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Excuse me... Are you British? Oct. 1st, 2004 10:03 am
In London tube and rail stations immigration officials are stopping tube passengers speaking non-European languages and asking them to proving their right to British residence.


From: djm4
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:07 am (Link)
Grrr. I wonder if it would be possible for me to voluntarily revoke my citizenship of the UK, and exactly how fucked I'd be if I did it.
From: wechsler
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:10 am (Link)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362227/ , but without the Hollywood schmaltz or happy ending.
From: zotz
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:11 am (Link)
If you can arrange an Act of parliament, yes.
From: djm4
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:22 am (Link)
I was reminded of Iain Banks tearing up his passport when we invaded Iraq, but it strikes me that he can probably get away with it more easily than I could.
From: zotz
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:26 am (Link)
He's still a citizen. British citizenship's one of the hardest to lose. I'm not sure anyone's ever managed it.

Denial of service attack ?

From: venta
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:40 am (Link)
How well can the average Londoner fake Arabic ?

Re: Denial of service attack ?

From: valkyriekaren
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 09:47 am (Link)
I could fake a language that most people would recognise as a language but be unable to comprehend quite easily, I think. It's all about structure and putting pauses in the right places. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to be high on their hitlist anyway, as I don't 'look foreign'.
From: mrz80
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 01:05 pm (Link)

Read the first bit (about "The Dreadnaught Hoax" or "the BungaBunga affair") for a rather humorous reference to Englishmen impersonating foreigners; it seems a strangly apropos sort of thing to mention in this context, for several reasons that make perfect sense to me but that I am too tired to articulate effectively to anyone else, so I'll stop typing now.
From: thekumquat
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 03:24 pm (Link)
Have they even *tried* to argue that they're not just being racist and really do clamp down on all illegal residents, including all the English-speaking Australian, NZ, US, Canadian etc ones?
From: nisaba
Date: October 1st, 2004 - 03:31 pm (Link)
Well, that'll do London's tourism industry no end of good...

Least the tourists will probably have passports on them. I'd have no way of proving I have a right to live here if I got randomly asked, what do they do in that case? Drag 'em down the police station until someone produces papers for the poor sod?

Not that they'll ask me anyway, just because I speak (a version of) English and don't look *spit* "foreign"