John Bean reports
In January 1947 I made my first trip to Trinidad on HMS Bulawayo as the ship’s Leading Radar Mechanic. The ship had originally sailed under the German naval flag as the Nordmark, a supply ship for U-boats and surface raiders. Taken over by Britain as a prize of war, the purpose of my three voyages to Trinidad (plus a flag-flying exercise in Jamaica) was to use the Bulawayo’s storage tanks to bring 13,000 tons of oil from the Trinidad oil field back to England, where oil was in short supply.
We docked near San Fernando which seemed to be dominated by slum huts of galvanized iron, packing cases and other discarded materials. These were almost exclusively inhabited by descendants of Trinidadian African slaves. One third of the population then were descendants of indentured labourers from India. Together with the Chinese, the Indians had a virtual monopoly of the general stores, shops, taxi business and cinemas. But it was always the African descendant who ended up in the shanty huts. They had nothing left but to labour in the sugar cane fields.
Many of Trinidad and Jamaica’s West Indians lived in the shanty towns out of choice. Many of them then – and even now – find it better to spend their hard-earned cash on a gaily coloured new shirt or a bottle of rum in such an equitable climate. As we noticed ourselves back in 1947 there seemed to be a a number who preferred to exist by theft and violence. I hope that Special Branch operatives appreciate that I have not dared to suggest that any West Indians with this choice of life style ever came to Britain when the Windrush started the immigration ‘program’ in 1948. Remember: we are only allowed to say that their descendants in Britain have added greatly to our music, to the realms of science, space travel – but not the ability to put a fine sharp edge on knives and swords, or to run faster than the police when these weapons have been used to maim or murder their co-racials.
I had left the Royal Navy two days after the Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks with 492 immigrants from Jamaica and Trinidad. Most of the many children had travelled with their names written on to their parents passports. Incidentally the Windrush was also a German troopship taken over as a prize of war. I can’t find out how many trips it made to the West Indies. Probably not more than four as the last mention of this ship was when it caught fire and sunk in the Mediterranean in March 1954.
In 1948 the key to non-British immigration was provided by the British Nationality Act. This made provision for British nationality and for citizenship of the UK and its Colonies
By the seventies Afro-Asian immigration, including from the West Indies, was now reaching a million. In 1971 the Immigration Act upgraded previous Acts, allegedly to restrict primary immigration into the UK. If this objective was adhered to then it would have been our last chance to ensure a predominantly White European stock for our children’s children. I find it depressing to see a photograph of me addressing a few thousand in Trafalgar Square in 1959 under the banner of Keep Britain White. The message was feasible then – but now we can hardly call to ‘Make Britain White!’
The flood will continue
Our readers know where Labour and the Lib Dems stand on immigration: let in whoever wants to. Theresa May follows the Tory line of wishful thinking (if not hypocrisy). ‘The Government’s goal of cutting net annual migration below 100,000 would remain in place after Brexit.’, she told the Danish Prime Minister. This follows the announcement that from next month (May) onwards one million people were granted European Union citizenship, giving them the right to live and work in the UK. Apart from the major fact that we are so overcrowded, I would not complain on more Danes, Germans, Italians or other genuine Europeans coming here. The latest statistics, published by Eurostat, showed that 90 per cent of the 995,000 people came from non-EU countries or were stateless.
It states that Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made up the three largest groups of people. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500 people from Albania and 41,700 people from India acquired EU citizenship. Almost 60 per cent of those Indian citizens acquired British citizenship. Citizens of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of British citizenship.
Before any of the above is considered further, let alone accepted, our Government should take immediate action to allow full British citizenship to the 113 elderly people who came here as children in or just after the Windrush era. They have been denied just treatment by our bureaucrats.