The UK’s passports for sale scheme is not taking back control: it’s flogging the country to the highest bidder
Well, yes, OK, selling passports could be thought of that way of course. I think it’s a great idea myself but still.
The FT has reported that:
The number of wealthy Chinese acquiring UK “golden visas” that give residency in return for investing £2m or more in assets rose sharply last year as worries over Brexit paled next to Britain’s attractiveness as a secure bolthole for international money.
Mainland Chinese took 116 of the 355 “investor visas” granted in 2017 by the UK government to wealthy individuals, up 56 per cent from the previous year.
Umm, an investor visa is a passport for sale is it?
At a time when migration is an issue in UK politics passports should not be for sale to anyone.
Interesting, I hadn’t known that a visa means a passport. In fact, I rather thought that the one precluded the other. A British passport, a full one, means that you don’t need a visa to come here, doesn’t it?
Secondly, this whole policy clearly undermines the idea of citizenship and commoditises it. This is the antithesis of any idea of nationhood which supposedly so matters to this government.
In fact, it’s not citizenship.
Fifth, there is no evidence that the people who supposedly ‘invest’ in the UK actually deliver value. They may live here. But do they really deliver for the UK? I suspect not, at all. Tourism is useful, but not that useful and many who acquire these passports will not be here much of the year, I suspect.
Well, yes, investment is useful, even from foreigners. And it’s not a passport.
Sixth, and perhaps most important, the whole idea that citizenship is based on principles is abandoned.
It’s still not citizenship.
Here are the rules about such a Tier 1 (Investor) visa:
How long you can stay
You can come to the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months.
It’s not a passport, it’s not citizenship, it’s a time limited visa allowing, for that time period and that period only, residency.
Ritchie’s not a clue, has he?