I wasn’t born where I currently live for the simple reason that my parents decided on my place of birth which incidentally was Aldershot in Hampshire.
Unsurprisingly nor did I spend my formative years here and neither did my brothers and sister because we lived in a variety of places dependent on where our dad was stationed whilst he was in the army.
When he left the army we moved lock stock and barrel to live in Rotherham which was where our mum came from.
I’ve be careful not to use the term Rotherham in South Yorkshire for fear of upsetting the traditionalist who still talk of the Ridings where Rotherham was in the West Riding.
I then ran away to sea – sounds more romantic than enlisted- where my home for over 22 years was Gosport, Hampshire.
You may by now be asking what an earth is this leading to?
It is this?
I’m certainly not the only one who has moved location on a number of occasions throughout my life and in fact it is estimated that over 70% of the population of any town or city is highly likely to like me be ‘comer inners’.
The question is does it make us more or less committed to where any of us live because we weren’t born and brought up there?
The reason I ask is that the question of immigration and impact of immigrants and different communities that make up The United Kingdom was brought to mind again this week when Members of Parliament and that upstanding citizen Nigel Farage justified themselves by using the words,
“I was born and bred here and love this country”?
Now forgive me for being picky but two things immediately spring to mind when I hear such tosh and humbug – in addition of course to the racist xenophobia they display.
The first is about how much control did they have on being born in England?
Probably as much as I had in being born in Aldershot.
Now I am in no way a qualified biologist or medical practitioner but I do know they must be biologically ignorant if they don’t understand how procreation occurs.
It seems pretty clear to me that the actions of my parents which resulted in me arriving on this planet was something that was absolutely and definitely out of my control.
In fact like most children it is an aspect of my parents relationship and private lives that I’d prefer not to think too much about thank you very much.
Nor of course as children do you have much of a choice where you live, what you eat and where you go to school or even how many brothers and sisters you have all of which has an impact on how you develop into adulthood.
This of course is where the parents get the blame for everything, after all if psychologists – or should that be psychiatrists – are to be believed they set the parameters on which the adult character is formed.
The question is why do people and it does seem to either predominantly be politicians – or those who see ‘comer inners’ as being the reason for their own failure to achieve what they invariably think they are entitled to – who always fall back on the
“I must be better and more committed than you because I was born and bred here”
Interestingly looking at the people who pulled the desperation “born and bred” card out last week none of them originated from the constituency they represent and in fact three out of the four don’t even originate from England which given the history of the UK population is not surprising.
Their names in fact have origins in Scotland, Wales, France and the Netherlands.
Perhaps they should all go home?
The major point of course is in claiming that being born in a place is somehow indicative of why you are more important, superior and therefore should be listened to is effectively claiming that everyone else is inferior and shouldn’t or in fact aren’t entitled to express an opinion.
It is a strange attitude to claim that your parents actions nine months before you were born is something you want to take credit for?
So let me counter the argument and put another side to the issue.
Those of us who choose to live in a place and raise our children there must logically be more committed to it than those who just happened to be there through an ‘accident of birth’ or failure of ‘birth control’!!!
Taking credit for parents birth control failure is rather amusing.
And after all it would mean at the very least we would be the majority which is of course how imperialism, ethnic cleansing and xenophobia got a foot hold in the first place.
Bloody tribalism –
Bloody nationalism –
It’s all our parents, and their parents, and their parents – et al – fault.