Blame the EU; not the Romanians and Bulgarians as immigration restrictions lifted today

Romanians and Bulgarians will probably flood into the UK as today they are allowed totally free immigration. But don't blame them. Blame the deep integrationist EU which imposed the policy in the first place; and blame us for signing up to it

Bran Castle, Romania. But Dracula went to Brussels, not London
the commentator
On 1 January 2014 09:22

It's all over the British media. The newspapers are full of it. Sky NEWS is featuring it as a top story. The BBC too. For today is the day that Romanians and Bulgarians get to walk through British customs and immigration, and then take up residence, work and, yes, ultimately, state benefits, without so much as a "by your leave".

The politically correct media (which is most of it in Britain) is desperate to say that it's all a storm in a tea cup, and that talk of mass migration from these countries is either "scaremongering" or downright "racist".

As with most of the muddle-headedness of political correctness, that "analysis" is wrong on every count, and misses the most significant point anyway.

Most importantly, it's not the fault of Romanians and Bulgarians, whose wages are commonly about a quarter of the average in the UK, that they would seek for themselves and their families a better life in a country which also speaks (and invented) the international language.

We'd do it. Why shouldn't they? Past precedent from the millions who came into Britain since the borders were opened to the new, formerly communist members of the EU in the middle of the last decade suggests the pattern will continue.

And Romania, with a population of around 20 million, is by a wide margin, after Poland, the most populous country in central and eastern Europe. Bulgaria's population is around 7 million. They're going to come; and in large numbers too.

But again, don't blame them. We, at The Commentator have a special sense of awe and affection for what the post-communist countries have achieved in the nearly quarter century since the Soviet Empire in Europe fell to pieces. Our owner lived there, on and off, for two decades and has friends and family across the region.

You can expect a pretty brutal response from him if you start denigrating the peoples of central and eastern Europe, Romanians and Bulgarians included.

But the real culprit here is the deep integrationist project that the profoundly anti-democratic (we prefer the term neo-authoritarian) European Union has become.

Britons never had any problem with Romanians or Bulgarians before this muddle-headed policy of totally unlimited immigration was talked about. It is purely because the EU fantasises about us all becoming a single European people, and has forced upon us a policy corresponding to that delusion, that completely avoidable national enmities have now arisen.

Many Western countries, Canada is a good example example, have "points systems" to control immigration. They want immigrants, as we do for the UK. But they want social cohesion, and they want to choose the kind of immigrants they get for the benefit of Canada. They look after their own people, their own interests. What a concept!

Most Poles living inside and outside Britain think we're mad to have allowed so many millions to come in to our country unchecked. Quite unfairly, they get blamed for abusing the NHS, or living off benefits. In reality, the stereotypical, born and bred, non-immigrant Brit is far more likely to do that than the Poles or any other national group from central and eastern Europe.

The problems have arisen due to sheer numbers, and the effects this has had on the labour and housing markets as well as on entire sections of towns and cities where locals who have lived there for decades feel that their localities have changed dramatically, and without their consent.

That is a mater of democracy, pure and simple. There's no point in complaining to the EU about that of course. They don't believe in the concept, as this story directly related to something that has also happened on January 1, 2014 conclusvely demonstrates.

But you can give a proverbial kick up the rear end to your local member of parliament if they refuse to do something about this crazy relationship with the European Union that caused the problem in the first place. Romania and Bulgaria didn't force us to sign up to these daft and damaging policies. It was our own politicians that did that.

Tell your MP you won't vote for him or her if they don't forge a new relationship with the EU -- immediately; not in three year's time -- whereby, among other things, we adopt a realistic, just and democratic immigration policy of the kind described above that operates in Canada.

And if sanity does not prevail, then the UKIP option will be the only sensible one to choose. We'll just have to leave the European Union and put our national destiny back in the hands of the British people, where it rightfully belongs.

So, if you meet a Romanian or a Bulgarian today, shake their hands and wish them all the best. They've done nothing wrong, and they're great people besides. That's a heck of a lot more than you can say about the third-raters who currently run our lives from Brussels.

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