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Saturday, November 29, 2014
UK: Do mention the war! Lord Tebbit wants migrants' WW2 background in new 'cricket test'
Migrants could be asked who their grandfathers fought for in the war to decide if they are allowed entry to the UK, as incomers face police station checks to help deport them.Tory stalwart Lord Tebbit has put forward a new take on his famous “cricket test” which would highlight immigrants’ commitment to the British way of life.
He believes his radical intervention - to only let in selected applicants based on their family background - would go some way to stem the ever–growing influx continuing to swamp Britain.
The Conservative grandee spoke out last night as new details emerge of a proposal to make new arrivals register with the police.
By 'signing-on' at police stations when entering the UK, officials hope it will make it easier to later track down EU migrants if they have to be sent back home because they haven't found work.
The idea comes as part of David Cameron’s bullish proposals to limit the number of migrants moving into the UK from other EU countries.Yesterday he set out plans to deport migrants if they didn’t find work within six months.
Questions were asked of how the Government would keep tabs on incomers. But a Cabinet minister told The Telegraph that migrants would have to register with the police on arrival so they could check up with them after six months.
They said: “We are considering all options.
“And requiring migrants to sign in and register at police stations is one of the things we are looking at.”
But Cameron was told to retreat from plans for a cap on migrants by German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commissioner president Jean-Claude Junker, it has been claimed. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond this morning denied the claims.
Lord Tebbit told Newsnight last night he didn’t think immigration would come down to below 100,000 as promised by the Tories, as the benchmark was “simply going the wrong way”.
He said EU migrants should be asked who their fathers or grandfathers fought for in World War Two to decide whether to allow entry.
The former Tory party chairman proposed a similar “cricket test” in 1990 which suggested immigrants who didn’t support the English cricket team shouldn’t be allowed to stay in Britain as they hadn’t integrated into society.
He said: “You will find the Poles, Czechs and Slovakians were all on the right side so that’s a pretty good test isn’t it?
“Perhaps we will even teach them to play cricket gradually over the years.” express