ONE NATION ECONOMY: Lessons and Opportunities from China
We wanted to take this opportunity to write to you about the independence referendum on September 18th.
This is the biggest decision that people in Scotland will have to take in over 300 years and we need to get it right for the sake of our economy and our families.
The recent and devastating events in Gaza have created a response from countries and nations from all over the world. The endless and tragic images that show the scale of the humanitarian crisis arising from the conflict between Hamas and the Israeli army has moved many people across nations and communities to demand Government's secure a peaceful solution.
There are always huge difficulties in talking of two vast areas, one of which is a unitary and strong state, and the other a continent of 53 states in various stages of development. Even so, the generalised discussion of Africa and China now in vogue glosses over such discrepancies and essentialises both the complex Chinese and the even more complex Africans. It is also condescending towards Africa – as if every state within the continent was simply an open body awaiting predators.
Twice a year - once in celebration of New Year’s in December and once on the occasion of the Queen’s official birthday in June - the British Government announces its lists of people who have received Honours. This year, I was fortunate and grateful to have been one of the thousand or so people who received the letter that announced we had been recognised. I am now proud to be a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (a CBE), awarded for political service, which has mostly been focused on building strong ties between China, Chinese communities and the Labour Party.
Immigration is good. There, I've said it. Now I wait to be struck down by a thunder bolt.
A country that attracts immigrants is a healthy country. It boasts a growing economy, a stable society, and offers a safe environment for children to grow up in. Its people live under the rule of law, with freedom of speech and of religion. It's a country of which I'm immeasurably proud to be a citizen.