A Romanian newspaper, Gandul, launched a stunning attack on Britain in the form of an advertising campaign. The campaign is a defensive response to what Romanians see as scaremongering by the UK government ahead of the lifting of EU work restrictions next year.
“The authorities, the press, and NGO’s such as Migration Watch are trying to build up the idea that Romanian and Bulgarian citizens will invade Great Britain, after the labor market and residency restrictions will be lifted,” Gandul said on its website.
“Without official figures or solid scientific research, the British are warning that hundreds of thousands of Romanian migrants are waiting to come to their country.”
“We are mocked, denigrated, and made to feel like third-class citizens,” stated Gandul editorial director Claudiu Pandaru.
The Gandul believes that the British are flattering themselves. The advert wonders why a Romanian would move to Britain when “half our women look like Kate; the other half look like her sister”.”
It also dismissed Britain as a country with “bad weather, no jobs, and no houses”.
The satirical campaign, entitled “Why don’t you come over?” also claims “Our draft beer is cheaper than your bottled water” and “We serve more food groups than pie, sausage, fish, and chips.”
The final insult came from the editor Pandru, “This is a humorous, good-mannered response. We want to show the British that we have two important reserves: intelligence and humor” he stated.
In the UK, figures show that almost one million Eastern Europeans have come to Britain over the past decade. The data from the 2011 census showed that Polish is now the second-most spoken language in the country. Romania and Bulgaria are the EU’s poorest nations.