Why we are internationalists.
Coatesy, Bounds Green, with ‘Migrant Workers’ circa 1960.
There has been so much offensive stuff about ‘migrants’ and ‘foreigners’ in the media and public domain that we should be reminded of some obvious facts.
The above photo was taken by my mum of her best friend, Molly, with her son, my sister and myself.
She was a lovely woman and I imagine my sister was influenced by this in the choice of her elder daughter’s name.
Molly was a ‘migrant’ from the Irish republic.
In 1997, the Irish government in its White Paper on Foreign Policy claimed that there were around two million Irish citizens living in Britain, the majority of them British-born.
Strangely enough this does not get mentioned in the mean-spirited drivel from politicians and in the press.
The below is a picture of my sister and myself at a dinner at the House of Lords.
It was held by a North London Humanist association is was under the patronage of Fenner Brockway – a major figure in the 20th century left who was a pillar of the Movement for Colonial Freedom.
We supported his generous internationalism then and now.