Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent.
Britain is in the Orwellian middle not of a Two-Minute Hate, but a Two-Year Hate
This may surprise alarmed observers in Sofia and Bucharest – or even in Westminster. But one of the best-loved British books of 2013 takes the form of a fervent and heartfelt tribute to the peoples of Bulgaria and Romania.
War hero, writer and traveller Patrick Leigh Fermor died in 2011 before he could publish the third volume of memoirs about his “Great Trudge” though Europe in the mid-1930s.
joppy - 2 Jan 2014 // 14:23:22
@grzx10 Nobody needs your money, the only reason why your money is worth anything is because you force other to accept it as a trading currency, otherwise people would trade stock with stock, i.e. Iraq gives us oil, we give them food no fiat currency transaction. Why would anyone need the money of a nation with 300% of its GDP being debt, you need more than we do
The more you talk the more I understand how young you are
@Tania Oz, Capitalism is a system which inspires greed, the notion of profit over all, and in the context of globalization it is a system which is naturally designed to benefit a few (the Westerners) and exploit the others. Of course when people are motivated by money they don't care about the people or the country.
Of course most of the blame falls on the Bulgarian Mafia politicians, that cannot be denied. However the Westerners themselves are partially guilty, for giving support for these politicians (and similar politicians such as Boris Yeltsin) and congratulating them on their "liberation reforms" which were "to bring progress and move Bulgaria away from its Soviet Communist past", more so they even justified their policies "as absolutely necessary for the economy", claiming "there is no other alternative". Partially they were right that there would be no other alternative, if we didn't sell all our assets to them they would isolate us, cast our leaders (lets say they weren't sellouts like the current Mafia or like Boris Yeltsin) as tyrannical dictators like they did with Belarus, North Korean, Cuba, compare to those countries we could possibly say we are relatively well off, or we could have even ended up worse, just apply the Kosovo-scenario to Bulgaria and replace Albanians with Turks and you get the idea. Now of course this may sound a tad-bit like a conspiracy but all you need to do is look at the reality, leaders which refuse to sell out their nation to the West, leaders such as Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko, Victor Yanukovich, Serzh Sargsyan, etc. are constantly criticized and get wild accusations of totalitarianism and dictatorship and even bully tactics (as the case with Putin) thrown at them, whereas sell out leaders such as the Bulgarian and Romania Mafia bosses, Yulia Tymoshenko, Mikhail Sakaashvilli are congratulated on their reform policies which bring their respective countries "closer to the democratic European family, moving away from Russian dictatorship", yet when they enter this family they become victims of negative PR war against them, trying to extend restrictions even though they forget that they are the ones who "rushed to take us in before Russia takes us back".
joppy, "The reality of Bulgaria today is the reality of a failed Capitalist system." Yes that's right to a point, but only because the Commie Elites that ruled, are the same people that became the Capitalists after the "transition" and rewarded themselves through the privatisation of Bulgarian State assets. How else do you explain that so many became instant millionaires in Bulgaria? It is not that Capitalism has ruined Bulgaria, it is because a pack of ruling and superior hyenas picked off and devoured anything they wanted in their privilleged positions and left all the "serfs" for dead. It was not an even ballpark by any means. Don't blame Capitalism instead a greedy bunch of self-serving unscrupulous villains. You should look at the type of people that have "served" the nation and those that have been in charge after 89/90. That's the real problem in how the "transition" transpired.
@grzx10 Nobody needs your money, the only reason why your money is worth anything is because you force other to accept it as a trading currency, otherwise people would trade stock with stock, i.e. Iraq gives us oil, we give them food no fiat currency transaction. Why would anyone need the money of a nation with 300% of its GDP being debt, you need more than we do.
@bogomil The reality of Bulgaria today is the reality of a failed Capitalist system. Capitalism on the global stage equates to Imperialism, it benefits a few which can exploit other countries resources without paying a dime, but it doesn't benefit everyone else, the exact opposite actually. Of course those living at the top of the Empire will be opposed to Communism because it takes away the resources from the empire and gives them to the people.
*literary editor of the Independent labeling people as The Peoples*...
The (mostly English) EU tirade against The Peoples of Ro & bg continues, but many of us know that the real concern is the Roma; the Rum, the tsigani.
Prior to 1990's entry into cut-throat Capitalism, Bulgaria's Roma enjoyed an 85% employment rate, as did Romania's.
The EU ( England ) might be puzzled by the modern Theory of Roma Capitalism, which doesn't recognize an individual's ownership of private property. For example, any one of England's very expensive privatised rail lines might be surprised to learn that their system was shut down not because of a technical glitch, but because a group of Roma free-marketeers had 'liberated' the networks' cables to sell as scrap metal.
As for the non-Roma Peoples of Ro & Bg, many of us are aware that they are all slimmer & smarter than their northern European (England) counterparts. The women are strong; the men are good-looking !
YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND .
I am BULGARIAN , NOBODY SUFFER LIKE A BULGARIAN , NOBODY FEEL LIKE LIKE A BULGARIAN .
YOU ARE RICH , YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND .
YOU SHOULD GIVE ME MONEY BECOUSE I AM BULGARIAN .
EVERYTHING IS EASY FOR YOU .
BECOUSE YOU ARE FORIGNER.
FOR US EVERYTHING IS HARD .
FOR YOU EVERTHING IS EASY BECOUSE YOU ARE NOT BULGARIAN not AND SUFFER LIKE A BULGARIAN .
JUST GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY TODAY AND WHEN I SPEND IT ..
I WILL BLAME YOU TOMMOROW WHY I DO NOT HAVE ANY !!!!
Two VERY big "IFs" there, John! The Roma don't want to integrate: in their view, and that of the PC Brigade, it is WE who should change to accommodate their flouting of laws and normal social rules. Don't worry, you'll soon get the hang of more muggers, pickpockets, burglars, beggars, prostitutes and scoundrels of every other variety on your streets while the NIMBY Champagne Socialists in the UK and Brussels will explain that their crimes are actually YOUR fault for "oppressing" them.
As for the huge number of "unemployed" in the UK, maybe it's time to get the Too Fat/Lazy To Work battalions off their backsides and back into employment. A few months of "No Work, No Dole" will soon get them slimmer, fitter and more motivated. The UK has way too many spurious "disabled" and downright indolent people just riding on the backs of those who are working while explaining that stealing from the taxpayer is okay because it's only a "few" thousand pounds a head per year.....
I'm not defending UK politicians but if Bulgaria had a higher standard of living and the Roma were integrated into society then who would want to leave.
The fact that the UK has 2.5million unemployed and a housing shortage maybe due to the morally bankrupt politicians but it is still a fact. Talk about xenophobia and Nazi Germany when it's more about trying to buy a house and get a job is the reason there is never a serious discussion about immigration.
But we're all so stupid that we put all the blame on immigrants we don't have a wider view of the world or any other issues.
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