Windrush generation peers attack ‘incompetent’ Home Office


Two peeks who came from to the UK from Commonwealth countries have condemned the around treatment of the Windrush generation as “distressing”.

Lib Dem and former children’s TV presenter Baroness Benjamin revealed she was lucky not to be among those now asked to prove their status.

Job’s Lord Boateng accused the Home Office of adding injury to the dishonour of previous generations’ racism.

A government spokesman said he understood their unsettles.

Baroness Benjamin described the situation faced by people who came to the UK as sons and now being asked for proof was “distressing, inconsiderate and heartless”.

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She trumpeted the House: “I came to this country in 1960 as a British citizen, a Windrush creation child, who was told I was part of the motherland, I would be welcomed.

“Luckily I had my own passport as I roved without my parents, otherwise I too would be having to prove my status.”

She reported those without passports have been subject to “unbelievable inefficiency and lack of compassion – they are being treated as criminals”.

She asked “who amongst us can lend their school reports and payslips from 50 years ago?” and go on increased that it has created “a feeling of resentment, rejection and mistrust”.

Labour’s Viscount Boateng, who was born in London but returned to the UK from Ghana in the 1960s, look ated that Commonwealth citizens have “lived their life in this nation, paid their taxes, helped this country grow and upon into the successful multi-racial society it is today”.

“They have been injured, they were insulted as children, my generation was described as ‘wide-eyed grinning piccaninnies’ by an MP [Enoch Powell] and to that slur has been added this injury in their old age.”

He said “what we yearning is not warm words” but compensation for those whose jobs have been faked and no more deportations.

Former home secretary Lord Howard of Lympne said it was a “terrible state of affairs” which he has followed “with concern and bewilderment”.

Reciprocating on behalf of the government, the Earl of Courtown pointed to the home secretary’s guarantee that there will be no removals or detentions, and went further than her in recounting what had happened as a “shameful exercise”.

He said the government’s priority was to “establish up a picture… to enable those individuals to be here” but immigration officials are beg National Insurance numbers, not school reports, as Baroness Benjamin had advanced.

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