Last June, the UK held a referendum on whether to stay in the European Union, or to make a British exit — Brexit. The majority of those casting their votes — but only 36% of the UK electorate — chose to turn their backs on Europe and its people. Since then, the British government has been taking every opportunity to burnish its xenophobic credentials, and with some success: recent figures show that EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for years are leaving in droves.
But it seems that the UK government feels it hasn’t punished those foolish enough to live beyond the white cliffs of Dover as much as it could, and has come up with a cunning new plan to show Jane and Johnny Foreigner they are not welcome in any way, shape or form. The government department that handles immigration and the granting of UK visas has just announced that there will be some additional discrimination, specifically:
customers [applying from outside the UK] who contact UK Visas and Immigration by email will be charged £5.48 [about $7]
While true-blue emails born in the pure digital air of Britain’s sceptered isle can still be sent free of charge, any emails containing filthy foreign IP packets will be whacked with a $7 charge, presumably to have their electrons scrubbed clean of transmissible diseases and the smell of garlic.
The underlying message to people thinking about visiting the UK should therefore be clear: you and your pathetic tourist spending power are no longer wanted.