Turning on the right: the – bad – way for Johnson and Farage to surpass Cameron

After David Cameron’s words about Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants, other members of Conservative Party and UKIP followed the crowd. Among them, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, not less solicitous to collect constituency requests.

Mr Cameron‘s plan has been made clear by BBC News. No more immediate housing and out-of-work benefits, and quadrupled fines for employers who do not pay the minimal wage; but also barbaric measures, as the one determining that the payment of benefits stops after six months for immigrants having no genuine chance of finding a job, and deportation for those caught begging or sleeping rough. A system thought in order to bring United Kingdom back to what Germany was before Schröder‘s labour market reform. It was 2003 and German Chancellor aimed to make his country free from the need to accept the most terrible works. They had had to before, because of the threat of losing their benefits after refusing jobs proposed by social services.

A system to avoid the use of governmental funds with no care of other applicants needing them. On the other hand, a system answering to the visceral instinct felt by a part of society: the one linking work and ethics. Protestantism in its most cynical  sneer, but made fair because fair the society is where it puts down roots. In Uk, control will be “not just aimed at Romanians and Bulgarians” but will apply to “anyone in other EU countries thinking of coming to Britain because it is easier to claim benefits”, as Mr Cameron said. The State never lies, steals or uses violence. Obviously, there is no link between Cameron’s choice and the fact that he had to calm down his own party after David Blunkett suggested that riots are likely to take place in case of a heavy Roma migrations. There is no reason why Steven Erlanger should have written on New York Times that:

“Responding to political pressure from his right and public fears about an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians early next year, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said on Wednesday that he would restrict state benefits for European Union migrants, including a ban on housing subsidies for new arrivals and sharp limits on unemployment compensation”.

There is a quite disturbing change from Cameron’s discourse in Ipswich (25th March 2013) to the one in New Delhi (14th November 2013). However, hating Romanians is fashionable all around Europe. Consequently, the PM knows how much losing such a trend could be dangerous in terms of votes: other politicians have already taken advantage of such a mine of consensus. First – and obvious – Nigel Farage and his party, UKIP. You need “gut” to restrict access to immigrants: that is the deep and learned thought expressed by Mr Farage. What an effort, attacking one of the smallest community in the UK (160.000, while Indians are 442.000 and Pakistani and Bangladeshi 292.000)! A vision of the immigration from Eastern Europe ridiculed by Mumtaz Lalani on The Guardian: European immigrants are less likely to claim benefits than Britons and other migrant groups.

Nevertheless, Boris Johnson joined the group, as a good rascal boy-scout. Concerned about immigration, or more likely interested in gaining a good position in Tory party, he immediately asked for clear data about expected influxes from the area. That is not possible, but once you make public your concern, everybody will feel less safe.

As shown in Figure 1, Great Britain is far from being the favorite place for Romanians living abroad. On the other hand, this is not a problem. The problem is the one underlined by Francesco Piccinini while speaking about Mr Berlusconi. As Berlusconi did, Mr Cameron, Johnson and Farage were “afraid of modernity and transmitted this fear to Italy [UK]”. They “isolated Italian [British] people who cannot afford to travel abroad […]”. They “frightened them with the different”, they “made them be racist”, they “encouraged them to stay ignorant”. Why? Because “the lure of despots is always the same: sell what you have now and I will prepare for you Heaven on Earth”, as Jerry Bowyer wrote. Take panem et circenes, but let me control everything. That was the deal when Caesar destroyed Republic:

“During the glorious days of Roman Republic, law was more important than kings […]. This changed with the arrival of Caesar, who promised great prosperity, wider privileges, panem (welfarism) et circenses (violent entertainment). Romans only had to make over something: Republic. This kind of lust only works with a peculiar kind of people: the ungrateful”.

Who are you?

Country Population
Italy 997000
Spain 798104
Germany 300000
United Kingdom 101000
Austria 75000
France 50000
Fig. 1: Romanians in EU
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_diaspora)

Jon Curnow
Euro Realist Newsletter/Flickr

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