A proud immigrant

PATRIOTIC: “This country (Spain) has been good to me… I am proud of my heritage.”

I TRULY am becoming heartily peeved with people writing to remind me that I am ‘also an immigrant.’ Usually these informants are new readers and, although I am delighted to welcome them to my scribbles, it also means they have not read a number of my past columns in which I have more than covered this particular subject.

So to all the wags who still think they are being clever, and occasionally quite nasty in their observations, I am completely aware that I am ‘also an immigrant.’ I am actually quite a proud immigrant. Many years ago, due to personal reasons (well chronicled in my books), I left the UK and, after some years in the Middle East, moved to Spain where I have resided for the last 35 years. This country has been good to me.

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It has educated four of my children, two of which have married Spanish locals, and my knowledge of the language is moderately passable. I originally brought some £50,000 into the country (which in 1983 was no small sum!) and, through unfortunate timing and various business ventures, managed to lose most of it over the next two or three years.

During my time here, I have integrated to the best of my ability, helped support the local tourist industry and earned myself a Spanish pension. Although politically minded, I have never seriously involved myself in Spanish politics or tried to interfere with their culture or the running of the country. I feel that as an immigrant I have two choices. Stay and accept all that my host country has to offer, or leave!

Through it all, I have however remained a true British patriot. I am proud of my heritage. Proud also of the fact that both my father and grandfather, laid their lives on the line with millions of others to preserve Britain’s freedom and democracy. I am also disgusted by the way the country of my birth is slowly being brought to its knees by ungrateful foreign spongers, greedy billionaires and dubious immigrants, who take advantage of its hospitality and, under the guise of diversity, would destroy its culture altogether.

I am constantly enraged by deceitful, self-serving politicians, who either have some ulterior motive or are naïve almost beyond belief. I am a staunch Brexiteer. I am firmly convinced that only by ridding ourselves of the yolk of Brussels will our misguided children learn to stand on their own two feet, respect their country and regain the pride and patriotism that inspired the youngsters of yore to fight, and die for what they believed in.

One thing I do try to avoid – although it is sometimes difficult – is hypocrisy. I do always endeavour to practise what I preach. I have nothing against immigration. In fact I believe it can often be a good thing. Providing the visitors retain the same attitude and respect toward their host country as I maintain myself.

Unfortunately the majority of aliens that are pouring into Europe at this time appear to have a different agenda altogether. I am fervently convinced that if our so called leaders don’t wake up soon it will all be too late. Sadly, I fear it already may be.

Keep the faith.
Love Leapy.
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  2. I always find it odd that British immigrants to Spain insist on calling themselves “ex-pats” as if that is somehow a higher status than immigrant.

  3. well said. i to have had a house in fuengirola for thirty years, like the people and there way of life.i admire there attitude if you dont like it you can leave.i only ever bring money into the country.my home in england is by walsall in the west mids.i very rarely go there as it look and feels more like islamabad with all the burks.there is no intergration,only segregation.i feel more at home when in fuengirola,whitch makes me realy sad the way your town can feel so alien. keep on scrribeling as i love your articles,its nice to know other people feel the same.as you are not allowed to write such things in the british press.keeping the faith. dave west. mids.

  4. “They say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and then they make you king.”Bob Dylan

    I find it difficult to believe that I belong to such an idiotic, rotten species — the species that actually boasts of its freedom of will, heroism on command, senseless violence and all of the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism.
    ~ Albert Einstein (1879-03-14 1955-04-18 age:76)

    Selling War
    Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.
    ~ Hermann Göering (1893-01-02 1946-10-15 age:53), President of the Reichstag, Nazi Party and Luftwaffe Commander in Chief.

    Patriotism = Bully and Cheat
    One of the great attractions of patriotism — it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
    ~ Aldous Huxley (1894-07-26 1963-11-22 age:69)

    Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
    ~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-07-26 1950-11-02 age:94)

    Patriot = Insult
    The time is fast approaching when to call a man a patriot will be the deepest insult you can offer him. Patriotism now means advocating plunder in the interest of the privileged classes of the particular State system into which we have happened to be born.
    ~ Leo Tolstoy (1828-09-09 1910-11-07 age:82)

    Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”
    Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

    Just sayin’.


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