Monday, November 25, 2013

The same thousand-generation claim that Neil Kinnock made

"Scratch the surface of any Briton and you will find a migrant" says Sarah Wollaston MP (a Tory MP) writing in the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/25/cameron-hysteria-grasp-nettle-immigration

This is an offensive thing to say. 

There are no migrants in my family Ms Wollaston.

Just as Neil Kinnock can refer to a thousand generations of his family, so I can refer to a thousand generations of my family, settled in England, probably not moving more than fifty miles every five hundred years.

Indeed, scratch the surface of any Briton and most of them can make the same thousand-generation claim that Neil Kinnock made.

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