I’d find it a challenge if Roma gipsies moved into my street, admits Blunkett – the Home Secretary who opened Britain’s borders

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has admitted he would find it tough if Roma gipsies moved into his own street – 10 years after he opened Britain’s borders to new EU members.

The Labour politician allowed migrants from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to work in Britain from 2004, resulting in one of the biggest waves of immigration ever seen in the UK.

More than one million workers from Eastern Europe arrived between 2004 and the end of 2009 – many of them settling in his home city of Sheffield.

  • Jay Currie

    Well the Poles, Slovaks and Hungarians at least have the potential to integrate. It’s tough niggles for the native Brit and Scots layabouts but the Eastern European influx does not threaten British culture. And a lot of those East Europeans make substantial contributions to the UK economy. The Romans not so much.

  • Minicapt

    Mr Blunkett is not known for his foresight.


  • Pete_Brewster

    It’s all right for him. He can afford to move somewhere decent.

    Thanks, in part, to Canadian immigration laws that are strictly enforced only against white Protestants, most Britons can’t afford that luxury.

  • simus1

    When you plan to shatter and uproot a society, at least take credit for your works.

    • Frau Katze

      He is no doubt well off and insulated from “petty concerns.” Private schools for the kids. Private health care, coz he’s rich. Big house, good neighbourhood. This people make me sick.

  • moraywatson

    If the first people to experience the effect of new laws were the lawmakers, we would have far fewer of both.