February 17, 2010

Woliwon, Gary Allanach!

Mr. Allanach was wonderful enough to bring attention to our situation through his own site. In the most eloquent of ways too. I am most appreciative for his effort in getting the message out about the issue of UK citizenship equality (or rather, the lack of it), and eternally grateful to him for linking the petition as well.

His full post can be found here.

To add another twist in Gary's Churchill angle, Winston's mum, Jenny Jerome, once lived not too far from my current residence. I pass by Madison and 26th Street, former spot of the famous "Jerome Mansion", almost everyday.

So, thanks Gary. Or, Woliwon!

February 10, 2010

My Question Made Liberty Central

Sponsored by the Guardian, in "Liberty Central" forum, once a week, Liberty's lawyers answer human rights questions. On January 21, 2010, it was my opportunity to have our question answered.

Check it out:

Why can't I claim British citizenship

The verdict? Liberty's response was basically full of law speak that went in circles and with not enough naming and shaming, though I'm glad they pointed out how suspicious the government's stance was, calling this blatant discrimination "distasteful". Still, the information they provided about taking our case to the European Court of Human Rights offered a glimpse of hope, even if it would be more beneficial for an unmarried British father to plead their case in front of Strasbourg, and not a child born out of wedlock.

To this, I ask - Dads, do we have any takers out there?

Thank You, Guy Siner

Actor Guy Siner, who played Lieutenant Hubert Gruber in the "'Allo 'Allo!" movies, and more recently, the Harbormaster in "Pirates of the Caribbean", has graciously agreed to sign the petition to end citizenship discrimination against children born to unmarried British fathers.

A little known fact about Siner is that he too was a victim of citizenship discrimination. Born in the United States to a British mother, Siner was not able to obtain his British citizenship through his mother. Until 2002, children born outside the UK, before 1983 to British mothers, could not register their births and get a UK passport. The law changed in 2002, but still had a cut-off date of 1961. Last year, the cut-off date was removed and on January 13, 2010 every single child born outside the country was eligible to register their births.

I should remind you that we are now officially the last group without a path to British citizenship. Let us remember how much those in the House of Commons and the House of Lords detest illegitimate children and their fathers.

A New Year, A New Goal

Happy belated New Year! I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2010. While I don't believe in resolutions, I do believe in fresh starts, and one of them begins here. For 2010, I want to step this site up a bit, freshen things up, and give it a scrub down.

First off, my apologies for getting back to a few of you so late. When I started this blog, I didn't know where exactly to take it, or where it would go. My original intentions were to document this discrimination and put it all out there for everyone to see. And so it sat there, for anybody to stumble upon. Through my site meter, I discovered that this site came up often during searches for citizenship information. I saw IP addresses from all over the world and...a few times from the Houses of Parliament (ahem). My focus then began to shift to the political.

So, this is the year I call out to various media and force the issue of discrimination against children born to unmarried British father down the throats of the people. Who knows what will happen, but I hope the end result is ultimately, a fair path to citizenship for those of us affected by this horribly unfair law.

Watch this space...