“I had to make myself English,” she recalled in a recent interview.
“I can’t really believe it.”
As she looks back at the UK’s history, she touched on the Windrush generation and how she remains horrified about that sequence of our past.
In 1948 the HMT Empire Windrush, carrying more than 500 passengers from Caribbean islands, docked in Tilbury as part of a major sealift to bring workers to a battered post-war Britain but many struggled to build a new life here.
“Back in the 60s, I applied for an Indian passport,” she remembered protesting the nation’s behaviour at that time.