I feel shameful that we have our first UKIP councillor elected in Rotherham.
As an immigrant and a daughter of an immigrant from Kashmir, I have spent most of my life in this country working hard and proudly giving back. It saddens me that my home town has voted for a party with an anti-immigration stance that betrays deep rooted prejudices.
All my life I have worked to celebrate the diversity in our society and enjoy our differences because there is no alternative for me. My work in communities, on programmes like Make Bradford British and writing plays showed our common human nature and our ability to reach out and touch one another. Immigrants are people like any other people who want a better life for themselves and their families. What’s wrong with that desire? It’s what our country is built on!
Please stand up if you think your origins have always been here. If yes, you are indeed very rare and special. We are all descended from immigrants; it’s only a matter of how long ago we or our ancestors came here! The Anglo-Saxons came from Germany and even Nigel Farage is descended from a French immigrant, I bet they didn’t tell you that on the doorstep.
Last year, after seeing the rise of UKIP in the Rotherham By-election, it motivated me to work with Steve Rogers to reprise our second play Faultlines – The Second Generation, which is currently touring Yorkshire.
The play is a unique insight into life in 1970’s Rotherham, the arrival of South Asian families, the growth of racism and the National Front. How relevant all of this is today! The play explores racial tensions, the fight against intolerance and the need to build community relationships.
A local Lass
If you are interested in supporting the play, please contact us on 07541 475159.