Perhaps I chose my words poorly several posts back, but the essence of what I was attempting to say remains true. Being brilliant at your job and being capable of doing wonderfully in similar jobs in the UK is not enough to get you a visa. That is just how things are. It doesn't matter if the OP is the best living history interpreter in the world, if the employer is not able to sponsor a visa or if someone else can do the job adequately, she won't be hired. If I could be forgiven for using myself as an example again, I have the highest qualification in my field from one of the most highly regarded institutions in the UK, but if I didn't have leave to remain based on marriage to a British citizen, I wouldn't have been hired for my job. My employer isn't a Tier 2 sponsor, and the job doesn't pay enough to meet the requirements. No way around it.
It's possible to sympathise with people who want to move to the UK and are foiled by the giant brick wall that is the immigration rules without telling them things that are patently untrue. "Fighting in the corner of the immigrant" in my book is helping them to understand what the rules are and what they would need to do to meet them, not telling them they can do something they can't. If Helena manages to get a visa to do something she's well-qualified to do then I will tip my hat to her as someone who has succeeded against immense odds. But I don't think she will. Not because of any failing of hers, but because the rules have been carefully designed to prevent it.
Sonofasailor, you and I disagree on many points, but I have always admired the calm and reasonable way you make your arguments
. I hope we can agree to disagree here and call it a day.