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Textproduktion: Comment/Creative Writing "Prime minister's address to conservative party members on the government's immigration policy"


Choose one of the following tasks:

The slogan “good immigration, not mass-immigration” (l.14f) caused a controversy. Discuss this slogan using your knowledge of immigration and ethnic communities in the UK.
You are a doctor from India who has been living and working in the UK for several years as pointed out in David Cameron’s speech in lines 17 – 22. Write a letter to the Prime Minister in which you comment on the speech in the light of your experiences as an immigrant.



In his address to Tory party members, Prime Minister David Cameron rightly points out numerous problems that large-scale immigration has caused in many British communities. His call for “good immigration, not mass immigration” therefore may be sensible and only natural, given that in certain communities keeping the social balance equals walking along a tight rope. Without a clear definition of what “good immigration” is, however, this slogan remains yet another meaningless and empty phrase with more propagandistic than constructive value.

Modern British society has been shaped by people from all over the world, many of them members of former British colonies especially India, Pakistan or the Caribbean. Over the past two decades more and more people from Eastern Europe have come to the UK in search of work and better pay. As David Cameron has pointed out, these people as well as second and third-generation immigrants have had their fair share in the country’s prosperity and society. Defining the term “good immigration” can therefore not solely rest with a government dominated by native British politicians of a certain social standing. If the Prime Minister wants his statement to be taken as a real interest in a fruitful regulation of immigration, the government will have to include all groups in society, not least those who are most concerned by it.    

Another problem the above slogan creates is the fact that it indirectly and subtly tries to narrow down the idea of “good immigration” to lowering the number of people who get permission to live and work in the UK. Such a permission would be coupled with needs on the employment market. Here naturally the question arises whether Britain may hand out green cards to IT technicians and engineers, but bar their families from getting a residence permit because they do not work in one of the required fields. In theory David Cameron’s idea may sound plausible, yet it is hardly practicable and would lead to many, even diplomatic complications if families were forced to separate on the grounds of who may be useful to British economy and society and who may not.

All in all it remains doubtful whether David Cameron’s idea of restricting immigration to such immigrants that are able and willing to contribute to Britain is more than a government scam. The slogan “good immigration, not mass immigration” is easier said than done. The term “good immigration” would need a clear definition involving those who are most concerned – namely the immigrants themselves – and it should not result in simply lowering the number of those people admitted to the UK on the grounds of their qualification.    

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Dr. Mila Sahidhi-Porter, M.D.

13 Redcliffe Street

Bristol, BS1 4BF


The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

10 Downing Street

London, SW1A 2AA




Your Address to Tory Party Members on the Subject of Immigration


Dear Mr Cameron,

In your address to members of your party about the Government’s immigration policy in April 2011 you pointed out how Britain had benefited from immigration for many decades now. Today I am writing to thank you for your public appreciation of those hard-working and diligent people from all over the world who have striven to make Britain their new home and to contribute to its society.

When I came to England with my parents I was fifteen years old and life in this country was not always easy at first; but I appreciated the liberty and freedom it offered and I was eager to repay the possibilities I was given. Today I might almost say, my flourishing practice as a paediatrician, my son and daughter who are currently studying international law at Cambridge University and my role as chairwoman of AID, an organisation which supports children from poor families, are my repayment. For years I have enjoyed baking sponge cake for the cake buffet of our local cricket team of which my husband and son are members. It has also become one of my dearest pleasures to help decorating the children’s cancer ward at St. Thomas Hospital for Christmas. I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to live in this wonderful country and to make my home here. And as somebody who has worked hard to achieve what I feel so proud of today, I can only whole-heartedly agree with your stand on controlled immigration. Participation and contribution are what create the bond of our community. Taking advantage of it unconditionally and without giving service to it in return is what no country should accept and you are therefore right in saying that we should not equate mass immigration with good immigration.

However, I would also like to give a word of caution. None of us can say with certainty who is willing to integrate and to contribute to this country before we give them a chance to establish themselves here. I therefore express my hopes that “controlling immigration and bringing it down” will not merely result in handing out green cards to the highly-qualified. My father started his life in England with a small shoe shop which later developed into a successful chain. It is not just qualification which recommends a person to live in this country. 

Together with my family, I can only wish you good luck for your ambitious political goal and that the Government’s new scheme will also in future guarantee immigration to benefit Britain.


Yours sincerely,

Mila Sahidhi-Porter

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