Archaeology and Brexit

Today, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, signed a letter officially notifying the European Council’s president of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the union as required under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This ‘historical moment’ is what the press love, but it is part of a long and complex, ugly and acrimonious process […]

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EU citizens’ myths that should die #Brexit

I have meant to write a list of this sort for a long time. Surely, it should be shared a lot online to actually make an impact, I hope my followers will give me a hand for this task. Many Leavers who are quite happy in continuing to be wilfully ignorant won’t even bother to read it. However, some of them who have been genuinely misinformed should take note that they have been conned. Because the Daily Mail, Express, May/Johnson/Gove/Davis/etc., have ALL an interest to make you believe otherwise. They don’t want British readers to know. They want you TO REMAIN IGNORANT.

Remember something about history, now and forever: the elites have always used ‘media’ available at their time to convince the ‘lower’ classes that what the elites were doing was something right. This lasting long enough to allow them to get richer/more powerful until the lower classes are under too much strain and tired to be fooled, then they rebel. Many revolutions and wars started this way, just for your information.

So here’s the list of myths about EU migration that should die, as quickly as possible:

“You’re married to a British citizen, you’ll be fine”

This has been a huge pile of nonsense paraded since the referendum. It makes me furious and unfortunately I haven’t seen many trying to dismiss it.
British citizenship is a ius soli type of citizenship. It can be acquired by being born on UK soil (with some conditions, as nationality of the parents) or by naturalisation (there’s also regulation for overseas territories but I won’t go there as it is off topic).
Here are the main points cause of major misinformation:

a) “British citizenship cannot be transmitted to spouses of any nationality” (EU citizens included).

b) “The marriage to a British citizen does not offer protection of any kind nor it can confer a right to reside”.
A EU citizen married to a British citizen need to obtain a Permanent Residence card as well as all the others in order to acquire British citizenship. Right to reside based on being the spouse of a British citizen DOES NOT EXIST (since 2012, courtesy of Theresa May’s rule at the Home Office)

c) “British citizens are NOT included as valid sponsors in PR cards forms (the infamous 85-page form EU citizens are required to fill in if they want to get the Permanent Residence card)”.
This point could likely change but there’s even disagreement between lawyers about it.

d) “Being married to a British citizen offers a reduction of time to acquire British citizenship”. This was the case until November 2015, when the immigration regulation for us changed. It’s not 3 years anymore, it’s 5 years; EU citizens also need to have Permanent Residence cards before applying for British Citizenship.

“You should get British citizenship, that should have been easy for you, you’re educated and speak English well”

Apart from the fact that many countries do not allow for dual citizenship and many would lose their birth citizenship if they were naturalising as British citizens, I’m a citizen of a country (Italy) that allows it. However, the process to acquire British citizenship in the recent years has been so terribly disorganised and very expensive, that unless you are a professional who worked for many years in UK you will likely be rejected. I passed the Life in the UK test in October 2014, because I had been a UK resident for more than 3 years (at that time it was still possible to have the reduction for spouses of Brits). My application never went ahead because I was missing the second referee, meaning a ‘reference from a person of social standing knowing me personally for more than 3 years’; the reference had also to be in English so lawyers or engineers I’ve known in Italy for more than 20 years didn’t fit the bill if they could only speak Italian. Here the only people I know of social standing are all my husband’s relatives and they are excluded from it (no relatives on each side can be used).
Since then, the Home Office moved so much the goalposts to obtain British citizenship that at present I’m even ineligible for it, as well as being ineligible for a permanent residence card.
This without even mentioning that you need about 1,500 pounds for PR card plus British citizenship papers.

“You’ve been here for more than 5 years, you will have acquired permanent residence already”

There’s no such a thing in UK. I wish they were stopping to spread this nonsense on TV too.
If you refer to the ‘big con’ appearing on the government website, that’s a ruse for EU citizens who just don’t bother to read the PDFs of the forms and the guides. I’ve even written to MEPs highlighting this. It’s there to fool people. EU citizens automatically acquire permanent residence in countries where they are registered from the start. In UK a register of that kind NEVER existed. Thus, the burden of proof of entrance and all that entails is on the EU citizen, not the Home Office as it is in other countries. If you haven’t kept all records/papers during your permanence in UK (that could even be 20-30 years), you are not eligible to acquire permanent residence because you cannot prove it……..

“You’re self-employed, you will be easily confirmed as a permanent resident”

Eh, the Home Office doesn’t give any guidelines for that in terms of income. Surely, if your income is about 100k a year, I’d say you won’t have any problems. Many lower incomes won’t be considered as providing  self-sufficiency. It is advisable that anyone who’s self-employed should consult a lawyer before even attempting to fill the forms in.

“You’re not a EU low skilled worker, you will be welcome to stay” or “we didn’t mean ‘you’ when we were speaking about ‘those’ EU citizens”

Ugh. ALL EU CITIZENS ARE EQUAL IN FRONT OF THE IMMIGRATION LAWS. From all the 27 countries in EU. We are all bargaining chips, no matter if you are a surgeon on a 200k yearly wage or a minimum wage worker. Anyone who think differently (whether a EU citizen, Leaver or Remainer) needs to come down from Cloud Cuckoo. There are no EU citizens with special powers and unicorns and others without them. We will be all entered in the negotiations on equal footing.

“Once you pay for CSI (Comprehensive Sickness Insurance) you’ll be fine, right?”

CSI, the requirement actually blocking a lot of EU students/self-sufficient/stay-at-home mums and carers, has two issues connected with it: 1) if you take it out now, it doesn’t cover you retroactively 2) the definition CSI is not very clear, meaning that unlike many other countries, Home Office doesn’t provide list of official health cover insurers or things that should be included in the cover. Therefore, I’m currently covered by a health insurance for inpatient/outpatient treatment and I will get health treatment if necessary, but it doesn’t allow me to apply for a permanent residence card because I was not covered in the past whilst I was studying.

“We don’t want open borders like you enjoyed in coming here” or “many only come for benefits or to scrounge”

There’s no such thing as open borders anywhere, those are just lies peddled to confuse uninformed people. Free movement has rules as well and if you don’t find a job in a country, you either have money to survive or you go home.
I’ve also not spoken to many EU citizens who had to claim benefits. Sorry but all the people on benefits I have known in 7 years and a half were British born and bred. It needs to be added (thanks to Craig on Twitter!) that not claiming benefits has also meant for many EU citizens a rejection after applying for a permanent card. Because one of the requirements for a PR card is to ‘genuinely seek employment‘ and that can only be demonstrated through registration at a job centre; but people who do not seek to claim benefits cannot register! Therefore, at the epitome of ridiculousness, anyone who has been on benefits has more chances to get a permanent residence card than someone who never claimed a penny from DWP.

“Many of the EU citizens in UK are a burden on schools/housing/NHS/etc.”

Another stupid lie, this one also conflating EU citizens with illegals. If you are a Brit working in Italy you get access to schools, housing and Italian NHS as well. So? Just say you’re xenophobic and hate forriners at that point, at least you’re being honest.

“If you already got Permanent Residence, you will be fine”

This is tricky and not necessarily true. There is no indication, at present, that the Permanent Residence card, based on EU law, will be actually passed into UK law. Please take note that this will be subject to negotiations as all the rest concerning EU citizens. The fact that many are rushing to do it is of value only if it leads to the path of British naturalisation. In any other case, there’s no guarantee of anything even if you have the card.

“If you don’t like it, you can always leave and go home”

When someone tells this to an immigrant, it says more about him/her than the immigrant. There’s no such a thing as upping sticks and going…. Anyone who prepares for a move or migration knows that it takes a long time to settle things and move, whether you are doing it from city to city within the same country or abroad. Things can also get quite complicated if you’ve a house, family, children, etc. etc.
It’s stupid to suggest that people can realistically only have clothes to put in a suitcase and fly away unless they have just arrived somewhere.

If anyone has suggestions or anything to add to this post, please let me know. I’d say this is a ‘work-in-progress’ post where I want to address all the misinformation and nonsense about EU migrants (not refugees, another issue altogether!).

Merlin

 

 

 

The defeatist attitude of an (ex) artist

This will be a melancholic post with a dressing of reminiscence of the past. Usually, I adhere to the philosophy that whatever lies in the past cannot have any effect on the future whatsoever and I generally refrain from indulging in ‘good ole days’thoughts. However, now more than ever the past is coming back on a worldwide scale. Reasons behind Trump’s election and Brexit referendum success are witness to this. Why is that?

Historically speaking, the past often offers a glimpse into a ‘golden age’. At any time in the last 3 millennia, lots of authors have looked back and thought “well it was awesome back then, wasn’t it”, with many scholars even re-elaborating whole periods of history to fit their contemporary thinking and their bias. In some cases, some golden ages have included mass genocides, famine, Black Death, never mind that a few centuries later we found a way to justify or gloss over these little, inconvenient details.

It’s the same with us, in our little inconsequential lives… we look back and romanticise some events. And here I’ve fallen victim to the same trend.
There is a part of me I never fully accepted and that is why the past often came back to haunt me or to be seen as ‘golden’ in some regards. First of all, I was born in a Tuscan village in 1972; local mentality only allowed us girls a couple of things: 1) getting married and breed (I use this verb fully knowing the connotations!); 2) until (or if) number 1 was available, it was necessary to find a job, no matter if it was something we liked, any will do if it provided ‘cash’ (nobody was ever bothered about pay slips and such bureaucracy in those days, we kept count of our worked hours on a paper sheet hung in the factory).

‘Little me’ started working in such capacity at 12. Perfect (right?), I was on schedule! Apart from being illegal, never mind again… But then, everybody knows that teenage years wreck havoc in our lives and that is what exactly happened to me too. Around the age of 16, I fancied to get a higher education, I wanted to learn languages because travelling for work was my dream. Heresy! ‘Girls don’t need an education!!!‘, my father yelled. He yelled so loudly I can still remember it. It was not just ‘heretic’ to get an education though; the worst part was that instead of using my savings to prepare for my wedding, *gasp* I was using them to put myself in the condition of finding a job that required me to stay out of the house! In the end, I did get married but I was 40 already, needless to say my savings would have not lasted that long!

At 17, a far worse event happened, total total heresy! I wanted to use more of my savings to attend a drama school. My mum was an ex opera singer, whose aspirations and ambition had been shattered by ‘real life’. Or so she recounts the whole thing nowadays. But not all lives need to end up the same way, right? Her father, still alive at the time, supported the idea. My father was yelling all the time as you can imagine, even threatening to kick me out of the house, which didn’t happen… although I wasn’t actually allowed to rent a piano until I was 18 (damn father!). I was enrolled in a proper music school, learnt to play piano/singing/read music; unfortunately, I did not attend any drama course but found a way to appear in a movie anyway (I hope it got burnt, it was a weird indie thing!).

As you can imagine, given that you have never heard of me, nothing came to fruition. Since I stopped studying in 1995, I did many jobs until I definitely left Italy 8 years ago. I also found a way to migrate nearly everywhere since I was 24 but… the artistic thing never took off. As I am reminiscing about it these days, I wonder if my chronic defeatist attitude played a part in it and to what degree. I have the same attitude to my studies, “oh no, I’m not going to make it, I will get a fail, etc etc.”. As of today, I’ve only had a C in my degree course and it was in Level 1, so it’s not going to count for my final mark.

So, would my artistic career have taken off if I wasn’t so down-beaten by my own attitude to it? Possibly. I even scored auditions I never went to, auditions I was ill-prepared to face but sabotaged them on purpose (God knows why!), and even offers for one of my scripts that I never bothered to pay attention to!!
At this point you would think I am an idiot…. Why would anyone be threatened by success to the point that once you get the chance you don’t go through with it? Well, here I am, call me idiot if you like, but I was overwhelmed by the idea. Every. Single. Time.

You would also think I regretted that. Actually, I do but surely my number 1 reason is not what you are thinking about. I never really cared about being famous, having fans or making a crapload of money. Many of these chances might have not led to any of the above anyway. However, it led to something I have regretted: I gave up on the opportunity of doing a job I would have liked. The mindset of my upbringing “do any job because you need money”, drilled into me since a young age, has kept ruining my life over and over again, even when I didn’t actually need any money. It still does because I’m getting a degree in archaeology and history but if you asked me which job I will likely do after I graduate, I wouldn’t probably answer “archaeologist or historian”. I would fall on the old mindset ‘I need a job, whatever that is’.

And this brings a lot of dissatisfaction, a sense of ‘impossible achievement’ as regards anything I ever endeavoured to study or pursue. And given that in two days I will be 45, these thoughts heavily weigh on me. The ‘artist-that-will-never-be’ sounds now ominous and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth any time my mind wanders there.

Merlin, The Big Loser

P.S.: Silver lining: Considering the entertainment field’s obsession with youth and artists who are required to botox themselves to death, at least I’m not paraded around in retarded selfies like the one below where I need to keep my mouth open all the time (“I’m too sexy for this selfie, too sexy for this selfie” ahahaha)

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Dear followers… alive and kicking here!

Dear all,

I haven’t forgotten about you. I haven’t stopped writing either. But this is my graduation year (only 5 months and it’ll be over) and all my energies and time have been spent in academic research, for one module or another and for my dissertation.

I have tried to keep up with the news though and I hope to write a new post as soon as I have submitted my mid-term work this Wednesday. So I’m asking you to be patient and please remember, I’m still here alive and kicking, not gone or deported from the UK (yet) and still fighting.

Merlin xx

Brexit per italiani… e ora?

Ciao a tutti,

Un brevissimo articolo giusto per riassumere gli ultimi eventi anche se… a sto punto io direi che possiamo archiviare la non-Brexit (perche’ Brexit sia femminile in italiano non si sa…). Il governo britannico, da fine 2015, aveva cominciato a ‘bollire’ in materia di immigrazione. Leggi su leggi, paletti su paletti per fare diventare la regolarizzazione dei cittadini europei un inferno, anche se mentre in Europa tale regolarizzazione non era obbligatoria. Strano che lo sia diventata con la Brexit. Questo secondo me è il dettaglio piu’ importante… è da mò che non siamo i benvenuti.

Allora, riassuntino per chi si e’ distratto negli ultimi mesi:

  1. Smettetela di pensare che la Brexit non ci sarà. La May sta cercando di andare alla velocità di un TGV per attivare l’art. 50. Se siete tra quelli che pensano che tornerà indietro, o avete vissuto in una grotta preistorica per gli ultimi 8 mesi, o vi siete fatti come pochi (per lo stesso lasso di tempo!), o siete così illusi che credere agli unicorni è normale per voi.
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  2. Al 52% dei residenti britannici gli stiamo sul CULO. Inutile che ci giriate intorno. Inutile che troviate scuse che il vostro amico di banco o collega di scrivania vi adora e quindi quello che dicono i giornali non è vero, è Fake News o scaremongering. Macché scaremongering della beata m**chia, gli stiamo sul culo come se avessimo la peste, punto.  E se poi cambiate scuola, cambiate lavoro, trovate uno di quel 52% che vi odierà per l’eternità e siete fottuti. Smettetela di mettere la testa sotto la sabbia come gli struzzi adducendo che noi italiani siamo benvoluti perché il vostro vicino di casa britannico compra la pizza una volta la settimana al locale pizza kebab turco.
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  3. Smettetela di pensare che italiano non significhi europeo. Ho sentito lo stesso discorso da olandesi, tedeschi, francesi “odiamo gli immigrati e i cittadini europei ma non tu”, se credete alla suddetta frase fate solo la figura dei creduloni imbecilli. Al momento siete nella massa dei cittadini europei, sia che abbiate inventato una navicella spaziale, sia che stiate facendo il cameriere a Londra.
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  4. Londra è ‘ancora’ in Inghilterra e nel Regno Unito. Al di là del fatto che il Regno potrebbe essere o non ancora Unito al momento della Brexit (Scozia, work under construction LOL), Londra è e rimarrà sempre in Inghilterra. Non la spostano e non fa caso a sé per Brexit. Se l’Inghilterra fa la Brexit, Londra gli va dietro. Quindi togliete la vostra testaccia dal di dietro e ogni tanto guardatevi le news che valgono per tutto il Regno Unito. Dopo Brexit, seguirete il fato di tutto il resto. Il fatto che viviate con britannici o pakistani o altri italiani non fa differenza, la xenofobia del governo ve la ciucciate come tutti gli altri europei.
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  5. FATEVI l’assicurazione sanitaria. Perchè ricordatevi che l’accesso al NHS sarà la prima cosa che perdete. Io l’ho fatta già. Se non ve la potete permettere 1) state alla sorte, cazzi vostri ma poi non vi lamentate 2) ritornate in Italia o emigrate altrove 3) riportate la residenza in Italia (anche da mammà e papà) e ri-usufruite della Asl.
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  6. Se siete interessati a rimanere nel paese, potete farvi la permanent card se lavorate da 5 anni. La EEA QP è praticamente inutile e poi non è comunque indicazione di residenza permanente perché è un documento per professionisti qualificati che non hanno intenzione di restare nel Regno Unito. Anche se al momento non si sa se la Permanent Card verrà accettata come Indefinite Leave to Remain, è meglio averla. Pensateci appena possibile, specie se avete pure i requisiti per la cittadinanza britannica.
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  7. Se non siete interessati a rimanere in  UK, non aspettate fino all’ultimo minuto per guardarvi intorno e cercare lavoro all’estero (questo sempre se non siete in un’azienda che sta pensando di trasferirsi altrove). Perché ci sarà panico totale di europei che se ne vogliono andare se alcuni paesi non soddisfano ciò che la May vuole da loro. Stiamo parlando di 3.2 milioni di persone, se anche il 30% leva le tende, è un milione di gente che si muove, non proprio un numero piccolino!
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  8. Ricordatevi che una volta che l’inflazione sarà alle stelle, chi guadagna tra le 14mila sterline e le 20mila sterline annue sarà come stare in Italia con stipendio da fame. Con l’addizionale che qui magari non avete i genitori che vi riprendono in casa o vi aiutano…. Chi sta a Londra con stipendio che ora gli basta appena, potete guardarvi attorno subito… Tra tagli e aumenti, è previsto un incremento annuo di spesa di 4,300 sterline all’anno (questo detto da Arron Banks, che è un fascistone dell’ukip ma è anche miliardario, quindi i conti gli sa fare!). Fate voi…
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  9. Il governo britannico dal 1 Aprile va ai negoziati. Gli italiani in UK che non hanno doppia cittadinanza, come tutti gli altri cittadini europei saranno inseriti nei negoziati. In poche parole, siamo ostaggi, sia che abbiamo tanto, poco, o nulla. Nessuno è esente, incluso cittadini europei sposati con britannici o con figli britannici. L’eccezionalità in questo caso non esiste, nemmeno avere il cugino del cugino, amico dell’amico. Se lo prendiamo in culo, lo prendiamo collettivamente. Meritocrazia britannica 😀
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  10. Se avete avuto pazienza di arrivare a sto punto, vi dò un consiglio spassionato… pensate al domani senza curarvi del Brexit, fate il vostro, dando giusto un’occhiata agli updates ogni tanto tramite stampa o tv. Il Regno Unito, per almeno dieci anni, andrà  in recessione. Se siete giovani… mandate a fanculo tutti, UK e inglesi, non perdete tempo a star qui. Se siete vicini alla pensione, fatevi due conti, magari vi conviene prendere la pensione qui e andare poi a San Paolo in Brasile per il resto che vi rimane da vivere. Se avete una famiglia con figli piccoli, pensate al loro futuro che qui saranno sempre trattati da cittadini di seconda classe e che la situazione migliorerà tra vent’anni… Sempre se Trump e Putin non trasformano l’Europa in un deserto nel frattempo.

 

In quanto a me… me son rotta di pensare al Brexit e farò il mio. Se non mi vogliono, grande pernacchia. Dove la trovano un’altra Merlin? Da nessuna parte. Fanculo Inghilterra, Regno Unito e Brexit 😀 😀

P.S. dimenticavo, buon San Valentino!! 😊❤

Brexit religion: what’s wrong with it in 15 points

Disclaimer: Obviously, this is not a religious post. But the Brexit affair is becoming more and more like a faith with a series of dogmas and things to believe in. It might be wrong to define it as ‘religion’ as it’s not about believing in a God; however, that was the better term I could come up with. Sorry for any offence caused.

This article is not intended to be critical of any camp or political belief. Instead, I only wanted to highlight the attitudes, assumptions and expectations of several British voters/commenters and UK residents. I’ve tried to be as objective as possible, although from my position (I’m a EU citizen) it has been quite difficult. I ask for forgiveness beforehand.

1) Many Britons have the expectation that regardless of what everyone has voted, the country needs to pull up together and follow any belief in Brexit or law subsequent to the referendum as legitimate. If you don’t follow the flock, you’re branded as a traitor and possibly shouted down (fortunately, hanging is out of fashion at the moment and also a tad illegal). I’m afraid that all divisions that have been created by the referendum will stay here until all the voters dies out. Sorry for bursting your bubble, but getting over Brexit is not possible for many.

2) EU citizens are expected to shut up, collect their documents and prove they have the right to stay here. Any EU citizen showing they are offended or offering critical judgement of Brexit they get told to ‘bugger off to where they came from’ or to prove their loyalty to the British state through permanent card or citizenship, even if they are not eligible or cannot afford it.

3) Supposedly, university students and their tutors have become the ‘elite’ and whatever advice they can offer is now judged as ‘elitist’, ‘out of touch’, ‘non-sensical’; it is not worth to remind them that you might have come from a family with a poor background (as I did), because what you get in return is that you took advantage of the system whilst many poor sods (who likely didn’t give a damn about studying anyway!) had not access to higher education whilst you, nasty EU citizen, had. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

4) Any reminder of how xenophobic, nasty and racist the UK has become in only 4 months is bound to send them in a rant-frenzy of epic proportions. In particular, EU citizens are expected to bear the whole thing without speaking out or they are expected to get the heck out of the country. Dissent not accepted in many instances.

5) Assumptions about the easiness of the immigration and citizenship processes are wide-spread, even in the press. There were many cases of journalists who assumed, in their articles, that all EU citizens who have been resident for 5 years or longer automatically get an indefinite leave to remain. This is and never was the case. EU spouses married with British citizens do NOT get automatically citizenship either. They have to go through the permanent residence process as all the others (only non-EU spouses have a different process and shorter, because they pay for spouse visas).

6) Assumptions about the false equivalence ‘a foreigner goes, a local takes his/her place’. There are plenty of posters everywhere who assume that once you get rid of an immigrant a job position or a university place is now vacant for a British citizen to take. This is a failed approach for three reasons: a) the employer might not have wanted/found a local for that job position previously and they do decide not to replace him/her; b) the employer is a foreigner or works for a foreign company; after many foreign people leave, the company itself just moves away too, taking all the job opportunities with them; c) the university place was awarded by merit and no locals had or have the requirements to be chosen (this might not include medicine and any subject with place restrictions though).

7) Many Britons expect that many businesses, British or foreign, should stay after Brexit out of loyalty and commitment to the country. Useful to remind them that ‘there are no friends in business’ and if a company sees the collapse of their profits, they have two choices: 1) to declare bankrupt and close down; 2) to move away and save profits and jobs. Their loyalty lies with their customers and employees, they only pay tax contributions to the country, that is the only arrangement in place for them.

8) The general expectation that being patriotic means following the Brexit train with adoration and no critical approaches to make or say. Useful to remind them that patriotism and nationalism never fed people. They feed the ones at the top of the pyramid who exploit the patriotic bimbos who believe in such a utopia.

9) There’s the general idea that the referendum has served a double purpose, not only to leave the European Union, but it has made the big wigs in Westminster acknowledge it was a protest vote of the working classes. I will not try to define the term ‘working class’ here; however, it’s totally condescending to assume that anyone who’s working class shot themselves in the foot or voted against their interests. Many voted reasonably for what they believed in (whatever that was) and many will also be quite discontent once that their expectations will not be fulfilled. This is not due to Brexit itself, but it’s not mathematically possible that a certain situation/outcome can satisfy 100% of the ones who voted for it. It doesn’t exist and never did. If anyone believes it, they must believe in unicorns and fairy tales too (let me catch my broom before they arrive here though).

10) Expectactions about the government paying for EU subsidies lost. Afraid that is a dream from another planet. Taxpayers will replace those subsidies, with higher taxes. I expect Hammond to announce that at some point (as Hunt and Green clearly announced yesterday; they will kick sick/disabled people in the curb and send them to work. No more hand-outs).

11) The widespread belief that British citizens married with EU citizens should stay here in UK out of patriotic loyalty to their country, instead of following their spouses elsewhere once the EU spouses had enough of getting berated by the populace and the press (the latter is believed to be unacceptable behaviour, because ‘us’ the scroungers took advantage of the British system and we can’t go away without, at least, leaving our British husbands or wives here).

12) The belief of a trickle-down benefit system due to leaving the EU. This is a pet peeve of mine because the logic of it escapes me. If you leave a country/union/etc., there’s always something to pay (that would be the same for Scotland leaving the UK). Expectations of no change in negative terms are unrealistic. The ‘earthquake’ generated by such huge decisions will have many aftershocks. As many could see in the recent, real earthquakes in Italy, many valuable historical and archaeological assets simply crumbled down after 3-4 earthquakes. Economy will suffer the same after Brexit. The further expectation that ‘I eat something less today to get something more tomorrow’ is also silly because very often you won’t get anything tomorrow. Future is never certain, it’s why it’s future and not present. You could acknowledge the uncertainty and hope due to a choice, but it’s totally unrealistic to believe something positive will unequivocally come out of Brexit. Nobody knows and if history is anything to go by, the negative will bite first and for a lot longer than imagined (I’ve visited East Germany recently and in some parts it’s as awful as it was in 1989 when the Berlin Wall crumbled down).

13) Expectations of a better future for lower classes and the poor whilst a right-wing government is in power. This escapes my logical skills too. I NEVER heard such a thing; there’s not a right-wing government acting for the interests of the poor classes on all the planet. The concept itself is dumb. This point is the one who baffles me the most and it nearly pushed me to choose ‘Brexit cult’ instead of religion in the title. Poor classes are slaves from the point of view of the well-off classes. They don’t give a damn about who dies, who’s disabled, who has a problem, etc. Poor classes are expendable (as slaves were expendable in ancient Athens or Rome). Brexit or anything else is not going to change that, no matter how much people believe it. If financially speaking something positive comes out of Brexit, the benefits will be assimilated at the level they arrive first (= the top tier of the population). Anyone under that level, not only they won’t get any substantial benefits but they will have to pay for all the negatives too.

14) Expectations that granting the privilege to stay (or come, through a visa system) to some high-skilled immigrants will automatically mean they will stay (out of gratitude?) or that they will queue up at the British border in droves. This line of thought can be associated with attitudes towards skilled British citizens too, who are expected to stay and contribute to the system they took advantage of. It’s utter delusion to think that you can force upon migrants or citizens a reasoning of gratitude or patriotic loyalty. Many migrants who are highly skilled migrate for better opportunities; if they have family, they also gather information about the whole school system or healthcare system, how accessible or expensive they are, what the country has to offer for the future. As a migrant, I know that the United Kingdom enjoyed a high migration for Europe because of the free movement rule. But how will it fare a post-Brexit Britain in that regard? I suspect that there won’t be any need of controlling immigration after 2019, because only the uncertainty caused by Brexit will last two decades and many immigrants will bet their and their own families’ lives/future in more appealing countries (this without even counting the bad reputation UK has recently earned after the xenophobic accidents and murders).

15) Attitude to extensive generalisations, on everyone’s part:

  • Many middle class people voted Leave, as well as people from the upper classes;
  • Many Remainers are also xenophobic and would shoot an immigrant in the face if they had a gun;
  • Anyone who didn’t vote is NOT actually a Remainer, they just chose not to vote and never took a side;
  • University students voted Leave; some of them were so ignorant to believe UK was financing the NHS of other countries (I personally heard this one; what a waste of education!);
  • A large percentage of EU citizens who voted as dual citizens also voted to Leave and not to Remain.

N.B. : Rude, impolite, xenophobic, racist comments won’t be published. I have zero tolerance for that crap.

Merlin

Brexit all’italiana? Un bel pasticcio che ha cambiato tutto invece che niente

Ciao a tutti,

Un post ‘serio’ sul Brexit era dovuto da svariato tempo. Purtroppo (o per fortuna!), tra studio e la visita di mia mamma quassù in Inghilterra sono stata impegnatissima nelle ultime due settimane; il tempo per scrivere sul blog mi è proprio mancato e sono stata pure poco online. Chiedo venia, anche se sono sicura che avevate di meglio da fare che leggere uno dei miei articoli 😀 Dove cominciare? Prima di tutto, vorrete sapere se ci sono stati sviluppi sul Brexit….
Facciamo un passo indietro…..

La posizione ufficiale del governo britannico è che nulla è cambiato dal 23 Giugno. Lo hanno scritto ovunque, dai siti governativi a quelli universitari. Considerato il rincorrersi di news da una parte e da un’altra, molti italiani hanno bevuto la storia del ‘nulla è cambiato’ e tutti dormono sonni tranquilli. E’ davvero cosi pero’, o ci sono invece stati diversi cambiamenti nel silenzio totale? Mi spiace comunicarvi che, senza che nessuno se ne stia accorgendo, i tappeti che hanno tolto o toglieranno di sotto ai piedi di tanti cittadini europei e britannici saranno parecchi. Consolati in UK e ambasciata a Londra, finora, hanno fatto orecchi da mercante e annegato il tutto nel classico motto alla Ponzio Pelato…. e se ne sono lavati le mani (chiaramente!). Come al solito, sta a noi leggere tra le righe, quindi partiamo dagli eventi recenti.

Immigrazione UE

Il 19 Ottobre, la MP scozzese Joanna Cherry ha messo una mozione al voto del Parlamento britannico per garantire a tutti i cittadini Europei su territorio UK il diritto a rimanere indefinitivamente nella nazione. La mozione è stata respinta da 293 no e 250 si. Il Parlamento britannico, quindi, si ritiene il diritto di mandare via le persone a cui non sono interessati (leggete la discussione qui https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-10-19/debates/F1337420-EBD9-413C-949B-A4AEA0832B2C/RightsOfEUNationals ) Se guardate bene, i Tories che sono contrari alla mozione indicano non solo che un effetto di reciprocita’ con i Brits in UE deve essere garantito, ma anche parlano di ‘EU workers’, quindi esplicitamente fanno riferimento a chi lavora. Il resto dei cittadini UE puo’ anche morire ammazzato o levare le tende! La mozione chiaramente indica che non c’e’ volonta’ generale di trattenere i cittadini Europei su territorio britannico in base alla residenza pre-referendum, ma sul fatto che le persone siano di ‘uso’ monetario rilevante. In poche parole, se lavori come ingegnere, paghi una mazzata di tasse, il fatto che tu sia qui da 3 anni o meno non importa. Se fai il lavapiatti da 12 anni, non gliene puo’ fregare di meno di averti qui con le misere tasse che versi e possono rimpiazzarti con una qualsiasi babbeo britannico. Comincia a far le valigie, vai…..

Studio / Universita’

Anche qui la posizione ufficiale sembrava non cambiata. Senonche’, per uno sbaglio della mia universita’ ho ricevuto una lettera che era destinata a qualcuno che comincia a studiare ora…. eh eh
Dal 2016/2017, chi comincia un corso universitario in Inghilterra e vuole un prestito per le tuition fees (i maintenance loans non ci hanno mai riguardato!) dovra’ dimostrare 5 anni di residenza tramite council tax bills, buste di lavoro o se non lavorano estratti conto bancari che dimostrano come lo studente ha potuto mantenersi per i suddetti 5 anni. Se non dimostrate cio’, non vi danno una sterlina. Era cosi anche prima? NO!! Prima di giugno 2016, gli studenti EU che cominciavano a studiare in Inghilterra e Galles dovevano soltanto dimostrare di aver risieduto 3 anni nell’Unione Europea, niente altro. Un altro cavillo: dal 2015, gli studenti universitari che iniziano un corso di laurea in un’universita’ inglese devono avere l’assicurazione sanitaria PRIVATA, definita CSI (Comprehensive Sickness Insurance). Un’ultima cosa: se non avete l’assicurazione sanitaria e volete rimanere in UK a lavorare, non vi verra’ data la Permanent Residence card perche’ non dimostrabile che eravate auto-sufficienti (irrilevante se lavoravate part-time; varrebbe solo se lavoravate full-time e studiavate… bravi se ce l’avete fatta, in quel caso!).

Cittadinanza per mariti e mogli europei di cittadini britannici

Fino a Novembre 2015 era possibile avere la cittadinanza britannica dopo tre anni e tramite matrimonio. Dopo tale data, cio’ non e’ piu’ possibile. I cittadini UE sposati a cittadini britannici sono obbligati ad avere una permanent card e dimostrare di aver lavorato 5 anni prima di richiedere la cittadinanza britannica. Se non si e’ in possesso di tale documenti e continuita’ di lavoro, NON è piu’ possibile ottenere la cittadinanza Britannica ANCHE SE SPOSATI A CITTADINO BRITANNICO. In questo caso, i cittadini UE sposati a cittadini britannici hanno un peggior trattamento dei cittadini non-UE, che hanno invece mantenuto i tre anni di residenza e la possibilita’ di cittadinanza per matrimonio se in possesso di spouse visa per i precedenti 36 mesi.

Lavoro

Anche se non ci sono state fino ad adesso news riguardo a un’eventuale aumento delle tasse (quello verra’ deciso in sede di budget autunnale in Novembre), la lista dei datori di lavoro che devono provvedere l’elenco dei lacvoratori stranieri all’Home Office è andata avanti comunque. E’ stato deciso di non procedere alla pubblicazione dei nomi delle aziende, ma il processo non è stato fermato. Metto anche il link di questo ottimo articolo riguardo alla scrematura dei CV. E’ una lettura molto interessante e una “eye-opening experience”: http://www.saratrula.com/2016/10/whats-in-a-name/

Scuola/bambini

Che dire? Ne ho lette di tutti i colori. Comunque l’usanza di chiedere country of birth e nationality per i bambini (che molti hanno definito ‘usuale’ e comune), nonostante il recente scandalo… pare fosse iniziata molto tempo fa. Non solo, i dati di suddetti bambini erano gia’ stati passati all’Home Office in altre occasioni dal 2015 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/29/national-pupil-database-home-office-immigration-children-lords
Quindi ‘Brexit my arse’, i Tory era da mo’ che si comportavano da fascisti e Brexit ci e’ cascato a fagiolo, come si dice in Toscana!

Peggioramento condizioni di vita a livello nazionale – Inflazione

Questo è un argomento che viene decisamente evitato da molti miei connazionali. Vedo a giro una grandissima preoccupazione per ‘vediamo se ci lasciano vivere qui’, ma anche se il governo britannico desse l’OK per far rimanere tutti… la domanda principale che sorge è “Ma questo è davvero il paese in cui siamo emigrati 5/10/20 anni fa?”. Perchè da come si stanno sviluppando le cose, la nazione è chiaramente su un percorso di estrema destra. Siamo scappati dall’Italia per avere un futuro o dare un futuro ai figli. Ma se cosi non fosse piu’? Se le condizioni che sussistevano per fare di questo paese un’invitante soluzione ai nostri problemi ‘italiani’ non ci fossero piu’? L’inflazione sta gia’ schizzando su. Il costo della spesa e’ gia’ aumentato abbastanza in soli 4 mesi e il Brexit neppure l’abbiamo fatto. La benzina e il diesel sono gia’ a +10-15 pence al litro e noi siamo al Nord Inghilterra, quindi paghiamo pure meno e ci sono meno aumenti. I valori delle case sono destinati ad abbassarsi, ma se il costo della vita generale e dell’energia aumenta a dismisura, pagare un mutuo anche piu’ piccolo sara’ impossibile. Accedere al mercato del lavoro diventera’ una prerogativa dei britannici che sono nati qui, e poi gli altri se trovano lavoro bene… senno’ aria e via!
Il governo britannico sta gia’ pensando a rivoltare il sistema del welfare e di rimandare al lavoro chi e’ malato o disabile (leggetevi i link sotto). Le pensioni saranno le prossime a cadere sotto l’ascia del governo (perlomeno il triple lock manteneva le pensioni a livello equo con l’inflazione!). Noi tax-payers dovremmo pagare un sacco di tasse per Nissan, la City, e tutte le cazzo di compagnie rovinate dal Brexit piu’ incentivi per attrarne altre su territorio britannico, come dimostra tutto l’affare che ha girato intorno a Hinkley Point.

Da leggere (leggete bene tra le righe!):

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/31/sitting-at-home-on-sickness-benefits-is-bad-for-health-damian-green

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/sick-pay-and-work-assessments-to-be-reviewed-jeremy-hunt-reveals

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/30/hinkley-point-nuclear-waste-storage-costs?CMP=share_btn_tw#comments

La situazione in Italia era, ed è, tragica, ma non sentivamo il bisogno di avere imitazioni!

Ma ne vale la pena di stare in un paese dove e’ cambiato tutto anche se ufficialmente fanno finta che non sia cambiato nulla? Non sentite il bisogno di strisciare attaccati ai muri perche’ qualcuno potrebbe metterlo nel vs. didietro da un momento all’altro?

Ai vostri posteri l’ardua sentenza…… In quanto ai miei, preferisco non saperlo e organizzarmi per levare le tende da qui!!

A presto… forse!

Merlin