Source: Evening News, Norwich, UK

Date: 2 September 2003

Author: Alun Buffry, Legalise Cannabis Alliance

In reply to letter lower down the page




Denise Soffe seems to have confused illegal immigrants with those people who are here legally. (We dare to speak out on refugee issue, August 18).


The headline makes it all the more confusing.Ms Soffe clearly bears a grudge against her "foreign" factory work mates and more so against the Albanians who choose to go back to their country for a holiday.†† Surely these workers are here legally and earn their wages and should be entitled to use their money how they wish?


".... Shows how much trouble there is over there in their country now", she moans.†† But going somewhere - probably to visit loved one - is a lot different than living there.


I have met plenty of English people who come here for a visit but choose not to live here, and most would agree that the UK offers more opportunity than Albania.


Ms Soffee blames the Government for "making a hash" of this problem (illegal immigrants).Well they seem to have made a hash of many problems (including cannabis) but that is no reason to blame legitimate refugees or legal immigrants wherever they are from.


She wrote "has anyone asked us if we want to be a multi-cultural society?"


Well no, but if asked I would reply with aresounding YES.


Britain has been multi-cultural since before the times of the Romans, Vikings, Normans etc, and it is the diversity of cultures that adds to this country's wealth.Or would we rather evict those of "foreign" origin and see the return of UK emigrants?


How many of us can say we are "British" through and through?


If we had not wanted to be multi-cultural, why did we spend so much time and effort spreading an empire and bringing back such wealth from conquered lands?


Yes, Ms Soffe, "enough is enough" as you say.Enough of this weakly-disguised racism and bigotry.As for "these human rights people", whom Denise accuses of "upsetting" the Government, it was not these people who signed the UN Declaration in 1948 or brought human rights into UK law in 1999.


Human Rights - the right to a decent life, privacy, choice of religion, belief, lifestyle, fair trial etc - were created supposedly to save us from tyranny and prevent unjust laws, AND to permit people like Ms Soffe to express their opinion, whether the rest of us like it or not.Human Rights supercede national laws.When the Government pays full heed to our Rights and people learn to live together without blaming others for our problem, Britain will become truly great.

By all means fly your English flag, but please leave others in peace to get on with their own lives.

Alun Buffry, Legalise Cannabis Alliance, PO Box 198, Norwich

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Above letter was a reply to this


Pub Date:18 August 2003

I AM glad to read at last some people who dare write down their thoughts about illegal immigrants (John Wright, Aug 9 and Diane Smith, July 29)

I have been a Labour voter most of my life, but not any more.

This Government has made one big hash of this problem and now itís too frightened to do anything about it for fear of upsetting these human rights people.

What about our own people?All the poverty and deprivation in the north of this country.Our health service is being given away free to anyone showing up in our casualty department or any hospitals in the country.Our schools have to educate these children, although we can ill-afford to keep teachers for our own.

What will happen to our history, heritage and culture?When are we going to say enough is enough; has anyone asked us if we want to be a multi-cultural society?

Even the factory I work in, we are in a minority, 80 per cent are foreign, the Albanians even go home for holidays; shows how much trouble there is over in their country now, but they all seem to find their way back.

As for flying the flag, I have my English flag on the top of my bungalow; woe betide any council telling me to take it down.

Denise Soffe, Wood Green, Salhouse, Norwich