Andrew Brons is currently the British Democrats Deputy Chairman and National Nominating Officer. He was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) between 2009 – 2014. He wrote the following letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph after the recent furore involving Lady Susan Hussey.
Letters to the Editor
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The controversy about the conversation between Lady Susan Hussey and Ms. Ngozi Fulani can be attributed to confusion between nationality and citizenship in Western Europe. They are often used as though they were synonyms. However, in Eastern Europe citizenship is conferred by legal process, place of birth or acquired by naturalisation. Nationality is acquired by heredity – parentage.
When Lady Hussey asked where Ms Fulani was from, Ms Fulani replied that she was born in the United Kingdom and that she was British. There seems to be no doubt that she is a British Citizen but Lady Hussey clarified what she was asking by asking where her people (ancestors) were from. This seems to have been regarded as an intrusive question by Ms. Fulani but there is no evidence to suggest that it was motivated by hostility. Perhaps Lady Hussey thought that information about Ms Fulani’s ancestry would be much more interesting than about her place of birth in the United Kingdom. Indeed her surname would indicate connection with one of the smaller tribes in Northern Nigeria.