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Apparently, our revered and not-at-all-racist government has been considering some sort of negative advertising campaign to dissuade Romanians and Bulgarians from coming here in the sort of numbers Poles did when they joined the EU.

The Guardian held a competition for posters.
Some are so good it makes me feel like leaving. As if the grey skies didn't do that anyway at this time of year.



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velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: February 1st, 2013 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
You should see the anti-immigrant types we have here in the USA.


Gabrielle
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have met some. Including one whose parents were both immigrants!
velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: February 1st, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love folks who climb the ladder and then kick it down so no one else can climb up after them.


Gabrielle
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, with the exception of a few hundred thousand indigenous people, yours is a nation of immigrants.

We, too, are a bunch of mongrels if you take the long view. These jerks think a long view is more than a month.
velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: February 2nd, 2013 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly. All these anti-immigrant cretins have selective amnesia when it comes to just how they came to be Americans.


Gabrielle
gillo From: gillo Date: February 2nd, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hell, even I am half-immigrant (from Wales, which doesn't really count as far as the English are concerned, but sure as hell does to the Welsh!) And when a Jewish bloke of Eastern European descent in Arizona rants about immigrants ... well, it's just so stupid it's funny, really.
petzipellepingo From: petzipellepingo Date: February 1st, 2013 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
velvetwhip is quite right. Unfortuntely.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've come across some, sadly.
curiouswombat From: curiouswombat Date: February 1st, 2013 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I do rather like both of those! The first one has most impact though... :)
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could read to the bottom of the second one - some of the items are funny.
oxfordia From: oxfordia Date: February 1st, 2013 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
And on BBC Radio 2 yesterday www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01q8ptf
I didn't listen because just hearing the guy introduce the programme made me want to scream. I don't think Vine himself is racist but the BBC keeps trying to rile people up and helps the racist broadcast their opinions, like they need any PR campaign... Same with same-sex marriage and female bishops and so on. I wouldn't mind if there was enough time to really discuss things but the format means you get a couple of idiots shouting louder than the rest of them and there is rarely time for anybody (presenter or callers) to put forward a full counterargument. You'd think history would teach people a thing or two but nope!

gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I do think there's a racist substrate to our government. I wish there wasn't, but they are too eager to curry favour with extremists.
sartorresartus From: sartorresartus Date: February 1st, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Today Programme was talking about the original Leicestershire posters telling the Ugandan Asians not to come. The irony was that many of them did go there, on the strength of those posters.

It just goes to show that there is no such thing as bad publicity, and that a large red button marked, clearly, 'Do Not Press' will be worn out by the curious!
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely. And we can expect Bulgarians and Romanians to come here to do just that.
lost_spook From: lost_spook Date: February 1st, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know where to start with the laughing or the crying... But I'm British, so I'll laugh for the moment, in lieu of not drinking tea. ;-)

We hate ourselves - we'll probably hate you too :lol: /o\

The fact that someone even thought about an actual anti-campaign is just... Where to begin?
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tea is soothing...

An anti-campaign is a stupid idea on so many different levels it could only have come from our present government.
missus_grace From: missus_grace Date: February 1st, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Don't come to Britain. It's full of...the British..."

I did have to LOL at that. But oh dear...
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are very good at running ourselves down. "We're a bit shit really" is a national motto of sorts. Except at Olympics time, but that's only every half-century or so...
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: February 1st, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but you also have Mark Knopfler.
gillo From: gillo Date: February 1st, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's he done for us lately?
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: February 2nd, 2013 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, just written a boatload of lovely songs. I only recently discovered him a month after he was in Minneapolis!

((cries))

I'll have to come to UK to hear him. Wanna come with?
gillo From: gillo Date: February 2nd, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You come to this country, I'll come with wherever you like!
desdemonaspace From: desdemonaspace Date: February 3rd, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wonderful! If I could work out WriterCon UK, I would.
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