Cameron to Tusk: I Stand by My Comments about Poles
British leader David Cameron has rejected Polish prime minister Donald Tusk's criticism over a comment about Poles who work in Britain and claim UK child benefits for their families back home.
Cameron's spokesman said it was "perfectly fair" for Cameron to mention Poles as they had moved to Britain in larger numbers than nationals from other new EU member states when they joined the bloc in 2004.
Cameron had said he thought it was wrong for Britain to be paying welfare benefits for children to Polish migrant workers to help support their families living back in Poland.
His spokesman said he stood by those comments, and that "a very considerable number" of other EU countries shared Cameron's concerns about the impact of migration on benefit systems.
At Tuesday's news conference, Tusk said his country would veto any changes to EU rules aimed at reducing welfare payments for any particular nationality rather than applying equally to citizens of all EU member states.
In an interview with BBC last weekend, Cameron said, "There are European countries who, like me, think it's wrong that someone from Poland who comes here and works hard — and I'm absolutely all in favor of that — but I don't think we should be paying child benefit to their family back at home."
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Absurd spin is put on this diplomatic raw.
Tusk was very rightly speaking against ubiquitous mob attacks perpetrated by the Government and amplified by the BBC against Polish minority living in the UK. Polish people were within their rights to claim the benefits and did not break any law. It is wrong of Cameron to incite hatred against Polish minority and blame them for faulty policies and blunders in many cases far predating 2004 and even 1972.
I am afraid that Cameron is not up to the job. His "proper " jobs were as head of PR for a TV company which failed, and chief speech writer to Chancellor Norman Lamont who was sacked for his "unemployment is a price worth paying" speech.
I suppose that the UK could add up all the benefits, healthcare, unpaid student loans, etc which UK taxpayers must pay for other EU nationals and their families at the moment and take it off the ?53million a day the UK pays into the EU. Maybe that would be fair
Child benefit in the UK is to help families with the cost of living.............in the UK. The thought of anybody (not just Poles) being able to claim this benefit for children living abroad seems quite wrong and that includes UK citizens ling in other countries who may still be paying UK tax! While the countries finances are under extreme pressure it is time for all aspects of government expenditure should come under scrutiny.
Central Europeans are right to stand for themselves. Poles are the only minority Cameron can attack without racism.
He does these things to make headlines in Ruper Murdoch's Daily Mail, a far right paper. That doesn't change the fact that the conservatives loose support daily... and it's actually a good thing :) His policies are ridiculous.
There are no thinking Brits who support Cameron. He is impotent. If not Ed Milliband, we would have a major war in Syria. I wish Britain could see one day that it can actually be a leading EU country.