On the 1st of January 2014, the EU in its infinite wisdom will allow Romanians and Bulgarians to enter Britain, where they will be allowed to work and/or claim welfare benefits. Is this such a bad thing, one is tempted to ask in moments of liberal compassion? I lived in Romania for a while back in the 1990s and can testify that European Romanians are well educated, hard working and thoroughly decent people.
Having said that, Romania is a poor country, so it is clearly in the interest of many Romanians and Bulgarians to better their incomes by moving to Britain. Unfortunately, for us Brits at any rate, once here they will undercut British workers and thus drive down the aspirations of the native British working class.