It was about immigration

My Uncle George (born 1915) had strong views on the subject of immigration.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 22nd July 2016, 8:36 am
Updated Friday, 22nd July 2016, 9:39 am

He was angry so many immigrants had been allowed to settle here.

He always said: “I am not a racist, but they should stay in their own countries.”

One thing that really annoyed him was that British people had never been allowed to vote in an immigration referendum.

From the moment in 1948, when the Empire Windrush brought the first West Indians here from Jamaica, successive governments denied the people a vote on the matter.

George grumbled that nobody ever asked him if he wanted Britain to become a multicultural society.

Like many working-class people he supported Enoch Powell.

Mr Powell became a pariah figure with the establishment, but his message was popular with many.

Today’s pensioners will remember him well.

In the final days of the EU referendum campaign, it dawned on me this was going to be the vote on immigration Uncle George always wanted.

Other issues would be overlooked in a backlash that’s been coming for years against the cosmopolitan class.

The Blair Government made an awful miscalculation allowing so many Poles to come here 10 years ago.

David Cameron chose to have the referendum at a time when we have Albanians crossing the channel in dinghies and Somalis walking through the channel tunnel.

Charles Napier