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February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Sure, admittedly, I have been drinking from the Cameron fountain since my own mini U-turn following his appointment but unashamedly, I do applaud DC for his Hampshire speech. Our noble PM had the guts to go where not many other dare to walk and when they do, they don't strut as he did but rather sheepishly hop, skip and jump the ugly truth. Now rhetoric and policy are entirely different matters of course, but so far the rhetoric sounds good.

In summary, what DC said is that immigrants undoubtedly have contributed a tremendous amount to Britain in numerous ways but we need to be selective about who we let in and through which channels. Students, refugees, skilled labour, entrepreneurs and the wealthy are all mentioned.

As a first generation Indian immigrant I think it is incredibly important to consider the integration issue and not be sheepish about expecting immigrants to localise and adapt. It starts with speaking English and goes as far as preventing forced marriages. It's essentially the perfect diet about the quality but not quantity of calories since the British waistline is bursting. The coolest thing about this speech (yes, the coolade sugar is setting in now) was how he kept it real and spared no sensitivity from being poked at. Ultimately we know the Brits would rather live on the dole than work for minimum wage doing something considered to be beneath them (Enter the POLES)... DC nailed it. He tied it back beautifully to why Britain needs to get her lazy tusch off the benefits couch and get productive. Only then will this dependency on cheap labour will recede and note that they haven't stolen any jobs yet. Policy however has to play the tough role of being able to discern between contributing and detracting immigrants.

I'm Indian and my family celebrates every Indian festival and makes as much noise as the family running the cash'n'carry in Wembley. But there is nothing in my culture that prevents me from blending in to the British landscape while still being Indian. Now the Opposition of course attacks mindlessly. So for clarity, the new policy released till now does not prevent foreign students from applying to British universities any more than before so the LSE need not fret. Foreign students with job offers post graduation will not be deported. The crackdown is on excessive baggage for the state; precisely the noncontributing aliens we all complain about. There will be no dependent visas allowed for undergrads, only for postgrads from now. Only approved education institutions will be allowed to sponsor students for visas so every education provider needs to get authorised for the purpose of cracking down on bogus agents who pose as colleges and traffic people over under the guide of students.The prerequisite standard for English has also been raised. Bravo!

This was a very cool speech indeed. I commend it for its relevance, clarity, comprehensiveness and guts. Let's see if the policy now sustains this trend. @Scuderia_gal

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