EU rules not designed for us to inherit Roma issue
THE plight of the Roma people, otherwise known as gypsies, is well documented.
They live on landfill sites in the suburbs of Romanian towns and cities without electricity or sewerage.
They are abused by the locals and are one cause of the rise of the far-right political movements, not just in their own country but throughout Eastern Europe. The Nazis murdered them at will.
They possess few skills and are only too anxious to escape their miserable existence.
Many live in Germany and Britain already and because they are without work some resort to crime.
The London Metropolitan Police report, that in the last five years, no less than 27,500 of them were arrested in London for pickpocketing and credit card skimming.
Next January all of the Roma people in Romania will be allowed to travel to Britain and claim our welfare benefits without having contributed one penny towards the state coffers.
Can we blame them? Of course not. We, as a nation, have a great tradition of welcoming people of many races and religions to our shores.
We remain a multi-cultural nation, hence the Romanian government's optimism that we will take their problem as our own.
The obvious question is if Romania is part of the European Union, which pledged to give every citizen their human rights, why is it not being forced to look after these people?
The charter was not created to allow this to happen. Free movement of labour across the EU countries was designed to allow people of skill to ply their trade in whichever country they chose.
In view of this should not Romania be suspended from the EU, given its inhumane treatment of these poor people?