Clearly there is fact and paranoid fantasy, but when the mass media run certain stories…
Story about two foreigners from Romania and how the benefit-scrounging bums broke in to someone’s home and started squatting. Gypsies have been targeted in recent years as an example of chaotic developments. The UKIP recently made spectactular gains in local elections in England, trumping the Tories in particular. Out of control immigration cited foremost among voters as a concern.
Some headlines from the tabloids about the couple:
No comments allowed on the BBC website, but other newspapers reported the following reactions from readers:
The Daily Mail Comments (162)
Britain is becoming the welfare country to the world. Why wasn’t these Romanians deported? – Sue, England, UK, 22/3/2010 15:34 Rubbish, it’s the Romanians and other Eastern Europeans that do your country’s work, the hard stuff that you lazy Britons are too beneath to do.
They should be deported, no argument, and no return. It should be mandatory.
now if we ever needed an excuse to rid this country of labour and its policy of open arms to all immigrants this is it
The “Best Rated” – not sure if the paper makes this assessment or the readers.
Journalist - Newsweek, Gothamist, City Limits, The Villager, etc. Tracking the rise of nationalist movements in Europe since the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.