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Commenting article: Open Letter to UKIP's Nigel Farage on Insulting Bulgarians

Dear Mr Farage,

I read with great interest the open letter to you of Ralitsa Behar, a Bulgarian woman whom having studied in the UK has now returned to her home country. I wish to inform you that as a British man living in Bulgaria I must strongly disagree with her. I do not disagree in any way with her comments and statements and totally support her. But I must disagree with Ralitsa on one fundamental point that she raises - Ralitsa openly invites you to come to Bulgaria and to meet with her and her family. I write to ask you not to come. Personally as a British man I find you remarks so offensive that I would have you stopped at the border. Sadly under European Law I can no longer have you shot in front of your family!

The UK has 78 representatives in the European parliament. UKIP itself has 11 MEPs in the European Parliament. One of which, Roger Helmer was elected as a Conservative MEP but defected to UKIP in March 2012. If we wish to talk about representative percentages, UKIP only has the electoral support of 7.8 percent of British opinion. If we take into consideration the dishonest election of Roher Helmer, call it 'corrupt' shall we? A word you like to use in reference to the Bulgarian Parliament - then of that 7.8% of UKIP representation 0.90% are dishonest (That's one in ten as near as damn it.)

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Roland Morris - 14 Mar 2013 // 21:11:11

I 100% agree with the sentiment expressed in this article/open letter.
I live in the UK but have had business in BG for 13 years. The sad truth is that the British public are fed this xenophobic nonsense on a daily basis and now believe their own haughty paranoia. I am ashamed by it and will be moving permanently to BG very soon. Great country, lovely people struggling through a deep recession; they don't need this insulting behaviour.
Great Britain? What is so Great about it?

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miss bunny - 15 Mar 2013 // 11:59:38

I dont care where the immigrants are coming from, we dont want more. You are wrong re UKIP and Nigel they are not racist, they do however care about this country and recognise we are FULL. I am glad you live in Bulgaria as you would not be an asset to this country.

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Individual_26 - 21 Mar 2013 // 14:04:59

Miss Bunny, UKIP is playing with people’s nationalistic feelings. No one is arguing with you weather a country should have specific immigration plans in place. What the Bulgarian public is not happy about is discrimination. You cannot set one rule for one nation and another rule for others and all based on their nationality. Plus, why does UKIP keep saying that migrants take advantage of the welfare and healthcare systems? A lot of migrants in Britain work hard and contribute directly to the net economy, including Bulgarian immigrants! Why are you not concentrating and speaking about the social and health systems themselves and how to make them better so no one ( British and immigrants) takes advantage of them? Also are you saying that British people do not take advantage of these systems while immigrants are doing the jobs no one wants and are paying their taxes?

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Individual_26 - 21 Mar 2013 // 14:07:35

Last, read this point by point and start thinking before speaking! http://prismheart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/an-open-letter-to-mr-farage-in-response.html

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miss bunny - 21 Mar 2013 // 19:37:58

There may well be genuine pple from your country coming here to work , regardless of where they are coming from, we have unemployment as well as a housing shortage, our hos are in freefall as is our schools, and yes, I do think the nationals should come first, they after all are the ones who have paid into the system for many years and they are the ones that are suffering because of mass immigration. I have not met any one from romanian but I have been in shops and watched while a group of romanian gypsies were stealing, in fact twice to-day, in two different shops, they were asked to leave. I dont need UKIP or anyone else to tell me what I want and dont want and I dont want anymore immigrants coming here regardless of where they are from.

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Roland Morris - 21 Mar 2013 // 19:52:14

" in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"

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Individual_26 - 21 Mar 2013 // 19:58:37

Miss Bunny, that is fair enough and I repeat that every country should have proper and fair immigration laws in place and no one is arguing with that. What UKIP is doing is singling out and targeting specific nations which is extremely discriminatory and against basic human rights. It's is the same if tomorrow France states that only UK nationals cannot live in their country. This would be ridiculous wouldn't it? Plus you cannot say that only Romanian gypsies steal - that is not the case as on the news we see that all kinds of people are criminals like British, Indian, American, etc nationals. Making presumptions on a group of people based on their race, ethnicity or nationality is very backwards ( and history has showed us that we should not do that). If you are not happy with immigration laws in the UK speak to your local MP about it but make sure that these laws are the same for everyone regardless of their race, ethnicity or nationality. UKIP is not doing that - they are just using scare tactics to get votes of people like you who want a better life for their families. And last, I would repeat that Romanians and Bulgarians have been able to come to UK and live here since 2007 so if anyone wanted to do that they have already probably done so. The change in the law in 2014 affects only the fact that these two nations can now work also as employees( which is beneficial to UK as taxes are taken directly from the payslips)- they have been able to work as self employed or highly qualified workers since 2007 . The Crisis is frustrating for everyone but that doesn't mean we should just scrap off and put in the corner those who cannot speak for themselves.

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miss bunny - 21 Mar 2013 // 21:47:04

MASS immigration is the problem, we have always welcomed foreign workers, but, enough is enough, our welfare state cannot sustain it, and our own nationals are the sufferers, ie, Bedroom tax, unable to get help with disabilities, this also affects our armed forces, injured whilst fighting for their country, higher utility bills because we need more energy, our eco footprint is to high because we have millions more pple. the list goes on.

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Thenonymous - 21 Mar 2013 // 22:13:13

MASS immigration is the problem, we have always welcomed foreign workers, unless they are Bulgarian or Romanian...

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miss bunny - 21 Mar 2013 // 23:29:18

NO! we welcomed foreign workers in acceptable numbers,mass immigration is NOT acceptable numbers, because, it infringes on our nations culture etc, this is ALL nationalities not just Europeans, I thought I had made that quite clear.

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DP - 22 Mar 2013 // 01:37:51

"NO! we welcomed foreign workers in acceptable numbers,mass immigration is NOT acceptable numbers, because, it infringes on our nations culture etc, this is ALL nationalities not just Europeans, I thought I had made that quite clear."

miss bunny,

The Bulgarians, Rumanians and the rest of the people from Eastern Europe weren’t part of your problem until the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

Actually your problem with MASS emigration started before that and stems from your Imperialistic past. All those citizens from your past colonies in Asia and Africa started moving to Britain and you couldn’t do anything about it because they carried British Passports.

For a while you did not complained too much because you had the option to move to Canada, Australia and other former colonies, but then you lost your privileged status there and now you are stuck with a bad economy and looking for somebody to blame for your failures...

Makes sense, no? :-)

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miss bunny - 22 Mar 2013 // 11:23:03

No it doesn't, you are talking acceptable numbers back then NOT mass immigration on the scale we have now. they were hard working people and were an asset to this country. As for the British Passport, this clearly states that it is the property of HM the Queen and can be withdrawn at any time.

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miss bunny - 22 Mar 2013 // 11:26:32

By the way, we didn't lose the privilege to go to Australia, Canada, new Zealand etc, it was the commonwealth, which later governments decided to drop because they wanted in on the EU, A lot of Brits did not agree with this,.

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DP - 22 Mar 2013 // 16:27:20

“By the way, we didn't lose the privilege to go to Australia, Canada, new Zealand etc, it was the commonwealth, which later governments decided to drop because they wanted in on the EU, A lot of Brits did not agree with this,”

“As for the British Passport, this clearly states that it is the property of HM the Queen and can be withdrawn at any time.”

miss bunny,

It looks like you have no idea about British history, the Commonwealth, state governance, etc...Also it is clear that you do not pay attention to the words people use. As a matter of fact you sound hysterical.

The Commonwealth exists. It was never dropped. Australia, Canada, New Zealand have nothing to do with Britain entering the EU. And I used the term “privileged status”, not “right to go” to any of those countries.

I was referring to the fact that Brits had a “privileged status” in that that they had all the privileges (participate in Canadian elections etc.) without the need of Canadian citizenship. This had changed (Trudeau took care of that, lol) and now Brits have no special rights in Canada. They have to line up and wait for immigrants’ visa as anyone else, and then wait another three years for a citizenship, like anyone else, too...

As for the British Passports—yes, the Queen can withdraw anybody’s passport, including yours (in case you have one) but the point which seems to escape you is that those people that migrated from the colonies were citizens to the same country you are now (I am assuming that you are British). As such their passports were as safe as is yours (the King and Queens of Britain usually do not bother with Passports and such “trivia”....lol

Btw, she is still a figure head to the contries of the Commonwealth. She is well liked in Canada and her image is on the Canadian dollar... Australians are not so keen on keeping her though...;-)

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Individual_26 - 22 Mar 2013 // 16:44:00

Just to add to the last comment- unfortunately it is very easy for parties like UKIP ( there is one or more like that in every country!) to manipulate people in times of crisis, especially when they do not have the full picture ( historically and current affairs). My appeal is to all British people ( to all people in general I guess) - please do not jump on the political wagon before you are fully informed and know the situation. If you do not know anything about Bulgarian migration in the first place and migration in general in the UK why do you make conclusions? Inform yourself and then make strong statements like " We do not want immigrants!".

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