We Have A New Phobia, Folks!

Jake Bowers, the ‘Guardian’s Romany correspondent, on the expected Roma influx:

As January 2014 approaches and the anti-immigration lobby warns of the arrival of millions from Romania and Bulgaria, it’s essential that progressive politicians – and I’m assuming Blunkett considers himself one – understand why 200,000 Roma migrants have already fled poverty, persecution and discrimination to live in the relative comfort of British cities.

Whoops! Guess no-one told Nick Clegg. Wait, does he count?

Because the thing we lack most of all isn’t education, housing or even employment, it’s the rarest commodity of all – empathy. And until media and politicians truly understand what we are attempting to escape, Romaphobia will continue to blight lives.

Not as much as rubbish-strewn streets and crime, though…

10 comments for “We Have A New Phobia, Folks!

  1. November 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I must be a racist, because I don’t care where people are from, but if they are coming to the UK then they must be prepared to integrate.

    The Indians (from India, Uganda and Kenya) managed it and showed us the true spirit of hard work and entrepreneurialism in the 1970’s when they arrived with nothing and by the decades end had their own homes and businesses all through sacrifice and hard work.

    There was racism, but less so as we got to know them and our fears of them taking our jobs diminished.

    The problem with the Roma and immigrants from several of the ultra-muslim states is that they are not prepared to integrate and are only here to exploit our weakness and generosity.

    That is not Romaphobia as we are not afraid of them, it is anger at the violation of fair play (a very British characteristic) which even the Ugandan asians understood, emulated and admired.

    When they have to be told not to shit in the street you know there are problems in store.

    • November 23, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Sadly, these days, some natives have to be told not to do that! 🙄

  2. Tatty
    November 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Ah well the only way to confront a fear is head-on. With a baseball bat, if necessary.

    I’m sure there are plenty of people lined up willing, able and ready to prove they aren’t “afraid”.

    The Roma V Irish Traveller match is going to be one to watch.

  3. November 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Oh, that’s the problem is it? Ok then, let’s open our borders to the entire African and Asian continent. There must be a couple of billion people over there in need of British empathy and benefits.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    • November 23, 2013 at 7:36 am

      There are at least two CiF columns, on any given day, that argue just that. They do so unironically, though!

  4. November 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    And I forgot to add, you dont flee poverty, persecution and discrimination, you do something about it.

    What kind of an impact could 200,000 Romanians have had on their own country if they had stayed and organised?

    • Viscount Rectum
      November 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      I would suggest the 200,000 Romanians were in the main Roma, the Romanian non Roma will be gratefull to Britain and will breathe a sigh of relief on the 1-1-2014. instead of shitting in public there, they can do it here on an Englishmans doorstep, they can knock on the door and ask for paper to wipe his arse no doubt the Englishman will wipe it for him.

  5. MTG
    November 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Who among us could object to Germany, with its organisational experience in delousing, feeding and housing dependent new arrivals by the trainload, when it can process this multitude at Gemeinsam Frei Kampen?

  6. November 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    So that’s Romaphobia, Islamophobia and Gangstaphobia which need to be prevented. Perhaps the vaccines could be combined into a triple jab, but watch out for autism (“Aaargh! I can’t stand it any more!”) and bowel disease (crapping on the front step of No. 10).

  7. Viscount Rectum
    November 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Is there a conspiracy theory floating around here? someone may add Gordon Brown’s bogie- picking speach about New World Order and GWH Bush’s of the same, Common Purpose and the reptilian Cameron with his we have no defence against the invaders from the East.

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