Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Modern Myth

Romanian hordes
To look at most newspapers towards the end of 2013, you would have thought that Britain was living out its last days of civilisation. On 1 January, when immigration rules finally allowed Romanians and Bulgarians to live and work in the UK like other EU citizens, we were assured by the Mail and others that a "new wave of migrants" would swamp the country's labour market and public services. Yet the first plane to arrive from Romania on 1 January contained only a handful of people coming to the UK for the first time. One of them, Victor Spirescu, was mobbed at Luton airport by journalists and MPs, who soon discovered that he had a job lined up and had never even heard of the NHS.

In May, it was announced that the number of Bulgarians and Romanians who arrived in the first three months of the year had actually fallen by 4,000 since the last quarter of 2013. No vampire attacks have so far been reported either.

From "Black-eyed ghosts and giant mutant rats: the scare stories that nearly destroyed Britain in 2014" by Leo Benedictus, The Guardian, December 30, 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/dec/30/black-eyed-ghosts-killer-cats-terrifying-nearly-brought-britain-to-knees

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