"Just because we enter into this world in widely different circumstances to another, doesn't deny one person from wanting the same thing as another, or for needing to feel close to something we treasure.
If these two small girls from the Second World War years could dream the same dream, why is it wrong for one disadvantaged person on the poorer side of the street, or for that matter, the other side of the world, to also have the same dream and desires of you and me, even it there is little hope of it ever being realised?
There is absolutely nothing unnatural with wanting to sleep safely in one's own bed without getting blown up by a bomb: there is nothing unnatural with wanting to have all your family members alive when you go to sleep and find them all alive the following morning when you wake up: there is nothing unnatural to want to eat enough daily and to have access to clean water: there is nothing unnatural in wanting to have a job so that you may feed and care for your own family: there is nothing unnatural in wanting dignity and a life of freedom for yourself and your loved ones.
For so many in this world, the most natural thing for them to do is to migrate to a safer, healthier, freer and more prosperous country, and even if circumstances and politics prevents the west from taking all of them in, there is no earthly reason for not understanding why they are prepared to risk their life and limb by their dangerous crossing of cruel seas.
As a Brexit supporter, I am personally pleased that we voted to leave the Economic Community of Europe as I have always believed in our country regaining control over our own Parliament, laws, economics and borders. As regards to the numbers of migrants we allow into our country annually from all over the world, (excluding genuine asylum seekers), I genuinely believe that a planned policy of migration is much better for both the indigenous citizen as well as the migrant, so that the indigenous native continues to feel at home in their own country and that the migrant feels a more welcomed visitor and doesn't become a second class citizen by being obliged to be employed for lower wagers in less appealing employment.
As a nation, I have always admired the generous record of this country whenever it has been asked to consider the plight of asylum seekers fleeing war-torn countries. I hope that Great Britain continues to exercise similar consideration in the future and doesn't pull up the drawbridge of discerning compassion after we invoke 'Article 50' and leave the European Union in due course, following the Brexit Vote.
Many an economic migrant, such as me and my Irish parents, found it to be the most natural of things to do during 1946/47 when we migrated to England and sought to better our circumstances.This was the most natural decision for my parents to take, after finding their hopes buried beneath a pile of crushed dreams, with little prospect for the future.
As an Irish man born and bred, who is still an Irish citizen and who migrated to England as a child 68 years ago, I hope I have been here long enough now, that the indigenous natives will allow me to stay a bit longer after 'Article 50' has been triggered." William Forde: September 29th, 2016.