The negative vibes emanating from the UK on the issue of immigration are in stark contrast to the bold action taken by President Obama to ensure some five million illegal immigrants will not be deported from the USA.
In an interesting move, the beleaguered American president stood up and defied the Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions, displaying great frustration at the congressional gridlock which has bedeviled his time in office.
The American leader was something like his old self, taking the fight to those who have shackled him in the top job, though I fear it will his be his last act of compassion in this generally right-wing country, as his term in office comes to a close.
My reading of his two terms is that he failed to understand just how big the nature of the task was, nor did he appreciate just restricting his own party would be, including the black members of his own administration who seem more intent on gaining revenge on those who have persecuted them.
Obama was never, in my opinion, able to rise above the politics of his own party, unlike Nelson Mandela who was able to successfully embrace all creeds, and colours in South Africa.
In the meantime I despair of what is going here in the UK where that two-trick pony UKIP has grabbed another seat in Westminster from under the very nose of a faltering David Cameron.
Luckily we Scots seem to be immune to the charms of Nigel Farage, and his beer-swilling chums. It will of course all end in tears, as the shortsighted British electorate come to realise this is a movement going nowhere, though they only have until next May to come to their collective senses.
There is a strange contradiction in the nation’s desire to send immigrants back from whence they came, especially when you think that the late, and not so lamented, Margaret Thatcher was a prime mover in encouraging free markets.
What is happening at the moment in the UK is in total contrast to her widely supported beliefs, but not by this writer who while not wishing to go back to the dark ages of strikes, and their consequences, hankers just a little to hear more of the compassion Mr Obama so eloquently spoke of last week.
I fear, however, that I will wish in vain, as we cling desperately to the idea that of free enterprise is working, either side of the Border, though I hold some faith in the concept that we in Scotland can successfully rise above the injustices currently facing us.
Just for the record I note that Obama’s actions are not in fact new, as in 1986 no less a president Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill, which effectively shielded three million immigrants from deportation.
All I ask is that we recognise the value of those who come to our shores, and totally reject the nonsense of UKIP and its huge limitations before it is too late.
By this time you might have gathered that I am actually nearer to the USA action, and I am in that huge country on holiday.