In the latest of depressing soundbites and words to come out of the Tory conference, Theresa May said this in her speech earlier today:
If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.
I am a proud citizen of nowhere – I was born and grew up in Germany, spent most of my adult life in the UK, but have also lived temporarily in Spain for example. Though currently relocating to Germany, I can very easily see myself moving to another European country at some point in my life. I adore Venice [though most likely I will never be able to afford living there!] and also like Amsterdam and have never properly explored Scandinavia.
Through having lived in different places and having friends from all over the world, I am fortunate enough to have been able to learn from different cultures and customs. That mix has made me who I am today and I am lucky that I am shaped of more than just the misguided nationalism of one country. If we don’t approach and welcome other cultures we become closeted and narrowminded racists.
Theresa May does not speak for me and my friends.