"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 1 May 2015

Jack Dee's Election Helpdesk and spousal visa

Lewis Clark, a victim of the family division rules (his wife-to-be is American), shares his story with a group of comedians who can't really help. Still, a problem shared is a problem halved, as they say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05s9fx3/jack-dees-election-helpdesk-episode-2 - from about 9:30.

The general incredulity that the poor lad gets is quite breathtaking really. Good luck Lewis, if you read this, and thanks for sharing the issue (which apparently even hip socially-aware comedians know very little about)!

(Thanks to Sanjee for sharing the link).


  1. Thanks :)
    It was an interesting experience but one I'm glad I did.

    1. Ha! Sorry I misspelled your name there, and nice to meet you...

      And well done.

      Off-topic I know, but Lewis Clarke is an astonishingly appropriate name for a person with an American partner...