UK minister Suella Braverman’s Delhi uncle has a message for her
UK home secretary Suella Braverman's Delhi-based uncle cautioned his niece about some of her language around immigration, urging her to not forget that she herself is a child of migrants, as per a report. Father Ayres Fernandes- Catholic priest- said that he sees the need to clamp down on illegal immigration but there was a need for more compassion towards refugees and asylum seekers.
“I only pray that she remembers that she herself was born to migrant parents, and therefore, she needs to be a little cautious when making such comments,” he said.
Father Ayres Fernandes grew up in Kenya with his four siblings, including Suella Braverman's father, Christie Fernandes. The 73-year-old said that he and another family member had discussed Suella Braverman's political posturing with a relative.
“She's quite strong by herself, that much I know, she has her own thinking. But I believe that there is somebody backing her up to make such comments. But being a minister, holding such a position, maybe she should be a little cautious,” he said.
“But with my experiences, I learned you need to change, you need to adjust, you need to give space to people and their way of life and opinions. And in politics that is very important — to be able to be open to others and others' views and opinions. I pray for her every day that she may be able to calm down and relate with people in a better manner,” he added.
In her Tory conference speech, Suella Braverman said, “The wind of change that carried my own parents across the globe in the 20th century was a mere gust compared to the hurricane that is coming. Because today, the option of moving from a poorer country to a richer one is not just a dream for billions of people, it is an entirely realistic prospect. Uncontrolled immigration, inadequate integration, and a misguided dogma of multiculturalism have proven a toxic combination for Europe over the last few decades… Multiculturalism has failed."