A comment piece in Romanian on Contributors.ro
A petty argument in the British conservative party between supporters and enemies of the European Union has forced the UK into a disaster.
If the country leaves the 28-member bloc, financial ruin will spread across the continent, far right groups will seize control and the peacetime success of 70 years of the European project will collapse.
But you – Romania – can help save us.
Prime Minister David Cameron is responsible for plunging the UK into this mess. He thought he could stop his Eurosceptic Conservative party pushing for EU exit by renegotiating the terms of British membership.
But no one understood what he really wanted in last week’s discussions. Not even Cameron himself. All he wanted was a victory.
While Russia and Turkey played at war games and millions of Syrians descended on the continent, Cameron wanted to debate Britain’s denial of child benefits to Polish children living in Poland, whose parents live in the UK and pay UK taxes.
And he succeeded! To shut him up, the EU member states let him take away food and clothes from Polish children.
But that wasn’t enough for the Eurosceptics.
You have to ask – what did they want, these anti-Europeans? For Polish children to suffer more? To raid their piggy banks in the search of any coin bearing the Queen’s Head?
If Cameron would have drowned these children in the Vistula, the right-wing press would have complained that it was “at British taxpayers’ expense” and “that there would have been a cheaper method”. And what would that be? Remember we’re talking about Poland here.
But now David Cameron deserves sympathy.
Most of his party hates him. Many of his friends hate him. And, much like his success at passing the gay marriage laws and winning the referendum against Scottish independence, he must beg help from the people he has campaigned against his entire life – the opposition Labour Party, the poor, Barack Obama, The Pope, the people from the north of England, and you, Romanians, yes you – the people he and his sycophants have demonised for a decade. You have to save him from himself.
Following his announcement of support for Brexit, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson is now the greatest security risk to Europe.
As a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in Brussels on EU affairs, he is accused of lying in print for his eurosceptic readers, helping to create the illusion in the British mindset that the European Commission is not a cadre of slightly overpaid bureaucrats, but a secret cabal of succubi bent on squeezing cash from British families to establish a Communist superstate run by Belgian chocolatiers.
As Mayor of London, Boris is overseeing a massive purge of the poor from the centre of the capital.
While unrestricted capitalism seizes the city, low income families are thrown out of their home and their communities wrecked as they are forced to relocate in remote parts of the country.
If he had purged an ethnicity from the city, this would be an international crime on a par with Nazism.
But because it’s the poor – they deserve it, don’t they?
It’s their fault. They are guilty of not being born into rich families.
He is a comedian for people with no sense of humour. His one redeeming feature is his large crop of blonde hair, a farcical roof for a devious mind – the style of Andy Warhol, the ambition of Mussolini.
He is only campaigning for Brexit because he knows that if he wins, he will be Prime Minister.
If he loses, the Conservative Party membership, which favours Brexit, will kick out David Cameron and make him Prime Minister.
Even if you love Boris Johnson, vote to stay in the EU. Because he will probably become leader of the UK.
So the referendum question should be: do you want Boris Johnson to rule in a climate of a unified Britain or Europe at war?
First and second generation Romanians in the UK, remember – our countries have a bond that has only grown closer over the last three decades.
Honour the great traditions which we seem to have forgotten – liberty, fair play and the rule of law. We sheltered political dissident Ion Ratiu and countless others from Communist exile. We love the Transylvanian countryside with a passion that borders on the obscene. So I am asking you to save us from ourselves.
Therefore I urge all Romanians living in the United Kingdom to find a way to vote to stay in the EU – by any means! you’re resourceful! And if you can’t, tell your friends to vote. Even if the booths are crowded, teach us your talent at queuing, so we can relearn the importance of democracy.