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Commenting article: Farage Replies to Ralitsa: "I Want to See Bulgaria Prosperous and Free"

UK Independence Party leader, MEP Nigel Farage has submitted to (Sofia News Agency) and a reply to the open letter sent to him by a young Bulgarian woman, Ralitsa Behar, which was first published by (Sofia News Agency) and

Ralitsa Behar, who lived and studied in the UK and chose to go back to Bulgaria and build a career here instead of the UK, had reacted to Farage's renewed criticism of Bulgaria in a bid to fuel fears over new immigrants, coming as of 2014.

Speaking on BBC's Question Time, Nigel Farage slammed Bulgaria as a country in a terrible state, where the judiciary is not independent and the mafia basically runs the economy.

peterperfect - 7 Feb 2013 // 10:12:53

A good answer, maybe a bit simple (for a reason of course) but clear and concise with many true and salient points. I am not a lover of Farage as I pointed out a couple of weeks ago when I emailed him on his public comments on Bulgaria, but he is right. It is the EU that has lead most of the criticism of Bulgaria's law and order system, it is a fact that the UK has taken more than its fair share of European immigrants, it is a fact that the UK taxpayer has had to take the brunt of the increased tax bill to support these immigrants and have lost jobs to them as well (remember that the UK health and welfare system if mostly free, paid by the UK tax payer, unlike many other EU countries). Although it is reasonable to expect anyone to do whatever it takes to better their lot, I am one of these who has come to Bulgaria for a better life for me and my wife, unlike many of the immigrants to the UK though, I do not cost the Bulgarian tax payer anything in fact I bring in 000's of Lev into Bulgaria that I support Bulgarians with by spending it in the country. Farage, I am sure meant no insult to Bulgarians and, for sure, he is not racist, but sometimes hard facts get labelled with controversial headers.

sa-sha - 7 Feb 2013 // 15:01:39

....A good answer, really, though-imho- a bit impolite. Suggest, Peter, after Your:
I invite You (just You, since the above is Yours) and You reply: "I'm busy this week, sorry, but I have asked my colleague to go in my stead".....Well, You may then come in a couple weeks, what's the problem, right?
And then:"mafia basically runs the economy", "open doors to 22mln ppl from Bulgaria and Romania"...strong said (and not repeated in his answer to Ralitsa ;-). Btw, could Mr.Farage tell the same not about the mythically expected "22millions", but about the real 4 millions of muslim immigrants ALREADY living in UK? No, Peter, he couldn't as it would be "politically uncorrect" (those muslims, they won't be tolerant, they may start terrorize Brits;-)... Add to it 40 millions Poles who may also "move to England".....
As for Your "it is a fact"-Farage was right: "Referendum". It will be honest at least. And hopefully it will stop further histerya and insults in UK media and society.

a proud Bulgarian - 7 Feb 2013 // 15:55:31

Dear Mr. Farage,

1. Do you have any idea that one of the main pillars of the EU is the free movement of people, stocks and capitals? I am afraid you missed this subject at school. Or even worst, you are just interested in the second and third part of this rule? I say it because you do not complain when UK companies exploit the cheap Bulgarian work hands and then sell the products at EU prices! I say it also, because you do not complain neither from the flood of jews, indians and arabs to your country (I have nothing against none of them!), there is somehow lack of logics...
2. Why you complain about all the East Europeans if UK government is the one to suggest school programs to "suck fresh and intelligent minds"? Let me remind you that more than 50% of the Managers in London City are foreigners (part of them Bulgarians and Polish, YES!)
3. I agree with you about the corruption. If you tell me how to fight against it being a medium statistics citizen, I will be grateful. Because for now, we only receive EU reports but never strong restractions that "our" politions have to fulfull. In change, again WE the normal people have to pay for that.
4. Please, read more and take some exaple from successful countries west of UK which have millions of emigrates but they know how to get profit of this. I also remind you that any worker in a normal country pays taxes which contribute to the health ans soc. security systems and nobody has the right to doubt their access to these services.
5. Here is the moment to tell you that I am totally against the criminals who come from other countries and make you troubles. But these people you do not have to treat by nation. Generalizing is a week point of your position.
6. Mr. Farage, I am really disappointed by your discriminative attitude, and as a PROUD Bulgarian, speaking 5 languages and having Master?s you convinced me to change my flight ticket to UK for my next vacation. In change, I will stay to spend my money in my country. Please, take my advice for free: DO NOT COME TO BULGARIA AS IT?S TOO SUNNY AND TOO FUNNY (neither so your teenage drinkers who spoil our Black Sea resorts in summer!


Sveto - 8 Feb 2013 // 01:45:02

Balancing around with polished phrases may be a British pride of history, but unfortunately won’t cut it well at present. What this dude says is the same as what your prime minister tries to push though the EU. What a luck Britain of today is just one of the many players on the scene, so it should not be taken too seriously, but rather should be let alone to break its own noisy head. Coming back to subject, Cameron same as this racist prick think that they can suck all the subsidies from the EU and than on top of it model the common rules the way they please, right…urrr NO! If you guys don’t like how EU runs and keeps the balance for all members, than just vote out on the referendum and off you go! You guys need Eu much more than EU needs you, but for all the truth there is only one way to learn it right and that’s the hard way.
If the corruption, the crime and the politics are so bad in BG, than why have you moved with your wife to live in my country? Where do you find the logic in risking not only yours, but also the life of your spouse? Or are you doing charity by “not costing any money to the Bg taxpayers”? Wait until you have an accident, an illness or you get old enough and we shall see if you still lack interest in the Bulgarian health system, which by the way will be as per EU law your undisputable right. And I don’t see a single Bulgarian running in panic scared you might inflict burden on our social security system.
As for the corruption, I can tell you this - Bulgaria of today is by no means more corrupt than say any other country in the EU. I know all the arguments, but you see I also know my people. Bulgarians are constant complainers and we victimize ourselves to the point where the outside world starts believing it. I know it isn’t something to be proud of, but than again it has its positives. Bulgarians are so pessimistic that they live an overall prudent life and are very careful with their money. So when one hears complaints of rampant, uncontrolled corruption – it is coming from people, who, for many years, have been forbidden to leave the country, kept hostages of a political system. This indeed is a really bad thing, because if you don’t check out the world and fail to understand it through good and bad, you start creating a completely unrealistic image of it.

peterperfect - 8 Feb 2013 // 09:00:19

No change Sa-Sha. I support Bulgaria, after all I live here and enjoy my life. Farage however is voicing the UK's public fears and they are valid, they may be unrealistic in that the influx may be small, but, if the same as with Poland it will change the UK. That is the peoples fear.

madoods - 8 Feb 2013 // 09:36:02

It is the responsibility of an elected government to support its citizens. However, the EU has removed the power of its members to restrict immigration even from outside the EU. Bulgaria is likely to witness an increase of incidents like the Burgas bombing as a result and this is what ordinary citizens in the UK have had to deal with too. There has been a huge increase in unemployment and crime in the UK since we have not been able to police our own borders and again this is something that other countries including Germany have noticed. This is what is worrying ordinary citizens in addition to a huge strain on education, housing and health systems- and no money left to improve these, which is why a further influx is causing such panic. Big business is doing fine on the backs of cheap labour from abroad, but the Britons being fired to enable this are not benefitting, and the big businesses (many of them not being British) are putting very little back into the British economy, but taking plenty out

sa-sha - 8 Feb 2013 // 12:30:36

..."A plague on both your houses" ;-) !!!---I mean "No change Sa-Sha"
No change, Peter!!! I hear You, I hear madoods, I hear "UK's public fears" and these fears are valid and understandable (there is Russian
saying: "Обжёгшись на молоке, дуют и на воду" [~"Once bitten, twice shy"], and Brits were bitten seriously by previous waves of mosquitos- immigrants).....and I hear those Britons in "BBC Question time" studio, I hear their reaction on Mr.Farage:"Referendum". But we
live not in a VACUUM, Peter. People from Bulgaria and from many other countries hear also and they have something very reasonable to
say.................So, the above Britons warmly welcomed the Farage "Referendum". Let it be and let the future will judge. The present situation is too notorious and insulting. For all.

Thenonymous - 21 Mar 2013 // 14:44:22

It's a shame you didn't write it 6 weeks ago when it was relevant, the world has moved on since then.

Individual_26 - 22 Mar 2013 // 12:27:43

True! I regret it too....unfortunately what news we get here in UK is different than in BG...will try to keep up better! :)

Individual_26 - 22 Mar 2013 // 12:31:16

Hi madoods, it is very interesting what you state....I don't understand why the countries that have the most representatives within the EU complain the most of it's policies! Germany has the most EPs at 99 followed by Italy, France and UK that each have 72 EPs.....What exactly do they complain about as these same countries are the majority when deciding policies etc within the EU?

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