UKIP’s bad-weather forecast
Let’ s put it into context: how did we get to this ottoman-invasion foresight? The ‘weather’ warning on Romanian immigrants in the UK was ushered more than a year ago by Nigel Farage, leader of the UKIP.
As the third popular party in Britain, The UK Independence Party is known for the euro-skeptical attitude. Mr. Farage supporters drive the crusade of 2017 referendum which would withdraw the monarchy island from the continental EU.
In the meantime, the leader of UKIP had several proposals in keeping his country away from European nomads. Such as a five-year ban on people coming to settle in Britain, after forecasting the flood and the ‘Romanian crime-wave‘ for 2014.
Also, Mr. Farage took some time researching the background of the largest country in the Balkans: apparently ‘Romanians live like animals‘ and they plan to move to ‘civilised countries’.
28 millions of Romanians and their south neighbours were expected to invade the monarchy island.
Should I just make a very, very simple calculus? According to the 2011 population census, Romania has only 19 million citizens, while Bulgaria has 7,3 millions. Sum it up, people! It’s no more than 26,3 million people invading Great Britain’s benefit system.
We might hire some immigrants, so we would keep up with your data or natality. Can you imagine both people, mothers, babies, grandparents, just rushing, stumbling over at the flooded-gates just to get in the UK? I rest my case!
The tabloid crusade
The Daily Express, a 520,000 circulation national tabloid, was one of the supporters. The publication drove a so-called ‘crusade’ against the fierce exodus of the Romanians and Bulgarians starting with January 2014. They setup an online petition. A very popular one.
Apparently, ‘a staggering 15,000 readers a day have been signing our petition calling on the Government to keep in place controls on Bulgarian and Romanian workers coming in the UK.’
It’s not clear if the petition worked, but in the Crusade Age of Tabloids, the UK ‘floodgates’ were hit by drought. Assumptions, political-misleadings and bad journalism – a storm with no raindrops.