons. And why would the flow be only one way? Canada, at least, has received more immigrants from the UK than vice versa.

            (Not, I should note, that the terms you raised would be at all acceptable. Discriminating against Canadian citizens of non-European background, or against entire provinces with large immigrant populations, is a non-starter for any plausible Canadian government.)

          • Karla’s Man

            Except that the Canadian model of official multiculturalism, dismissed as “state multiculturalism”, is increasingly discredited and rejected in the United Kingdom. What might be perceived as “racism” or “racial discrimination” in some parts of modern Canada would be seen as preserving and maintaining traditional national cultures in the United Kingdom. If what is written in Wikipedia is to be believed, than the United Kingdom (which is really England) probably operates more on the Québec model than the Canadian model.

            Citizenship or Canadian nationality by simple right and virtue or birth, or “jus soli”, is also not acceptable to Britain. We cannot really have hundreds of thousands Chinese and Mexican anchor babies with Canadian passports going to England just to receive a free education, even if they were to return home back to China.

            “What I am about to say is drawn from the British experience, but I believe there are general lessons for us all. In the UK , some young men find it hard to identify with the traditional Islam practiced at home by their parents, whose customs can seem staid when transplanted to modern Western countries. But these young men also find it hard to identify with Britain too, because we have allowed the weakening of our collective identity. Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and apart from the mainstream. We’ve failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong. We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values.”

            David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Munich Security Conference, Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Fifth of February 2011

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_multiculturalism
            https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interculturalisme
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchor_baby
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_tourism
            https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pms-speech-at-munich-security-conference
            https://www.securityconference.de/
            https://www.securityconference.de/en/

          • http://www.facebook.com/rfmcdonald Randy McDonald

            Barring Canadian citizens of non-European origin from access to the United Kingdom, or trying to make the Canadian government enforce racist British immigration laws like the ones you’ve proposed, is a non-starter if you want the Commonwealth to mean anything.

          • Karla’s Man

            This is not so much about “race”, but “religion” and “national cultures”. Well, here it is. We have enough of the lot from Pakistan and Bangladesh, unintegrated and probably can never be integrated, without having yet another lot from China, India and Sri Lanka! With improved communications and a more prosperous India and China, why would any immigrant from China or India integrate into the greater host society?

          • PurbeckPashmina

            What we don’t need are racists and cod xenophobes such as yourself.

          • Karla’s Man

            Poor Canada! We all know that Canada, Australia and New Zealand were forced to take in millions of Hong Kong and Malaysian Chinese immigrants due to British and American pressure, with dubious benefit to the national economies of the three respective Countries.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            I met all sorts of happily co-existing Canadians on holiday in Cuba: Ango, French, Polish, Pakistani whom I can remember. You’d not like Cuba. It’s extremely friendly, even to Americans who have persecuted the place for 50+ years.

          • Karla’s Man

            And the natives can’t wait to leave their own Country! Bolshie tripe!

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Nonsense. Its one world, and we all have our preferences. The Poles might have been avoiding someone like you. You might learn what your attempts at insults in English mean, I’m a Brownite.

          • Karla’s Man

            “Here is a decent, ordinary fellow-Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

            “We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen.”

            Enoch Powell, Birmingham, 20 April, Year 1968.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            One of the high points of immigration into Britain, but lower than 62/3 when restrictions were expected. I left the Labour Party when the 1968 Commonwealth Immigration Act was passed. I like Britain with immigrants: we are all either immigrants or descended from them, or we are foreigners, as you appear to be. I’m delighted my son enjoys living in Hackney, I like visiting him.

          • Karla’s Man

            There is nothing wrong with immigration and immigrants per se, provided of course that they either intermarry with the natives, and go to the font, integrate, assimilate and be absorbed, or remove themselves with their descendants at the end of their terms and stay, and not producing generations of offspring that feel that they belong more to their respective little ancestral homelands than to England.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Takes time … and their successors lie about their ancestry, as all those imaginary Anglo-Saxons do. Folk are folk, and in the Yorkshire vernacular, there’s nowt so queer as folk.

          • Karla’s Man

            Not when you just simply marry a local lad or lass (in Church) and “throw in with the lot”, instead of deliberately seducing local lasses in order to engage in a bit of “Sharia-compliant” Mohammedan polygamy, together with a lot of those sweet, innocent, illiterate child brides with no English brought in from the Punjab, Kashmir and the Bengal, as a lot of those Mohammedans currently do. That was what the old Chinese immigrants had to do in the olden days, before the 1940s.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            There were people from the Angle tribe, and people from the Saxon tribe, but really what there was was a series of cultures which spread into England. It’s disgusting that you and the islamo-fascists turn the Muslim religion into a race to be for or against. My guess is you’re a lying atheist. My local C of E church has a mission to Muslims, I’m proud of them, 2/3 women priests. :-)

          • Karla’s Man

            Mohammedans are heretics, infidels and enemies of Christ, His Gospel and Christendom. All Christians have a duty to rise up against them.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Which church accepts you? The USA one which uses rattlers in their worship.

          • Karla’s Man

            The visible One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic (from the Nicene Creed) church of Jesus Christ. The membership of the Invisible Church is only known to Christ.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            I pray He will help you.

          • Karla’s Man

            In rejection of Mohammedanism. So help me God.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            He won’t. He preached Love, your hatred sticks out like your weird attempt at English.

          • Karla’s Man

            Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Zzzzzus.

          • Karla’s Man

            Damnant quod non intelligunt.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            I shall presume that you are suggesting that English is your third language.

          • Karla’s Man

            Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            He’s really gone over the edge this time.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            See, I told you he’s deranged.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Christ turned His other cheek. He stayed the sword of His disciple. He did not command uprisings against those of other religions.

          • Karla’s Man

            Whether heretics ought to be tolerated?

            Objection 1. It seems that heretics ought to be tolerated. For the Apostle says (2 Timothy 2:24-25): “The servant of the Lord must not wrangle . . . with modesty admonishing them that resist the truth, if peradventure God may give them repentance to know the truth, and they may recover themselves from the snares of the devil.” Now if heretics are not tolerated but put to death, they lose the opportunity of repentance. Therefore it seems contrary to the Apostle’s command.

            Objection 2. Further, whatever is necessary in the Church should be tolerated. Now heresies are necessary in the Church, since the Apostle says (1 Corinthians 11:19): “There must be . . . heresies, that they . . . who are reproved, may be manifest among you.” Therefore it seems that heretics should be tolerated.

            Objection 3. Further, the Master commanded his servants (Matthew 13:30) to suffer the cockle “to grow until the harvest,” i.e. the end of the world, as a gloss explains it. Now holy men explain that the cockle denotes heretics. Therefore heretics should be tolerated.

            On the contrary, The Apostle says (Titus 3:10-11): “A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, avoid: knowing that he, that is such an one, is subverted.”

            I answer that, With regard to heretics two points must be observed: one, on their own side; the other, on the side of the Church. On their own side there is the sin, whereby they deserve not only to be separated from the Church by excommunication, but also to be severed from the world by death. For it is a much graver matter to corrupt the faith which quickens the soul, than to forge money, which supports temporal life. Wherefore if forgers of money and other evil-doers are forthwith condemned to death by the secular authority, much more reason is there for heretics, as soon as they are convicted of heresy, to be not only excommunicated but even put to death.

            On the part of the Church, however, there is mercy which looks to the conversion of the wanderer, wherefore she condemns not at once, but “after the first and second admonition,” as the Apostle directs: after that, if he is yet stubborn, the Church no longer hoping for his conversion, looks to the salvation of others, by excommunicating him and separating him from the Church, and furthermore delivers him to the secular tribunal to be exterminated thereby from the world by death. For Jerome commenting on Galatians 5:9, “A little leaven,” says: “Cut off the decayed flesh, expel the mangy sheep from the fold, lest the whole house, the whole paste, the whole body, the whole flock, burn, perish, rot, die. Arius was but one spark in Alexandria, but as that spark was not at once put out, the whole earth was laid waste by its flame.”

            Reply to Objection 1. This very modesty demands that the heretic should be admonished a first and second time: and if he be unwilling to retract, he must be reckoned as already “subverted,” as we may gather from the words of the Apostle quoted above.

            Reply to Objection 2. The profit that ensues from heresy is beside the intention of heretics, for it consists in the constancy of the faithful being put to the test, and “makes us shake off our sluggishness, and search the Scriptures more carefully,” as Augustine states (De Gen. cont. Manich. i, 1). What they really intend is the corruption of the faith, which is to inflict very great harm indeed. Consequently we should consider what they directly intend, and expel them, rather than what is beside their intention, and so, tolerate them.

            Reply to Objection 3. According to Decret. (xxiv, qu. iii, can. Notandum), “to be excommunicated is not to be uprooted.” A man is excommunicated, as the Apostle says (1 Corinthians 5:5) that his “spirit may be saved in the day of Our Lord.” Yet if heretics be altogether uprooted by death, this is not contrary to Our Lord’s command, which is to be understood as referring to the case when the cockle cannot be plucked up without plucking up the wheat, as we explained above (10, 8, ad 1), when treating of unbelievers in general.

            The English Translation of the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas, English Dominican Province, and F. Raphael Moss, F. Leo Moore, F. Bede Jarrett and F. Innocent Apap, and Edus., Canon Surmont, Westminster, Year 1920.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Your attempt at Christianity mocks Christ. And closely resembles the sort of wrangling islamo-fascists use with their Koran to justify their violence.

          • Karla’s Man

            Who are you to disagree with Saint Thomas Aquinas?

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Not me sunshine, Jesus Christ. And the disagreements are in your nasty head.

          • Karla’s Man

            Yet Saint Thomas Aquinas is still a Saint of the Church of England. I am not aware that the Church of England officially condemns his teachings.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            I’d rely on Christ if I was you. “Get thee behind me Satan.” among the love.

          • Karla’s Man

            Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            You mean the dude who claimed he could levitate? Levitate? He couldn’t even get up in the morning.

          • Karla’s Man

            “Dude”? How old are you? 12?

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            Jock’s got this racial purity hang up. This helps explain why he label those that disagree with him as being non-Caucasian and non-British. This is far worse than being narrow-minded. Deranged xenophobic racist bigot is nearer the mark. Have you noticed how he’s never wrong, however illogical his assertion? He still won’t accept that the Trans-Siberian express was running in the 1970s, despite massive evidence to the contrary. But for the Spectator, patriotism however deluded, however illogical or insane trumps all other considerations.
            Jack the Japan Alps Brit

          • Karla’s Man

            “Racial purity”? You would know! You live in Japan!

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            So illogical.

          • Karla’s Man

            Risus abundat in ore stultorum.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            This is a British publication. Use English not some dead language.

          • Karla’s Man

            Vox populi, vox dei.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            I wonder how many Chinese voices represent God in your cockamamie world?

          • Karla’s Man

            Labour Councillor, your delusion knows no bounds. Curiously, for a Dorset lass, you know a lot about Yorkshire ways. Bradford, isn’t it?

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Quite mad. My ex wife lives in HK. Her English is … rather better than yours.

          • Karla’s Man

            Stop messing about! Which part of Mirpur did you and your parents come from?

          • Mike, Dalian

            Ah, the Yorkshire vernacular! My favourite is “All’t world’s queer except me an’ thee, and even tha’s a bit funny at times”.

          • PurbeckPashmina

            Ay .. there’s nowt sa queer as folk …

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            That’s rich. He thinks he’s being stalked.

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          The guy’s a racist. What more do you need to know?

          • Karla’s Man

            Ah, the race card again!

        • Socrates

          The simple thing to do is to restrict immigration to those that (a) speak English fluently, (b) are high skilled with a decent qualification for a good university and (c) will swear an oath of supporting British democratic values such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion etc.

  • Radhika Puar

    Agree and sympathise completely with the author.

    Well I’m glad to hear that Canadians and Americans are subject to the same harassment as other Commonwealth and Non EU Nationals.

    But on the other hand, it is mind boggling that some one such as myself – who was educated in the UK at a top 3 British University not too long ago, cannot re enter in a work capacity and contribute to the British economy.

    My degree is best valued in the UK, and thus my capacity to generate revenue (and taxes) is best in the UK. However, I am not welcome in the UK and I am looked at as a liability on the British tax payer and economy- which is nuts when you consider that as a Non EU national, it is mandatory for me to pay ALL taxes- but I am not allowed to avail of ANY benefits.

    Well, it’s not my country so ok, your rules, but don’t you think it’s just a little bit stupid to throw out/ make it as difficult as possible for an educated, revenue generating class of labour to work in your country when you have no money, and have more debt per British head than you have ever had before?

    Remember that as a Non-EU national my taxes pay for benefits that support the poorest of British poor, AND any EU migrants availing of similar benefits.

    If British coffers are running dry, it’s because they chased away people that had no choice but to put money in- but never take it out, and frankly, serves the British right for not recognizing how much migrants contribute to HMRC.

    They deserve the mess they are in.
    Let me ask the British government (political class and bureaucratic class) this. You are

    • edlancey

      “Well, it’s not my country so ok, your rules,”

      the rest is just self-pitying froth.

    • Framer

      Every extra person takes a job from someone here. Simple as that.

  • John Border

    I’m sorry to read this nightmare. It doesn’t matter that other countries do similar stuff. It’s crap.

    I wish people wouldnt use horror stories like this to attack others who wish to immigrate, especially when it borders on racism. And that guff about Christians – ugh.

    • Dogsnob

      What guff?

    • edlancey

      you’re an idiot, and a mincer.

    • SchizoidMan

      why didn’t she take the baby with her ?

  • Andrew Amesbury

    Nothing in the article revealed why it is so essential for this Canadian to live in the United Kingdom. Why can’t she just relocate her family to Canada? I want zero gross immigration and that goes for Canadians as well as Asians and Bulgarians. One or two Canadians is fine. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians and Britain ceases to be British and becomes Canadian. There are a quarter million French living in London for heaven’s sake. The world has gone mad. Leah McLaren you do not need to live in the United Kingdom. You have a country and it’s called Canada. British responsibility towards Canadians ended in about 1860. You need to accept that you can’t always have what you want.

    • edlancey

      nor why she couldn’t take her little anchor baby back to Canada with her.

      • Socrates

        And what if Canada takes the same view of her British boyfriend? I thought conservatives were supposed to believe in marriage and stable families…

    • http://twitter.com/willshome willshome

      Er… have you forgotten how there came to be English-speaking Canadians in the first place? If the world has gone mad it went mad when the British put down roots in Jamestown in1607 (and practically every place on earth since). Lecturing others on the presumption of wanting to live in other people’s land is unedifying.

    • Socrates

      There aren’t even a hundred thousand Canadians in the UK, let along hundreds of thousands in the plural. She should live in the UK because she is clearly an intelligent woman that wants to integrate into the British nation and is married to a Briton with a British child. People like the author are going to drag the average quality of the UK population up, and are badly needed lest the undeducated groups that have the most children become a majority.

  • OneFlew

    It’s also become quite difficult for companies who want to bring in non-EU expats. It’s quite a lot easier just to give up and bring in the best available European, rather than the best available person who may be an American.

  • RodCl

    We Canadians were only too welcome in August 1914, and September 1939……..and all were volunteers, too.

    • Andrew Amesbury

      If the Germans had won the war in Europe and risen to a position of world hegemony (which they very nearly did) do you think they would have left North America alone? It was in Canada’s interest (as well as the Americans and the West Indians and the Africans and the Asians) that the Germans were defeated. So please do not tell me you were doing us a favour in 1939. I honour the sacrifice of the Canadian volunteers. But as for the rest of the Canadians and Americans you were very conveniently fighting the war well behind the front line and at no real danger to yourselves.

      • Karla’s Man

        And without the British Royal Navy, Scotland, Ireland, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon (right at the entrance of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence), Bermuda, the Azores and the Bahamas would all had turned into bases for the German U-Boats.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Rod, you should be more concerned at the way Canada has relinquished the high moral ground.

  • Eddie

    Have you tried being a Brit getting stopped by the rude, abusive, political correct pigs at Canadian immigration?
    Having been stopped twice and delayed for 5 hours each time for no reason (I am a white male British professional with no crimmy record) I am so fed up I shall never visit Canada again – except if I approach by road from the US.
    But now I have the stamp of some Canadian moose-heffer woman put in my passport – evidence that I was delayed for no reason to me, but the morons at Canadian immigration will always stop me now with that on my record,. Thanks Canada! F you!
    (I think now the political correct Canadians probably target honest hard-working British white men so they can’t be accused of stopping too many brown persons).
    Pots and kettles, deary. Pots and kettles.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      Canada’s really lost its way in the last couple of decades. Used to be a beacon of democracy, human rights, free speech, civil rights, civil liberties …
      Taking in US draft dodgers, AWOL soldiers disgusted by US excesses in Vietnam… Now it’s sold out and become a US *hore.

      • Karla’s Man

        “Moral high ground”, as in the old Canadian Loony Left?

  • Roy

    Britain has never needed immigrants.

  • alistairofabuhabi1951

    Leah, why not do everyone a favour and return to Canada…after all, it’s such a vibrant, culturally stimulating country…I’m sure your “tasteful homewares” reflect your deep insight into what really matters. For god’s sake, grow up!

  • Charlie Boy

    OK here’s what you do Leah. Convert to Islam (at least nominally) Wear a headscarf veil thing. Get yourself a nice long dark plain dress and stuff a cushion down it. Wear both with pride. Look submissive. Learn broken English and walk to the front of any bureauocratic queue, interrupt whatever’s going on and start speaking it. Demand your rights and your welfare handout. Problem solved.

  • Karla’s Man

    It is becoming plainly obvious that ” @PurbeckPashmina:disqus ” is in fact originally from Mirpur, Jammu or Srinagar in Kashmir, by way of Bradford. To him or her, restrictions on immigration is a bit like Turkeys voting for Christmas! We wouldn’t have to be so tough on the Immigrants if he and his lot had not turned this Country into such a fine toilet (not that the Australians and the Canadians helped themselves by letting in just as many Chinese, Vietnamese, Punjabi and Tamil immigrants)!

  • cpl brown

    we just do not want you here immigrants have been forced on us by government how many immigrants do you see fighting for this country and being bought back in body bags answer none it is all take take take and we are sick of it we should be allowed to kill immigrants.

  • sailormac

    It used to anger my father to no end when English people would emigrate to Canada but stay British and not become Canadian citizens, even after 25 years here. So, Leah, after 10 years in the UK , engaged? with a British born son, why haven’t you taken out British citizenship. If you want to retain your Canadian citizenship , fine, but don’t whine about the difficulties of renewing your visa.

  • Peggy Townsend

    Thank you for writing this article. I am an American married to a Brit. We are both in our late 50’s and have only been married a year. He served 13 years in the British Army (2 tours in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s) and went to the Falklands. He has survived this and in the past 5 years, survived cancer. He struggles with PTSD and Osteoarthritis and short term memory loss. I take care of ”the love of my life” making sure he takes his meds on time and that he does not miss any of his Doctor appointments, etc. I have been waiting for 9 months for my Leave to Remain Visa to come trough so I could go to work ( I was a Private Carer in the USA), take care of my husband, Volunteer for various charities and be a productive member of the British Society here. In all accounts, we are a loving and peaceable couple who have a warm and loving life together.

    Our heart breaking, earth shattering answer came in the post yesterday. I was refused Leave to Remain, because we do not have a suitcase full of money.I have 11 days to call and tell them my plans to leave the UK or an Enforcement Order will be issued against me.

    Not only does my husbands care go out the window, but so does his security in knowing he has someone who loves him and cares for him. The HOme Office does not care that this action will only exacerbate his PTSD and put his health more at risk. They do not care they have broke up a loving, law abiding couple and shattered any hopes and dreams we had together.

    I prayed for years for God to bless me with a ”man like David after God’s own heart” and He not only gave me that but a warm and loving man named David, only to have the heartless and uncaring Home Office separate us and treat us like we are nothing.

    Where is the humanity in this? We are more than words on countless forms we have had to fill out, not to mention the money we have had to spend. I thought I had no more tears to shed, but I was wrong. May the Lord forgive them for all the hurt they inflict on people.
    Thank you for letting just a portion of our story be told.
    God Bless.

  • Enoch

    We need white, English speaking immigrants, especially like you. We are not, as the cunts on the left, who hate us, insist what we are. There was and still is a desire by upper elitists to consider us as fully multicultural, with all its advantages: cheap nannies, cleaners and ethnic restaurants. But, as we have seen, the native working class, despite what that lying cunt, Dianne Abbott, says, do not like living among Muslims, Blacks and Asians. 600,000 white, British people have voted for this with their feet. BLiar, the fucking, no-good weasel, along with his Scottish cadre of cunts, should all be charged with genocide, for attempting to cleanse our capitol city of its native people and culture.

  • Darcie Birdsell

    Excellent article – sums up my frustration and sadness, realizing my life-long dream of moving to and living in the UK will likely never, ever happen. Short of an abrupt change in policies, Canada will be stuck with me I think. But I also appreciated the insight into the impact of the EU – sitting here in Canada, my thought process didn’t naturally go there with regards to the question of ‘why is it now so hard to get a work visa? Is it something I said?!’ Very eye opening and forces me to be realistic. I think I’ll go drink something weighty now….

  • Neil

    I’m an America who graduated in the UK and had work experience and was forced to leave after years of living, due to how impossible it is to get a work visa now. I miss London everyday and all I want to do is back but that’s virtually impossible. Count yourself extremely lucky that you can remain there, that it is actually a possibility.

  • Jennifer 222

    HI My Name is Jennifer , I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called dr ABULU of( abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost family to me with his great spell, I was married to this man called James we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give he a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was now looking for ways to get he back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com) then you wont believe this when I contacted this man on my problems he prepared this spell cast and bring my lost husband back and after a month I miss my month and go for a test and the result stated am pregnant am happy today am a mother a baby girl, thank you once again the great ABULU for what you have done for me, if you are out there passing through this same kind of problems you can contact he today on his mail (abuluspiritualtemple@yahoo.com or his website, http://abuluspiritualtemple.webs.com and he will also help you as well.

  • Robin laura

    I have been in great bondage for about 4 years
    suffering in the hands of a cheating husband. We were living happily
    until he meant his old time girl friend and he started dating her again
    outside our marriage and before i knew it he stopped caring for his own
    family, to the extent that he was planning to marry her and divorce me. I
    cried and reported him to his family members but he never listened to
    anyone and to cut the story short, i came in search for a real spell
    caster who could destroy their relationship and make him come back to me
    and our 2 kids again; on my search i saw people sharing testimony on
    how their marriage was restored by Dr. Eze Malaka and i pick his email
    and told him the problem that i was going through, and he agreed to help
    me and told me never to worry. After he had finished casting the spell,
    on the second day, they both had a quarrel and he beat up his
    girlfriend and he came back home begging me to forgive him that his eyes
    are clear now that he will never do any thing that will hurt his family
    again and promise to be a caring father and never to cheat on me again.
    I am so happy that i did not lose him to the girl and all appreciation
    goes to Dr. Eze Malaka for his great work. You are a Great spell caster
    and to you all that are faced with this or similar problem to this,
    please contact him now on extremewhitelovespell@yahoo. com or his WEBSITE ADDRESS is http://extremewhitelovespell.webs.com once again thank you Dr. thank you, thank you.

  • Dora Lawson

    Hello i am MISS DORA LAWSON,I am out here to spread this good news to the entire world on how i got my husband back.I was going crazy, mad and confuse. when my husband left me for another woman last month,But when i meet a friend that introduce me to DR ADAGBA the great messenger to the oracle that he serve,I narrated my problem to DR ADAGBA about how my ex love left me and also how i needed to get a job in a very big company.He only said to me that i have come to the right place were i will be getting my heart desire without any side effect.He told me what i need to do,After it was been done,In the next 2 days,My love called me on the phone and was saying sorry for living me before now and also in the next one week after my lovely husband called me to be pleading for forgiveness,I was called for interview in my desired company were i needed to work as the managing director..I am so happy and overwhelmed that i have to tell this to the entire world to contact DR ADAGBA at the following email address and get all your problem solve..No problem is too big for him to solve..Contact him direct on: adagbaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com and get your problems solve like me, call him via;+2348115200304

  • Madela Nelson

    My names are madela nelson, I am from UK, I never believe on
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    loved my man, without him I feel incomplete, and I was looking for a way out to
    get him back, I emailed Dr and share all my pains and worries to him, but he
    told me that I should not worry about anything, that I am on the right place,
    he only ask for some love and return items which I provided he cast the love
    spell on my ex husband, because I sent his picture and contact to him, in the
    next 48hours he called me and ask me if I am at home that he would have liked
    to meet me, then already I know that the spell has already worked, which i said
    no problem, he came to my place and ask my hand back, that I should forgive and
    forgive everything that he is now here to take good care of me and to stay with
    me forever, I am so happy and I will always be saying good words about him,
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  • sophia andres

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    need to do,After it was been done,In the next 12 hours,My love called
    me on the phone and was saying sorry for living me before now and also
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    forgiveness,I was called for an interview in my desired company were i
    needed to work as the managing director..I am so happy and overwhelmed
    that i have to tell this to the entire world to contact Dr Ikuku at
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  • Rev Dave

    Contact the spell caster today … daveangela08@gmail.com

    (1) If you want your ex back
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    Thank you.

  • http://www.bancosyprestamodedinero.info Sr. Mark Steven

    Thank you for your article! It touches my heart deeply because I have recently went through something similar case .About 3 years ago my husband left me and 2 of our kids for 3years to another woman. During this years of our separation I was so broken, so I finally went to a friend of mine who directed me to a spell caster Dr. Oduduwa (dr.oduduwasamuelhightemple@gmail.com) who helps me in reunite my family and then i felt peace and felt whole love again. After the casting of the love spell, My Ex-husband offered me a job, to work at his His company. so I obeyed and went. After working together in 1 week we had come closer & starting dating and hanging out as a family with the kids again, Dr. Oduduwa has restored our marriage in a way I have NEVER expected, but I’m truly Thankful!

    Contact Dr. Oduduwa today on: dr.oduduwasamuelhightemple@gmail.com
    Best Regards,
    Mavel Harrison

  • Maria A Thompson

    ​I had my long distance relationship for almost 4 years now, Our relationship was okay and good, but for some reasons I couldn’t understand My ex boyfriend broke up with me for almost 3 weeks now, and it me sad,frustrated, devastated having mix emotions to face the reality that he doesn’t want to work it out anymore, I dint know what else to do until i search and bumped into this testimonies regarding Love spell and i read some of those who had the same problem i had and until i found Dr. Alex who can cast spell to bring your partner back at first i was hesitant to do so but eventually i tried his power to cast spell bring back your partner back because of his kind hearted, generosity He did Help me and i am so happy about it. Thank you so much Dr. Alex you May contact him here (solutionhelpcentre@gmail.com) also reach him on his website at (http://solutionhelpcentre.webs.com) or call him on +2347036013351

  • Arsenal1Again

    This is food for thought and the sauce on top of it. It’s a real eyebrow raiser. Firstly it’s a woman from Canada, a country with very tight ties with the UK, for example people with a British passport get an automatic 6 month Visa when visiting Canada … and this woman has a British born child with a British boyfriend.

    The super interesting thing about this article is that it’s so often the reverse of this. Usually an British Indian or British Pakistani male who has gone to India/Pakistan to return with a wife, something they are paid to do, or a British Indian or British Pakistani female who has gone to India/Pakistan to return with a husband, something they are paid to do. – and their applications are automated and not refused.

    My son-in-law was a Sri Lanken Tamil Tiger who was imprisoned for 8 years by the Sri Lanken government. He entered the UK illegally 12 years ago via the back of a truck which crossed Eastern Europe, applied for asylum seeker status and got it. After that visa expired he was asked to leave the country by the Home Office. He married my daughter and appealed and still he was asked to leave the UK. So he worked illegally for ex-illegal immigrants in the network throughout Aylesbury, Bucks. All cash in hand, he worked double hours for half the pay. My daughter was working and this supplemented the income. He worked illegally like this for 10 years and somehow was hooked up with a lawyer in Birmingham who got him a type of citizenship, some sort of probationary citizenship.

    Since then my daughter has left him, separated, with two children he fathered. He racked up 12 months of rent arrears and worked legally during that time because of the starnge type of citizenship. The 7/7 bomber from Aylesbury, Lyndsay, was known by my son in law, as too was his wife Samantha Lewthwaite who went on to do her own terrorist stuff in a Kenya Shopping mall … yet my son-in-law was never questioned about this at the time and it was before he was granted this weird type of citizenship. The Birmingham lawyer instructed my son-in-law to not mention his Tamil Tiger past during the prceedings and so he lied to immigration and got the weird citizenship. He is still in Aylesbury trying to reconcile with my daughter who does not live in his town any longer.

    I’ve resented how easy it is for illegal immigrants to extend a middle finger at our immigration laws and eventual become legal, but I’ve always been pro Canadian. Austaralian and New Zealand immigration, especially Canadian because most have one or two British born parents and a ton of relatives here in the UK, are raised like a British person in Canada and come to the UK with the intent of living as a British person, embracing our culture and living as one of us … but this article shows how hard it is for them while …

    …. it’s super easy for a convicted terrorist Tamil Tiger who after 12 years speaks like he entered Britain yesterday (I can barely understand a whole sentence he says) and after being told to leave the country twice by the home secretary because of his terrorist past, who knew terrorists in this Country before they killed British people without being convicted, and despite the government knowing he has worked illegally for 10 years (a crime) did they question him about the people he worked for, where he lived, how he funded the Birmingham Lawyer? Nope. Didn’t even question him about the Aylesbury terrorists he was associated with. They could take down a whole underground network in place within Aylesbury which solely processes illegal immigarnts, houses them, finds work for them gives them advice on how to keep their profile off the radar, etc => By just pulling him in. They would unearth terroist associated people too. My son-in-law not only lied about his Tamil Tiger past on his application, he also claime to be Christian when really he is Muslim.

    This is the Britain we live in today, the people the Government wants in … and the people they don’t want is the woman who wrote this article. My daughter was 16 when she married the 28 year old Tamil Tiger terrorist. He is forty now, she is 28 herself today and hoping to get a divorce. He threatens to take the boys back to Sri Lanka, something I tell her will never happen because he knows he cannot return to Britain, but it has her scared – despite knowing the boys are British and will be extradicted back to the UK.

    I thank the author of the article for giving such a great comparative narrative and here I’ve reciprocated with the flip side of the same coin.

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