MAKE MINORITY GROUPS FEEL WELCOME IN UK
IF I were a Polish person living and working in the UK, I would be quite anxious following the devastating vote to leave the EU.
They might well say “We’re not welcome here any more” but I would seek to reassure them that the opposite is true.
People of many nationalities have settled in the UK and there is a sizeable number in Chesham.
Only last weekend a new Polish shop opened in Chesham.
Don’t forget, many Poles died in the war on the side of the allies and there has been a Polish Club in Amersham for years
Although other nationalities have put down roots in the town, the Poles have made the biggest impact, witness Brazil’s and the Tavern.
Here a family team has worked extremely hard to establish a successful enterprise and they have become friends with many of us.
They provide something Chesham needed – something more than a coffee shop but not exclusively a restaurant.
Staff are always friendly and the service is excellent.
However it was significant that talking to one or two young people in town that one is so disgusted with the decision that she may well emigrate to Spain “Because I want to feel part of Europe – I don’t now!”
This decision is profoundly wrong and was sold to the British people on the basis of a lie – several actually.
1) Jobs would not be at risk if we left Europe – in fact we’d be better off, they said
2) That getting out would make us great again.
3) That the campaign wasn’t about immigration just controlling our borders.
If whipping up anti-European sentiment wasn’t bad enough, then the posting of racist slogans on houses in areas where immigrants live is utterly shameful.
Instead of telling members of minority groups to ‘go home,’ we should seek to make them feel welcome and realise that they contribute a great deal to our society and economy.
I worked hard with my colleagues in the Better, Stronger Together campaign and feel even more strongly that we have missed a great chance to cement our relationship with Europe.