Thursday 7 April 2016 10.54am
Tom Pepper wrote:
"I thought all those immigrants were a bad idea of Mutti Merkel's, but I'd rather have them in Bielefeld than the poxy traffic that you have to put up with."
Getting away from Farage, (I wish) that's a bizarre conflation of two quite different situations by Pepper minor. Or, is that the 'lesser of two evils' philosophy being applied?
I gently pressed him on this, uneasily concerned that as a German naturalised citizen now, he may be adopting the mindset that his new compatriots developed in the 1930s.
He said that in common with most Germans he knows, he doesn't view the influx of refugees and asylum seekers as 'evil', but he said that there is a ground swell of feeling that the Bundestag didn't consider an 'end game', when adopting an open door policy.
So from that standpoint, he said that unless the teeming hordes flocking in directly adversely affected his family, then in his opinion, give them a chance, they are infinitely more preferable, (to him), than sitting in a never ending traffic jam in New Kent Road
As a light aside, when he first got his Bundesrepublik Deutschland Reisepass, (German passport), around 2002 or 3, he took both that and his U.K. one when he flew into Stansted.
He presented the Reisepass at passport control, and the official asked him a couple of questions.
He said that the guy said, "Christ sir, you're good with our language, where did you learn it, at the University of Peckham?"