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Immigrants in Peterborough


djf 18 | 166  
11 Mar 2008 /  #1
High wages have drawn scores of Eastern Europeans to at least one corner of England. But not everyone welcomes this new workforce even if unemployed locals themselves refuse to do the same jobs.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7288430.stm

Quite an interesting read. The only people who come out looking bad are the work shy 'British' chavs
aligator_s - | 77  
11 Mar 2008 /  #2
excellent article. thank you very much for posting

I particularly like the comment ....

Resident Hema Patel agrees. "They should put a stop to immigration totally," she says "...whether they be Europeans, from the Far East, whatever. And they should sort out the problems now."

It is ironic that Mrs Patel being a native of the Indian sub-continent should be against further immigration :-)

In fact the population of Peterborough was 150,000 until 25,000 Poles moved there
Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Mar 2008 /  #3
It is ironic that Mrs Patel being a native of the Indian sub-continent should be against further immigration :-)

I agree that it is ironic that they quoted Mrs Patel, who is probably 2nd or at the most 3rd generation British. However, the fact that they did gives a much stronger message than speaking to (yet another) white British person and asking for their views on immigration.

Someone like Mrs Patel speaking on such an issue is similar to her speaking into a microphone, while the rest of us yell at the top of our lungs into the middle of a hurricane......and at best get ignored, or at worst get dismissed as having a racial motive.

However the bloke who wouldn't "work with a load of foreigners" for £7 an hour needs his backside kicking from here to eternity. Lazy, ignorant bar steward !!!
truebrit 3 | 196  
23 Mar 2008 /  #4
It is ironic that Mrs Patel being a native of the Indian sub-continent should be against further immigration :-)

To be fair she was probably born in Britain.If someone born in Britain has Polish,Italian,German,French or Russian parents they are considered British.If someone born in Britain has Carribean/African/Indian parents,has a British accent,likes British sport,music etc and is culturally British they are often still not considered British.I wonder why?
Mister H 11 | 761  
23 Mar 2008 /  #5
I know this was in the Express and they may have their own agenda etc etc but why don't people such as those in this article admit defeat and go home ?

express.co.uk/posts/view/37869/Outrage-as-jobless-migrants-set-up-an-illegal-shanty-Town
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
14 Feb 2009 /  #6
The Poles are Coming Documentary gives a visual dimension to this information.

That Patel character is more Indian than British. Sorry, I see her as an immigrant.
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
14 Feb 2009 /  #7
For me Patel is just 5/8 of Patelnia. Sorry, couldn't help :)
osiol 55 | 3,922  
14 Feb 2009 /  #8
For me, Peterborough is almost St. Petersburg but without the saintly aspect.
The railway station is one of the bleakest, lonliest places I've ever spent three hours. It nearly crushed my soul.

It is ironic that Mrs Patel being a native of the Indian sub-continent should be against further immigration :-)

The words "ladder" and "kick" come to mind. This is all actually fairly typical.
cambs m - | 3  
8 Mar 2009 /  #9
God if you find Peterborough station bleak you should spend 59 minutes in Stamford.

The area around PB station is dull but the station itself feels alright as people are excited and off to nice places like London, York and Edinburgh.

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