That’s the price I have to pay for the “right” to stay in the UK starting in October of this year. I already paid $1,000 to be able to come here and work the past two years.
Now I’m going to have to pay another roughly $1,500 for Indefinite Leave to Remain. I don’t want to stay here indefinitely. Can’t I just pay a couple hundred and stay here for another couple years? I promise I’ll leave.
Yesterday at work I said there should be an open border policy between the UK and the US and some people agreed with me. I think it would work out fine, especially since they are always trying to be buddy buddy with us and claiming we have a special relationship, and they consume our culture like it’s going out of style.
Well, I can tell you from personal experience – it doesn’t feel very special when I’m lumped in with all the other people who are from countries who don’t sport special-relationship-with-the-UK status.
This is a grass roots movement to bring back the special relationship. Things that would satisfy me:
1) No visa charges for Americans or Brits.
2) Express lane for Americans at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Yeah, that’s right. I said it. If we’re so “special” I want an express lane.
An Englishman at work smugly said we should have thought about all this back in 1776.
Here’s what I have to say to you, Englishman:
Sound familiar? HA. For those of you who don’t know, that’s their national anthem, which we have apparently deleted all the words and made it a song about how great America is.
Here’s a view of the Potomac from George Washington’s porch at Mount Vernon on a perfect summer day:
Not really sure how that’s relevant, but I felt like including something of George’s on here.
Anyway, if my conditions aren’t met I vote for severing the “special relationship” altogether due to the English people’s attitude. They might need us, but we don’t need them!