Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Goodwoman? Or Slithy Toviness?

An Italian citizen writing as Paola Buonadonna and married to a UK citizen has attempted to assert that she has every right to vote in a Brexit referendum.  Such a vote would affect her 26-year-long residence in the UK she claims.  She further claims that she has studied and worked in England.  I bet she has.  It's infinitely more valuable (and so much more rewarding, not to mention free before 1992) to study in  some UK universities than in some Italian universities.  It is what she doesn't say that marks her claim to a vote as tendentious.

Italian citizens put their citizenship at risk, or at least under query, if they adopt the citizenship of another nation state (except in very narrowly defined circumstances; marriage to a citizen of another state is not necessarily one of them). Conversely, someone 'marrying-in' had (though that too has shifted) Italian citizenship conferred upon them regardless.  The status of a married-in Italian is one of the very few dual citizenship types recognised by the Italian state as acceptable.  Mr HG has never taken married-in UK citizenship, so trikki is the interpretation of what's what.

Ms Buonadonna does not mention this inconvenience for her native citizenship status (has she children?) in her article in the Telegraph.   It is, after all, a propaganda piece, riding on the outrage bus  attempting to perform the usual progressive, common purpose trick of reaching beyond conferred statuses or powers.  She can have UK citizenship and vote: of course she can.  Someone might just denounce her though and her retirement choice of her own little bit of Italian paradise might  go up in a puff of smoke should the UK choose Brexit and 'European' citizenship be shown to be non existent, or not quite as existent as hoped, after all. Jus sanguinis is so past time, so incorrect, after all.  Except we're all beginning to look rather harder at citizenship conferral in these migratory days.

Englishwomen marrying Italians have greater privileges conferred by marriage than Italian women marrying Englishmen.  Perhaps she'd like to take it up under 'uman-rights'?  

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