A clash between two youths - a Yemeni and a Roma - escalated into a mass street brawl and provoked a flurry of media headlines. It led a worried Mr Blunkett [formerly the UK Home Secretary, now the MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough] to urge police in the area to get tough.
‘What is required is a clear, visible police presence in the evening,’ he said, ‘so there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind about the determination to clamp down on any kind of unacceptable behaviour. Those who perpetrate unacceptable behaviour need to understand the police mean business.’
This isn’t the first time Mr Blunkett has intervened. Last November, he urged Roma migrants to change their ways after countless complaints about rowdy night-time parties, litter, men urinating in the street, excessive drinking and teenage children running wild.
… For their part, the Roma insist they have done nothing wrong and that they are victims of racism because they are ‘gipsies’ - a term the Roma are proud to use. One 28-year-old Roma man whom I met in Popple Street, a road of 140 houses in the heart of Page Hall where three-quarters of the homes are now occupied by Slovak families, complained bitterly about the bias against them. ‘It is us who are frightened by the hatred against us. Coming to this country, we thought that England would treat us with respect,’ he said. ‘Instead, the locals despise us. What’s more, we are stopped by the police all the time.’
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Poor white Slovaks who get the bad reputation for what the Roma do. However, isn't the whole sad affair just a result of the discrimination of Roma by the white majority in Slovakia? Aren't the Roma just an oppressed minority which should be granted the asylum in the UK from persecution in their country of origin?
That's the story, which the public is supposed to believe. The real story is different.
The post-war Czechoslovakia adopted the policy of an all-embracing welfare state. Being a relatively wealthy country almost undamaged by the WWII then, Czechoslovakia could have afforded it. So it happened that Roma travellers, who used to live in abject poverty for generations, were given homes and required to assimilate. As Czechoslovakia was a Communist regime, it was not possible to refuse this sort of advantage.
The Roma got housing and regular income: most of them took menial jobs, some lived on the dole. The ambitious assimilation programme, however, never really worked. The lifestyle of white Czechs and Slovaks (essentially Western) was very different from Roma traditions. There was no oppression to speak of, though. Czechoslovak Communists were quite serious about political correctness and there was even some sort of affirmative action (though not much successful.)
On the 1st of January 1993, Slovakia gained independence from Czechoslovakia. The young nation enjoyed the newly acquired sovereignty but lost the gravy train from Prague. Suddenly, Slovakia had to cut welfare substantially. The large Roma population was hit hard. Many of them moved to the Czech Republic, which has been a more generous welfare state than Slovakia. As both countries joined the EU in 2004, new opportunities opened to the Roma.
It should be noted that different EU countries have different welfare policies. The UK welfare state is not the most generous (France and Sweden pay a lot more), but it's much more open to newcomers. It's very easy to get welfare payments and all kinds of social services, from healthcare to schools to housing. It's obviously too easy.
Immigrants from a whole bunch of countries that include Bangladesh, Somalia, Pakistan, India, Romania, Nigeria, Yemen, you name it, come to Britain in droves to live for other people's money. To admit the bare truth is no racism. Simply, that's the way it is. Not only immigrants but also many white Brits behave like spoiled kids—spoiled by the absurdly open-handed welfare state.
To say at least one kind thing about the poor Roma: Have you ever heard of a Romany jihadist? No, you haven't. Rowdy night-time partying, littering and the other sins don't look that bad in comparison.
The bottom line? Britain should cut the welfare, and she should cut it the hard way.