Why not Britain?

This message is in English, because it’s far easier to reach the British people like this. Sure, it has the shortcomings of being American English, but I’m pretty sure they’re able to understand it. This is just a public denunciation of what I admired for too long, and which disappointed me too much.

There is this whole hysteria around Romanians and Bulgarians ready to invade Great Britain. And, to be completely honest, I’m sick of it, and I started despising the British for it. For a long time, London felt to me like ‘The Universal City’ – beating New York to the crown of the city of all cities. I grew up with an idealized view of the British Empire, and I always admired its civilizing force.

As a Romanian I lead a good life. I don’t really like to brag about it, and I do it only for you to know that I’m not here to beg for your welfare. I don’t live from paycheck to paycheck, and I can enjoy the finer things Romania has to offer, however little or much that might mean. I contribute to the society I live in more than I take from it – I’m basically one of the workhorses of the Romanian economy; I bring in more than I take out. And I would be pretty much the same in any economy of the developed world, be it Britain or any other Western country. I didn’t need the 2014 border opening to move in. Emigration would not be a necessity for me, it would be a choice, and I would have an above average status wherever I would chose to settle.

Alas, that place won’t be Britain for certain. The recent hypocritical hysteria surrounding us, Romanians, made me despise the idea of ever emigrating to Great Britain. While I wouldn’t have been protesting in London about the availability of alcohol, and I would’ve adopted the British values and way of life the second I stepped out of that plane (since, coincidentally, common sense is among my values), I could never take on the stupidity and the hysterical xenophobia regarding my people and my neighbors, the Bulgarians.

So yes, Britain, this is my protest. I will despise you in silence. I will boycott your products in silence as well; there’s no need to make a fuss about you being stupid. You insulted me and you never knew me, and I don’t take insults that easily. You pointed your finger towards me, and I always admired you. You shamed me publicly and I thought you were the civilized ones; I’m deeply sorry to see you turn your back on me in such a generic way.

And I know it’s not your citizens that actually hate me. It’s your newspapers, and your politicians. Britain, fire them, and we’ll be fine again. They practice xenophobia, a thing that you, individually, as a citizen, are taught it is a bad thing. I’m white, therefore your politicians and your newspapers don’t recognize the xenophobia that applies to me. I guess it would’ve been easier if I called it racism, because that would trigger tons of demagogy in both newspapers and politicians. But it’s plain stupidity, and that is permitted by law.

So, Britain, until you apologize for the hysteria, you’re off my list of civilized countries. Your forebearers were wiser, and they built a country (an empire, even) that I admired. But you’re not that anymore. You’re just some spoiled brats, cashing in the efforts of your grandparents. You’re not the great country you once were, you’re not the civilizing force you once were. You’re the has-beens.

20 Replies to “Why not Britain?”

  1. Vlad

    That’s the irony – their knee jerk reaction will likely do nothing to prevent the arrival of the undesirables, and it will put off the desirable element.

  2. Mircea

    I hate Brits, Germans and all the other nations that benefit from our intelligence. Most of our brilliant graduates leave the country, the best doctors, construction workers and IT engineers left as well. They forget about this aspect. They don’t care if we go to the hospital we get “treated” by below average healthcare personell because the best ones are long gone.
    I equally hate us, especially our politicians, for not being able to do anything to prevent this migration. EU preaches equity and other bullshit ideologies, but there are no such things. It’s the survival of the strongest, the weeker ones always loose.
    Dorin, yes, we are still here, some of us perhaps with the desire to give an example, but don’t forget we all work in companies that are owned by Brits, Germans, French… There is no profit for us, therefore not much chance for real accelerated economical growth. It just gives the State some taxes that allowes him to survive. And it keeps us somehow satisfied and under control with above average wages.

  3. VOC

    Yeah, those brilliant graduates were kidnapped on the streets by foreign secret services and forced to work as slaves in the UK, Germany and France.

  4. Dorin Lazăr

    As long as freedom drives those brilliant people, that’s fine. 🙂 It’s even better, because they will prosper there, and get back home.

    Really, EU is the other way around. Right now, it’s about the survival of the weakest. Including Romania.

  5. VOC

    Most of them will not get back home though. Once you had children and sent them to school in your adoptive country it’s almost impossible to move back if you’re a responsible parent as those brilliant people probably are (they wouldn’t be brilliant otherwise).

  6. Mircea

    No, I’d still say it’s survival of the strongest. Don’t believe that life in western countries is necessarily easier and they don’t have to do anything to keep going.
    Whatever… I always say: “oamenii, oglinda unei tari”.
    VOC, it kinda shows that you are long gone. I don’t judge you, I don’t judge anybody. We are all free to do what’s best for us. But I still wish/dream a better life for those who decided to stay.

  7. VOC

    I don’t hope. I prefer to plan and act upon those plans. Hope is expecting something to happen in spite of evidence to the contrary (you don’t normally hope you’re going to wake up in the morning, you pretty much know from experience it’s going to happen; but you do hope you’re going to pass an exam when you didn’t study at all).

  8. Mircea

    Did I said somewhere about hope?
    As always, diverting from the actual topic, putting words in my mouth. So typical.
    I’m quite realistic, don’t worry. Wishing/dreaming for something means to have a goal, a target. Goals are reached with actions derived from a “plan”, I agree.
    Did I say I just sit and hope and pray for something to happen? I do my part, Dorin does it as mentioned in his post, others do it, we try our best. Do you?
    You see, we cannot change just a few of us things overnight, but we can contribute. It’s a “team” effort. If all leave, if the best ones leave, what chances do we have? How can you reach the goals of a “project” without (high performing) resources?

  9. VOC


    Hope also has a target. You hope for something. You’re saying you plan for those that decided to stay to have a better life? How exactly does that plan look like? How does your paying taxes make their life better? A better plan that paying taxes would be to become prime minister, but that is a long shot. At least it would be something to work towards.

    No, you don’t plan that Romania will have a standard of living comparable to the west 10 years from now. You hope against evidence. Things do gradually improve in Romania, yes, but the gap is significant (not only in terms of economy, but in other areas as well) and you personally don’t have any influence over it so any plan would be a delusion.

  10. Mircea

    Here we go again, obsession for semantics. Cut me some slack.
    I think we are on a different page because my personal living standard is not the one you aim for and vice versa.
    One thing is for sure: giving up, being a coward, is not the right attitude, regardless the context.

  11. VOC

    It is usually a good thing to establish exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not about obsession, it’s about practicality. Otherwise we could have a loooong discussion about different things. Also, it’s a common strategy for someone who’s on loose ground in a discussion to try to divert it in another direction. Like, for example, how you’re now talking about your standard of living or my standard of living when we were actually discussing about the standard of living of those brilliant gentlemen/ladies who are leaving Romania. Also, I didn’t say anything about quitting, quite the opposite.

  12. Mircea

    That’s because you took things later on a personal level: “I don’t hope”, “I prefer to”.
    I didn’t say you quit. Read the sentence, it’s a personal opinion, no particular reference to a certain person.
    And I don’t feel I’m on loose ground, I strongly believe I know what I’m talking about.

  13. VOC

    I didn’t bring it to a personal level, you were the one talking about your wish/dream (but, of course, not hope). The thing is, that’s utterly irelevant. Just because we were expressing our personal opinions (as you often do in a conversation) it doesn’t mean we were talking about our own expectations about the standard of living. We were talking about the fine people’s standard of living which you wish/dream to see changed. What you or I consider a good standard of living has exactly zero bearing on a doctor’s decision to emigrate. That’s why I said you were sidetracking the conversation and that’s why I consider focus to be important.

    But anyway, I’m tired of this meta-discussion so I’m out. I have things to do this afternoon. Have a nice day and good luck with your plan.

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