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the RAF is celebrating its birthday-many happy returns-but do all those celebrating and pleased with a British icon, are some of them also against immigrant workers coming to this country, do they not know the history of the RAF and how this country may have had a different today if not for one of the top squadrons of the RAF during the war which was, in fact, one of squadrons made up from immigrants to this country mainly from Poland, so should people in this country, who moan of foreign workers, not realise that immigrants helped put the great into Great Britain and embrace our services and the help given by immigrants

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hear hear!

there was an old fighter pilot on breakfast tv talking about travelling from somewhere in the carribbean to join up.

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When Germany invaded Poland many airmen came from Poland to Britain to fight in WW2. In 1947 an Act of Parliament was passed allowing 200,000 Polish people into this country.

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Many Spitfire pilots were from Indian regiments…look up Mohinder Singh Pujji. All brave guys and great pilots. Ability to fly a plane doesn’t depend on where you’re from or gender (e.g. Amy Johnson, and quite a few other ladies delivering planes to the RAF as fast as they could churn 'em out during the Battle of Britain)… I’ve flown a couple of times in a Cessna 4-seater with a lady pilot, who was brave enough to let me fly for a bit… although I was content to let her land it, I wouldn’t feel confident enough to try that!

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Racism really saddens me, and diminishes us all. My parents were both active Socialists when I was a nipper and there were people of all nationalities in and out of our house constantly, even more so at election times. It was just normal for me, maybe that’s the difference, I never learned to hate people for how they looked.

I can’t help cringing when I remember that when I moved down here to the South coast after nearly 40 years in London just how many people asked if I’d moved down here “to get away from the blacks”. I was quite shocked the first couple of times and never really worked out how best to respond, other than to offer the truth, which had nothing to do with people of any different ethnicity.

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I’ve always just said ‘people is people’… don’t give a monkeys what nationality, religion or gender they are - if they’re decent human beings who treat other people decently as well, that’ll do me. If they’re not, that might be a different matter… I once shared a house with a load of other people, mostly Muslims - and they were good people. The Eid-al-Fitr parties which end Ramadan were a bit legendary - they used to invite everyone in the house, lay on loads of food, and party like it was going out of style!

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