The time has come for the Romanians in the United Kingdom to say stop! We have followed for a long time now the declarations full of ridicule you made with in regards to our community in the UK, and we believe that we have heard enough, maybe even too much! We cannot go on like this, it is humiliating!
I would like to mention something here – Romania is one country, Bulgaria is a different one. We are not a family, we are different, we absolutely do not want to be lumped together as a “wholesale” in any public discourse made by the political representatives of your country.
When I look at the present general panorama in the UK, I see clearly an identical situation to that through which I have gone in 2007-2008, when I used to live in Italy. Silvio Berlusconi won an important swathe of the electorate by blaming the Romanians for anything and everything – we were the scapegoats for all the grave state issues they had at the time, both economic and political. It did not matter that, in their majority, the voters who elected Berlusconi were older and with a limited vision. Berlusconi was successful! This is how the whole of Italy got to accuse Romania and its citizens of the most absurd, aberrant and abject situations – although reality was so remote from it. We did not show attitude at the time; the Romanians just swallowed a lump in their throat, and lowered their heads. But now, that situation will no longer be repeated!
I believe that it is time for you to apologise to your own citizens for the shocking things you have publicly declared in the press this past year. The British people do not deserve to be manipulated in such manner. Because you are a country with high expectations of civilization and behavior, we are waiting for you to apologise to the Romanian people, but also to the British people whom you have lied to, panicked, and made bitter for nothing. No, we are not going to invade the United Kingdom, rest assured!
The subject of government hand-outs for which the Romanians would come to the UK is perhaps the most unsuitable affirmation; the statistics, as you well know, say something completely different about the Romanian community. We are a young community, with an appetite for work. Why would we come to the UK for state hand-outs, given that we could sit relaxed in our country, and nobody would slander and disregard us? We chose to leave Romania in order to make better earnings and to continue our studies, we are free to travel, this is a right! Those who commit mistakes on the territory of this country, be they Romanians or not, are people who, in general, do not show any respect for the law anyway; they must be punished accordingly: Romanians, other citizens from Europe or even further afield – irrespective of their nationality.
This campaign of denigration against the Romanians can only upset us and bring to the surface all that is worst in people. If you had the goodwill to know us better, you might understand more about a country of which you talk without knowing the subject, and whose people are absolutely delightful, in normal conditions. Enough with the pressures and tensions; is it not more useful to live harmoniously together, to develop together and to cooperate efficiently? How many Romanians do you know, besides the Romanian officials? I would like to present to you, enclosed, the magazine ROMANIA IN CONTACT – the only publication that sheds light on the stories of successful Romanians around the world. You will find inside just a part of the excellent people about whom the UK media does not write, as they “are not newsworthy”. I meet them every day, we are proud of them! They do absolutely wonderful things in this country they reside in!
As a proof of the fact that we have good intentions and we wish to know each other better, the team of ROMANIA IN CONTACT invites you to a dialogue, in a public interview with open, transparent and documented questions. We are waiting for you to make room in your already full agenda for one hour of face-to-face discussions. Show that you care! Thank you.
Editorial Director ROMANIA IN CONTACT magazine