"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Friday 11 July 2014

MM & Ors : Initial response (a personal view)

The judgement today is bad news, but we always knew that bad news would be a possibility. We hoped for the best, but we have always been realistic about the chances that there would be setbacks.

Campaigns against draconian family migration laws in other parts of Europe - in countries such as Denmark and Norway - have been running for a decade now. The campaign still goes on in those countries, and provides a platform and support for those affected. Campaigns against injustices such as the Hillsborough coverup also continue. These campaigns endure - they change, they have ups and downs, but the fight goes on, because the thirst for justice - the thirst for love, for family - is fundamental to the human condition.

We will continue to support those affected. We will fight this battle, family by family, through information sharing, media work, and researching and offering solidarity and solutions - as we have done since the rules came in.

We will keep lobbying politicians to get a commitment from them to scrap these unjust laws. This could take time in the current climate, but in the meantime we will support you.

We will continue to campaign and to work with other campaigners.

Let us learn the lesson of the the campaigns of the 1980s and 1990s, where the racist primary purpose rule divided similar numbers of families. It was ultimately a commitment from a major political party that eventually did for those rules, after much lobbying and hard work, by campaigners and by those affected. Many of the campaigners involved then are supporting us now, and we thank them for their continued efforts and for their shared wisdom.

In the meantime, let's support those affected and help them find solutions appropriate to them.

We are here for you, and however the campaign evolves and changes (as it will) over the coming months - and years - we will remain here for you, always.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.


  1. Its so disapointing desshion but very thanks to ur suport and efforts
    Its painful and diffecult time for families whoes effected this law

  2. Thank you for being here and giving us hope.

  3. Disappointed by the decision. I work 70+ hours with 2 jobs and have £20k+ saving... still not good enough...

  4. How comes other rules got overturned by the government so quickly...
    For example gay marriages...
    It is just so frustrating as well that EU citizens are allowed to come over here without jumping any hurdles...
    This is just emotional and mental blackmail by this government...
    All for what... Because of love...
    Can't believe it...

  5. Suggest BritCits and readers may wish to try a different approach and lobby the First Minister of Scotland. An independent Scotland will not treat British families this way. Give the First Minister ammunition in the lead up to his debate with Darling on 5 August 2014. An independent Scotland offers hope to rUK families. [From Anon. Civil Servant].