“Citizenship Is ‘Being Given Too Easily’ and Migrants Don’t Really Care About the UK’, Says Councillor

Rob Parsons and Simon Freeman, London Evening Standard, July 6, 2012

A London councillor today reignited the debate about the way that British citizenship is awarded by claiming that too many applicants who cannot speak English properly are qualifying.

Peter Golds, who sits on Tower Hamlets council and has handed out hundreds of citizenship certificates in east London in the past six years, said he feared that the achievements of thousands of deserving migrants were being “cheapened” by the lax standards applied in some cases.

He said that some people that he had witnessed receiving citizenship spoke very poor English or were “not really interested” in the ceremonies.

Mr Golds’s claims, which follow an announcement by ministers that tighter language test will be introduced next year for non-European migrants wanting to come to the UK, will prompt renewed discussion of the rules governing migration and citizenship.

Applicants for British citizenship are expected to have reached an “adequate” level of English and pass a test about life in the UK.

Under the previous government, hundreds of thousands of migrants were granted citizenship in a bid by ministers to encourage integration and the commitment of overseas arrivals to this country.

Coalition ministers have pledged to tighten the rules to ensure that only those with a genuinely high standard of English and understanding of the British way of life are able to qualify.

But Mr Golds, the leader of Tower Hamlets’ Conservatives, warned today that recent cases in his borough had shown that citizenship was still being awarded too easily. In one case, he said, he presented a certificate to a woman from Afghanistan who could not understand the instruction to raise her hand and repeat the pledge of allegiance.

He said: “It cheapened the whole ceremony. You have to ask why these people are taking out British citizenship. I am concerned that there are some people coming here who are not really interested in doing it compared with others, who are amazingly enthusiastic.

“There are people who are fleeing persecution, when you come up to them they leap up and shake your hand and you realise how important it is to them.”

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  • JackKrak

    It’s not entirely true that “migrants don’t care about the UK”.

    I’m quite confident that they care deeply about the UK’s apparent obsession with making sure that no one from the more sand and camel-intensive parts of the world goes without a nice, free place to live and plenty of pocket money.

  • Like Jared Taylor and Enoch Powell before him, this councilor is like John the Baptist, a cry in the wilderness and no one is listening because the inmates have taken over the asylum.

  • Peter Golds, who sits on Tower Hamlets council and has handed out
    hundreds of citizenship certificates in east London in the past six
    years, said he feared that the achievements of thousands of deserving
    migrants were being “cheapened” by the lax standards applied in some
    cases.

    That’s just the price of diversity.  You can have real standards, or you can have diversity.  But you can’t have both.

    Your choice, Britain.

    • loyalwhitebriton

      “Your choice, Britain”

      Believe me, my ‘choice’ could only be conveyed privately.

  • ”Under the previous government, hundreds of thousands of migrants were granted citizenship in a bid by ministers to encourage integration and the commitment of overseas arrivals to this country.”

    Garbage, Tony Blair and the labour party brought in 3 or 4 million African and muslim immigrants in to subvert the country.

  • loyalwhitebriton

    You only need to meet one of three qualifications to gain British Citizenship:
    1. Be an EU national.
    2. Be non-White.
    3. Be non-Christian.
    That covers (and I’m guesstimating here) about 90% of the worlds population!
    And of course many of the new additions don’t really care about Britain; our history (considerable), our culture (global influence), our language (international), our legal system (revolutionary and liberty affirming), our literature (unsurpassed), or anything else about the achievements of this Island off the northwest coast of Europe.
    The only thing that the invaders care about is our insanely generous welfare system; which includes free multi-million pound accomodation for Somali “asylum seekers”, 42 inch HD TVs, decorating vouchers, unemployment ‘benefit’, child ‘benefit’, and myriad other handouts given to people who have contributed absolutely zero to our society! 

  • splitsing

    Too little, too late.  The Brits are damned.  Someone play taps for that lot.

  • John_H_Holliday

     Stop immigration.  Confine the darkies to London and build a wall.

    • The darkies are all over the UK, the virus has spread to Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

    • The__Bobster

      Why would you want a ticking time bomb? Ship them out!

  • 3rworlders can not support a 1stworld enviroment. If they could they would do so in their homelands. Some of these people leave mud huts only to complain that 6 bedroom taxpayer paid council houses are not good enough for them. 1stworld nations are getting flooded with 3rdworlders who have no capacity to do anything in the 1stworld other than collect benefits and eventually vote for more benefits.

    •   When they outnumber the taxpayers they will always vote for more goodies. The taxpayer eventually will have no say in who gets elected. That’s why I don’t think people getting assistance should vote. They have to much of a vested interest.

  • It’s not the blacks and muslims who are the problem, it’s the enemy within who have let down the drawbridge and allowed the Trojan Horse in.

    The British white race who built the Empire 200 years ago has gone, that people doesn’t exist anymore, just like the Ancient Romans or Greeks.

    Now we’re left with liberal self hating whites, oikophobia  as Bill Whittle explains

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqNVpACRLaI

  • 35 % of London is now black , 94 % of primary schools in London are now majority black.

    A picture paints a thousand words

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2155938/The-primary-school-pupils-speak-31-different-languages–class-just-single-British-pupil.html

    • The comments on that article are hilarious.

      Highest Rated:

      “If they’re in England, surely they should be learning English? Crazy”

      “HELP—–Get me out of here!!!”

      “Very Sad”

      Lowest Rated:

      “Reading the comments on this article has made me realise how much many DM readers hate children of other races and cultures, and wish they weren’t here”

      “Wow, a lot of racists here”

      “Have you confirmed that none of these children were born here? Because if they were, they are as British as any of the “indigenous” population”

      The tide is turning…

  •   All this has to do with the media bullying the little people. The media wants these people in their country so politicians oblige. Most natives don’t want these people  but it seems they have no say in anything. Something is wrong in the world when the media is more powerful than the masses. Can we throw out these media types? Can there be a media revolution?

  • ”Whatever happened to the “Great” in Britain.”

    The term ” Great ” Britain is not a boast but refers to the land mass, Greater Britain to distinguish itself from Brittany or ” little ” Brittany now part of France.

    The nation has been subverted by Cultural Marxism as ex KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov explains

  • blindsticks

    Why do they keep coming?  The majority of  Brits have continuously  stressed that they dont want  any more foreigners or migrants. We  dont need them, we dont desire them. But the people that do are the  factory and business owners, the  land developers and  of course the corrupt politicians who can no longer rely on the white voting base.   

  • MartelC

    Why would they care about the UK? The left certainly doesn’t. The globalists don’t…. but it’s just common sense, if somehow any Englishman wound in Afganistan as a permanent resident, would they adapt child marrage and taking boy lovers? No. So why do we expect other people to value our past, our values, our culture?

    It’s common sense… something the our elite utterly lack – or more likely, they just don’t care. 

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