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I Am Truly Torn As To The ‘Proposal’ To Give 2.9 Million From Hong Kong U.K. Citizenship.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access my post from February 2020.


As a (full (with right-of-residency)) British citizen, of long standing, & one heck of a British Patriot, I feel quite strongly about who should & should not be getting British citizenship — as the above post will amply testify.

I strongly believe that, as it was in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s, those from the British Commonwealth — as I was — should be given priority & precedence when it comes to being granted British citizenship.

From that standpoint, I empathize with my (semi-)Brits in Hong Kong. I would like you to get citizenship & have the option of fleeing Hong Kong.

I like Hong Kong. I have visited twice. I like the Chinese — and of that there can never be any doubt or debate.

But, …..

I am TORN.

Why?

Hong Kong was NEVER a British Commonwealth nation. Yes, I know that that wasn’t their fault per se. So, technically, they don’t meet my #1 criteria. I can overlook that. Bit of a technicality. They were pseudo Commonwealth. I will acknowledge that.

But, here is my real concern & fear.

Hong Kong is NOT A TRUE cricket playing country!

There is more genuine cricket in Afghanistan than there is in Hong Kong!

I do NOT expect everyone applying for British citizenship to be a current — or former — cricket player. Heavens no. I am NOT that unreasonable.

But, I would like them to LIKE cricket!

I can even make an exception to that. I just expect them to come from a country where cricket is a major sport.

That is fair. Very fair.

Think about it.

As far as I am concerned cricket is what differentiates us (from the rest of the world) & also unites us.


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Britain’s Post-Brexit, ’70-Point’ Immigration Policy — NOT To My Liking.

by Anura Guruge


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Nope, nope — I am fine, thank you. I became a full citizen, with unrestricted right-of-residence in 1983. But, to be fair, that does have a bearing on why I am NOT happy with this, ‘you must score at least 70-points to qualify’, post-Brexit immigration policy.

I was all in favor of Brexit — as was well known. Part of my rationale was to stop any ‘riff-raff’ from Europe having automatic rights to live and work in my beloved Britain.

So, I, in general, aren’t totally opposed to a MERIT-BASED immigration policy. I got my Green Card on merit — possessing skills not (then) readily available in the U.S.

My GRIPE has to do with my British Commonwealth.

This immigration policy makes NO exceptions for those from the Commonwealth. That is BLOODY WRONG.

In the old days, and I am now talkings the 1950s, 60s & 70s, the British immigration policy was heavily weighed in favor of us from the Commonwealth. And that is how it should be. IF you love and play cricket you get preferential treatment. Period.

I have an easy fix. Keep the 70-point system, but automatically give anyone from the Commonwealth 20-points, right-up-front. I will be OK with that.

What do YOU think?


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by Anura Guruge