Jake Bowers, the ‘Guardian’s Romany correspondent, on the expected Roma influx:
As January 2014 approaches and the anti-immigration lobby warns of the arrival of millions from Romania and Bulgaria, it’s essential that progressive politicians – and I’m assuming Blunkett considers himself one – understand why 200,000 Roma migrants have already fled poverty, persecution and discrimination to live in the relative comfort of British cities.
Whoops! Guess no-one told Nick Clegg. Wait, does he count?
Because the thing we lack most of all isn’t education, housing or even employment, it’s the rarest commodity of all – empathy. And until media and politicians truly understand what we are attempting to escape, Romaphobia will continue to blight lives.