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Which Newspaper Hates Migrants The Most? A Look At Those 2013 Front Pages

by | 2nd, January 2014



THE ROGARIANS are among us. On January 1 2014, the Romanian and Bulgarians united to invade the British Isles. Armed with a EU Directive, these villains are right now stealing your kids, using your cashcards, moving into your bedroom (quick, go check) and doing nothing – NOTHING – to help the England cricket team.

Liz Gerard investigates the horror:

Scene 1: A group of Romanians runs a car wash franchise in the car park of a DIY store. It’s a cold, drizzly day and there are few customers. A woman drives up and the entire dozen-strong workforce emerge from their warm hut and get to work on her car. No one sits back to watch others work, and with everyone pitching in, the job is done in five minutes.

Scene 2: A gang of Romanians cases a London antiques fair and follows one of the jewellery dealers home. They set up camp in woodland at the bottom of her garden and watch her movements for a few days. They see her coming home with new stock. At 3am they remove the bolts and padlocks on her doors and break in to steal everything. Her life’s work gone in minutes.

Which would is the better news story?

No contest. One is an everyday occurrence, the other a cruel assault on a woman’s home and life. And we know that an essential element of news is that it should be out of the ordinary.

So why does SubScribe suspect that the raid would be reported by many of our newspapers not as something unusual, but as an indication of the sort of behaviour to be expected of eastern European immigrants?

And why, given our endless fascination with the subject and the reams of newsprint devoted to it, is so little written about work ethic and immigrants’ contribution to the economy?

As Big Ben chimed midnight yesterday, thousands – even millions – of Romanians and Bulgarians were supposed to swarm into Britain to steal our jobs, our benefits and our wallets.

The mass migration did not materialise on cue, but that doesn’t mean we’re safe. You never know with sneaky foreigners; they might be biding their time, waiting for us to be preoccupied with the storms, before invading.

And there’s plenty to fear, as the Daily Star warned us yesterday:

“Fears grew of a crimewave last night as hordes of Romanians and Bulgarians bought every seat on planes and buses to the UK…

Police experts predicted a fresh wave of crime as the country already struggles with an influx of foreign crooks.

Shock figures revealed that the eastern Europeans already topped the crime league tables before Britain opened its borders to millions from the two countries today.

Almost 1,000 Romanians were detained by police in just one county alone over the past three years…”

As SubScribe wrote on Tuesday, the new rules on immigration change little. Seasonal workers, those in other specific trades and the self-employed were already able to come to Britain to work. They also had the same right as other EU nationals to enter the country for up to three months as a visitor – and to be deported if they engaged in criminal activity. Romanians and Bulgarians may now come to seek work in any field and stay for any length of time. But they still won’t be allowed to stay if they start begging or stealing.

The newspapers most terrified of this foreign invasion have been reluctant to make this clear. They don’t seem to have grasped the notion that if someone’s intention is to come to Britain to break the law, they didn’t need to wait for the law to change to do so. Wouldn’t it make sense for them to pop over, make hay for as long as they could without getting caught, and then go home with their ill-gotten gains? They could have been doing this for seven years.

Twitter has been a joy the past couple of days, mocking the tabs that predicted floods of evil migrants. Buzzfeed, as ever, put together a good compendium – and just going on to Twitter and searching ‘Romanians and Bulgarians’ brings a rich harvest.

SubScribe would like to make a two-part contribution to the conversation. The first was published on Tuesday. The second, below, are British front page splashes from the past 12 months that have focused on the subject of them darn foreigners. So here goes:


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Daily_Express_27_2_2013 Daily_Express_26_2_2013 Daily_Express_25_2_2013 Daily_Mail_11_2_2013 Daily_Express_Weekend_10_2_2013 Daily_Mail_4_2_2013

The_Independent_14_2_2013 The_Times_15_2_2013




Daily_Express_27_3_2013 Daily_Express_26_3_2013 I_Newspaper_25_3_2013 The_Times_25_3_2013 Daily_Mail_25_3_2013 Daily_Express_13_3_2013 Daily_Express_5_3_2013





Daily_Express_Weekend_27_4_2013 Daily_Mail_4_4_2013 The_Sunday_Telegraph_7_4_2013




Daily_Express_2_5_2013 (1)

Daily_Express_22_5_2013  The_Independent_on_Sunday_12_5_2013



Daily_Express_Weekend_15_6_2013 Daily_Express_6_6_2013

Daily_Express_3_6_2013 Daily_Express_12_6_2013










The_Times_16_8_2013 Daily_Express_9_8_2013 The_Independent_3_8_2013





The_Times_14_9_2013 Daily_Mail_7_9_2013

The_Sunday_Telegraph_29_9_2013 The_Observer_15_9_2013




Daily_Mail_22_10_2013 (1)


The_Daily_Telegraph_29_10_2013 The_Independent_25_10_2013 The_Sunday_Telegraph_20_10_2013 Daily_Mail_14_10_2013





I_Newspaper_28_11_2013 Daily_Mail_28_11_2013 Daily_Mail_27_11_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_26_11_2013 Daily_Mail_22_11_2013 Daily_Mail_13_11_2013 Daily_Express_1_11_2013


The_Daily_Telegraph_1_11_2013 Daily_Mail_2_11_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_4_11_2013 Daily_Express_5_11_2013 Daily_Mail_5_11_2013 Daily_Mail_7_11_2013 Daily_Express_Weekend_10_11_2013 Daily_Star_13_11_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_19_11_2013 Daily_Express_21_11_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_23_11_2013 The_Times_23_11_2013 The_Sunday_Times_24_11_2013 Daily_Express_28_11_2013



The_Independent_30_12_2013 Daily_Express_27_12_2013 The_Guardian_26_12_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_23_12_2013 The_Sunday_Times_22_12_2013 The_Observer_22_12_2013 The_Sun_18_12_2013 The_Guardian_18_12_2013 The_Sunday_Times_15_12_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_13_12_2013 Daily_Express_11_12_2013 The_Times_9_12_2013

The_Sun_31_12_2013 Daily_Star_30_12_2013 The_Daily_Telegraph_30_12_2013 The_Times_30_12_2013 I_Newspaper_30_12_2013 Daily_Mail_30_12_2013 The_Mail_on_Sunday_29_12_2013 Daily_Mail_27_12_2013 The_Guardian_23_12_2013 Daily_Mail_23_12_2013 I_Newspaper_23_12_2013 Daily_Express_Weekend_14_12_2013 I_Newspaper_13_12_2013 The_Times_4_12_2013

And the winner is…

Well, it was neck-and-neck into the final strait. The Express  made the early running and built up a good lead over the Mail. But then it got distracted by the scorching summer and, possibly suffering from a touch of arthritis, started to flag. It rallied in the autumn, but the Mail had  kept enough in reserve for one last push to come home the winner by a single edition. The iwas the dark horse and ran in third, but well adrift of the leaders.

The Times and Telegraph did their best, but didn’t really grasp the rules. This wasn’t about referendums on staying within the EU or the ascent of Ukip; it was about nasty foreigners. The Guardian suffered from the same failing and barely left the starting gate.

The  Sun and the Star understood the nature of the race, but woke up only at the very last moment, so had no chance. They must have had other things on their minds.

The Result

Mail 18; Express 17; i 5; Times 4; Telegraph 3; Guardian 1; Sun 1; Star 1

And the losers are…

Our national reputation and anyone who looks to the popular Press for a fair and balanced view of the value – or cost – of immigrants to society.


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