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A breath of Lush Air

A breath of Lush Air

Am slightly behind the drag curve but I could not let pass that the chain of stores Lush Cosmetics has teamed up with the No One is Illegal Campaign.  You may already be familiar with the stores:  hand-made soapy and bubbly stuff that smells (in my view good) from a mile away.  Am certainly a fan but have become even more excited since it joined forces with the campaign, in May, calling for the abolition of immigration controls.

Granted this was only for a week but during that week, all of its 95 stores across the country featured the No One Is Illegal (NOII) declaration:

“People should be free to live and work wherever they wish and enjoy all the same rights as all residents.”

The posters featuring those words were big and bold and displayed in the front windows.  Customers and passer-bys were also able to sign the declaration in-store and online.

Now not everyone will agree with this particular campaign but it certainly represents “a welcome antidote to immigration hysteria” as reported by the Guardian on 26th May and I don’t think that I can name a single other high street company who has taken such a stance in respect of immigration.  The store and NOII also commissioned a YouGov poll which according to their respective websites, showed that 54% of those polled agreed with the NOII declaration.  72% of the people asked also thought that they should be allowed to live and work in a foreign country and 46% thought people from foreign countries should be allowed to live and work in Britain.

When many people’s views on immigration are unfortunately shaped by fear and a mammoth dose of mis-information, this is certainly up-lifting.  In stark contrast we have the announcement today that Ian Duncan-Smith will be making a speech in Spain to say that controlling immigration is “critical” to avoid “losing another generation (or young Britons) to dependency and hopelessness” and appealing businesses for help in ensuring that British citizens are awarded jobs.  Mmmh… Echoes of Gordon Brown’s “British jobs for British workers”?!

Sarah Pinder

Sarah is a specialist immigration barrister at Mansfield Chambers in London. She also practices in family law and has a particular interest in cross-over issues within the two areas of law. Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah worked for 6 years in the not-for-profit sector as a specialist immigration caseworker.

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