Intellectuals Scorn UK Media for Anti-Bulgarian Campaign

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Intellectuals Scorn UK Media for Anti-Bulgarian Campaign: Intellectuals Scorn UK Media for Anti-Bulgarian Campaign The British Telegraph published an open letter of a group of British and Bulgarian intellectuals who feel outraged by the smear campaign against Bulgarian immigrants. File photo

An open letter signed by a group of British and Bulgarian intellectuals has been published by the British Telegraph in which the authors state they feel offended by the negative image of Bulgaria in recent publications.

The negative campaign against Bulgarians and Romanians is persisting in Old Albion over fears of huge influx of them after the opening the labor market at the beginning of 2014.

Below is the full text of the letter:

Bulgarians in Britain

SIR – As a counterpoint to the tide of ill-researched information about potential Bulgarian migration, we would like to draw attention to the significant contribution to society that those Bulgarians who already live here make.

They work as lawyers, bankers, accountants, doctors and nurses, dentists, lecturers, classical musicians, in travel, wine and retail businesses, and as builders, decorators and cleaners.

Most acquired their skills in Bulgaria by the Bulgarian education and training system. Britain has, therefore, benefited from talented, hard-working people without the expense of training them.

No research about the number of unskilled and unemployed Bulgarians who may travel to Britain in pursuit of benefits can be accurate.

To his surprise, on visiting the poorest Roma district of Sofia and telling people what advantages they would find on moving to Britain, Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, discovered they had no wish to leave.

Just as sensible-thinking British people would not wish to be known for binge-drinking and offensively promiscuous behaviour, so too, hard-working and intelligent Bulgarians neither wish, nor deserve, to be portrayed as a nation of pickpockets and scroungers.

Dr Annie Kay
Chairman, British-Bulgarian Society

Michael Holman
Emeritus Professor of Russian and Slavonic Studies, University of Leeds

Ivan Stancioff
Former Ambassador to the Court of St James's

Richard Crampton
Emeritus Fellow, St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Dr Sonia Rouve-Ouvalieva
President, Ouvaliev Foundation

John Chapman
Professor of European Prehistory, Durham University

Dr Bisserka Gaydarska
Department of Archaeology, Durham University

Professor Anthony Harding
Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter

Dr Emilia Knight

Ognian Avgarski
Founder, Balkania Travel

John Osborne
Senior Master (retired), Marlborough College

Venera Bojkova
Classical pianist

Dr Duncan Brown
Political historian

Dr Boika Sokolova
Professor of Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame in England

Professor Elliot Leader
Imperial College London

Dessislava Stefanova
Leader of London Bulgarian Choir

Mirella Koleva
Doctoral student

Dr Yana Proykova
Former Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Portsmouth

Margarit Todorov

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Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 22:03:32

This is just the type of Nazi ideological language we expect from Seedy, an advocate of the 'final solution' for anyone who doesnt fit his warped image of beer bellied, drunken, Brit xenophobes like him & his UKIP pals.

Seedy - 7 May 2013 // 20:08:21

As soon as my new seedlings start producing REAL organic chushki it'll be off to Belene for you, my genetically-modified peppery friend....

Chushki - 7 May 2013 // 18:36:27

Unfortunately, whilst the UK remains populated with rabid, Sun reading, uneducated right wing bigots enjoying a life on benefits like Seedy, this problem will remain.

madoods - 7 May 2013 // 13:20:27

I believe the uk does not want the same beggars and criminals that Bulgaria does not want and would be very glad to get rid of to countries like the UK

Mr. Pitkin - 6 May 2013 // 01:24:04

Rhodesian, that's a refreshing point of view unlike some of your countrymen.
It looks like not everything is perfect there, but where is it, and things seem to be getting better.
What is that you most miss from your homeland?

RHODESIAN - 3 May 2013 // 08:00:49

Could not have written this any better.

Has Farage been to see Sofia's Rome? Missed that.

Why are we westerners coming to BG if it is so bad and the UK so perfect?

The folk are generally welcoming, pensions go further, the weather is better, the state does not interefere with individuals lives and allow us freedom as sensible folk.

We are not treated with contempt as mindless morons with everything aimed at the lowest common denominator.

Youth still has respect for elders and does not binge drink, vomit on pavements and behave as if they are the most important person in the world. Cor blimey the list is almost infinite.
Long live BULGARIA. Bravo BG!

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