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Daily Mail - United Kingdom | 05/12/2013

Romanians not robbing British of their jobs

Romania's Minister of Labour Mariana Campeanu on Wednesday rejected accusations that her countrymen were taking away jobs from young Britons. As of 1 January 2014, free movement of workers within the EU will also apply to Bulgarians and Romanians. Columnist Max Hastings writes in The Daily Mail that the British should be glad that the Romanians do the jobs they themselves no longer want to do: "Our hospitals would collapse tomorrow without immigrant labour - including Romanians - because scarcely any young British person is willing to change dressings or empty bedpans. ... Only a relatively small minority of the newcomers will come to claim benefits or embark on careers in crime. Most want to live here because they can take up a host of jobs that our own young people are unwilling or unfit to do. Romania's labour minister is right: this sorry state of affairs is not her country's embarrassment, but ours."

Daily Mail - United Kingdom | 17/10/2013

Former British minister must be rehabilitated

The Plebgate affair surrounding ex-minister Andrew Mitchell has shown the British police in a bad light. After a dispute with a police officer one year ago, Mitchell was obliged to resign. It later emerged that other police officers had given false testimony against the minister. Mitchell must be rehabilitated, the conservative paper The Daily Mail demands: "As for Andrew Mitchell - he must be returned to government. Indeed, it is surprising that the Prime Minister did not effect this months ago, when it became plain he had been victimised. And the public interest demands prosecution of the officers responsible for his mistreatment. ..... An honest and respected system of law enforcement is vital to the welfare of the British people, and also to that of our many decent and hard-working policemen. Which is why the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary are right to display outrage, and to insist that change must come."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 13/06/2012

Murdoch scandal damaging for Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron must give evidence this Thursday before the parliament's media ethics inquiry into the 'News of the World' phone-hacking scandal. The liberal Financial Times fears his popularity ratings will plunge even further as a result: "Had the police been doing their job - and the corruption of law enforcers matters far more than the criminal conduct of journalists - the phone-hacking scandal would have ended much sooner in criminal proceedings, rather than in the Leveson fandango, which the judge has allowed to spiral out of control. To any rational person, this affair appears minuscule compared with the storms battering Britain and the world. But it would be wrong to underrate the damage it has already inflicted on the prime minister. Revelations about his lapses of judgement weaken his authority to lead Britain, and this is no time for debilitating distractions."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 25/04/2006

Némirovsky WWII novel is 'antidote' to British complacency

Jewish author Irène Némirovsky died in a Nazi concentration camp after writing a novel about France under occupation. 'Suite Française' is today a bestseller in the U.K. For columnist Max Hastings, the novel is an 'antidote' to British complacency about collaboration. "'Suite Française' has prompted renewed debate about societies' conduct under occupation. Hearing a recent conversation about collaboration, I made myself unpopular by suggesting that, if Britain had succumbed to Nazi rule, our own people would have behaved pretty much as the French did. Anthony Eden is seldom quoted with respect these days. Yet the former foreign secretary made an impressive contribution to Marcel Ophüls' great film on wartime France, Le Chagrin et la Pitié. He said, in impeccable French: 'It would be impertinent for any country that has never suffered occupation to pass judgment on one that did'. Here was wisdom."

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