Robert Winder, the author of book ‘Bloody Foreigners’, has labelled the Windrush affair "a disgrace and embarrassing to the British brand".
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "The good news is that this has been brought to light in time to stop it. The idea that we’re talking about deporting people who came here as children 60 years ago is amazing. In terms of why it has happened, it’s difficult that migration, which is just people living their lives, comes under the ambit of the Home Office all the time. Whose idea of a solution to any problem is to put people in prison or deport them."
"It is embarrassing, it’s damaging to the British brand overseas, it makes us look like a bungling country that doesn’t like foreigners.
"One of the ironies, one of the glories of life in Britain is that you have been, up until now, able to live more or less a paperless life, if you don’t commit a crime. You can be born and die without encountering the authorities in any way."