I’m just so frustrated that I never, or hardly ever, hear perspectives like mine. I know part of this is due to — irony of ironies — how small a percent of the population immigrants are. But a lot of ground has been ceded to the tabloids and UKIP and stuff. There’s hardly anyone pro-immigration in public life.
These days we start from the pervasive and unacknowledged assumption that immigrants are a drain on society and trying to overrun the country because everybody wants to live in the UK, and carry on from there. Hardly anyone ever questions that. It seems almost like people assume that immigrants can’t see/read what’s being said about us. I remember thinking this once when I was half-listening to a Lib Dem (I think an MP? I can’t remember who) give a speech, and said something about “jobs for British workers” which just made me roll my eyes. A little part of me wanted to shout “I’m right fucking here, you know! I can hear you!” I read about immigration caps it sounds like I’m supposed to be happy about (same as, a couple of years ago, I was supposed to be sad about house prices falling, because the news was for homeowners and not for people like me who might like to buy a house one day before I’d saved up more than a year’s wages as a deposit), when actually my heart sinks to read stuff like the immigration minister saying “We are by improving the selectivity of our immigration system and increasing enforcement activity.