Gordon Brown’s at it again.
I am a UK / USA dual citizen, to start things off. I’ve been fully naturalized as a UK citizen under David Blunkett’s Citizenship scheme.
I had to attend a citizenship ceremony – which was presided over by a register and by the city’s Mayor. (In full ceremonial garb, nonetheless!)
I had to jump through several hoops as well to even get to that point. Now, according to Gordon Brown’s If I become Prime Minister spiel, I will / would have to volunteer to ensure citizenship.
That’s right! Compulsive volunteer service!
Now please remind me when slavery went out in the UK? This reeks suspiciously of the later. Isn’t the purpose of volunteering supposed to be.. voluntary? Hmm.
No longer content with soon-to-be compulsary Identification Cards (for all foriegen nationals no less!) in 2008, I will soon have to endure a period of tenure to some organization.
For what purpose may I ask?
So that I can better understand the community to which I am supposed to be integrating into. I’m sorry, but what makes Gordon Brown even think that I do not know the community to which I’ve lived, worked, and relaxed in for the last 7+ years?
It gets even better…
To prove myself worthy of citizenship I have to jump through even MORE hurdles. Not just content with taking a spelling, history and communication test (aka “Citizenship Test”) and undergoing a rather humiliating Citizenship Ceremony to which my local MP attended, which could only be branded a complete and utter waste of time, that inspired nothing remotely stirring within me but a sense of irritation at a scratchy, tinny recorded version of “God save the Queen”, a long bureaucratic ceremony to which someone actually had the audacity to try to make money by selling me photos of the “joyus event of becoming a UK citizen”.
Labour is becoming more and more like the BNP every day.