The claims that they are benefit scroungers are overstated.
Well said Seanus, most aren't here to take benifits. Unfortunately a few are and the media picks up on them and puts a 'Label' on the Whole because of the few. News papers are very good at that, and that's why I don't bother buying one any more. (Who needs a paper with TV, Teletext and the Internet in any case).
Goebbels reportedly said, a lie repeated ten times becomes the truth),
There's a name I HATE....But unfortunately there was some truth in that quote.
Some time ago I went on a coarse about making the customer No.1. One thing that stuck my mind vividly was that if you say bad about some thing / some one / a group of people, then 17 people will remember it. Say good about the same thing / people then only 4 people listen. It's the caveman thing, we stay away from things that we're told might hurt us. Modern man has kept that, but when you realise it you become free to make your own choices. (Hence I don't bother with papers any more).
I've also seen individuals who use this instinct to discredit, and harm individuals, and the people who do that are pure poison.
TV News is similar. I remember years ago the News said there was wide spread rioting in Athens. Some friends of the family lived in the street they showed on TV, and watched from their balcony. The wide spread riots, was in fact about 50 teenage students in one street fighting over something minor.
Since I OPENED my eyes I became fascinated by how people have used this caveman instinct for thier own desires.
The most noted person was Hitler (another name that makes me shudder).
He realised the instinct was in every one, and used it for his own ends.
After recruiting a few followers, he gave speaches at the German railway clubs to recuite people on mass. The negative thing he used to spark the mass following was a small group of Polish people who were SUPPOSED (?) to have burnt a church full of Germans.
The people (well fueled on Alcohol, which brings the basic instincts closer to the surface) unfortunately listend. The rest is tragic history.
The media is doing the same thing to Polish people now (very unfairly in my OPEN eyes).
Knowing a few polish people, they are here because they want a nicer, safer place to live and work. They pay thier taxs the same as every one else, and take nothing from the state.
Some are even ashamed to say they are Polish because of the negative things said in the media and the blinkered view most people have because of it.
The media just wants to make money by selling papers. Try to OPEN your eyes when you read something, or hear something about another person.
If someone is LABELED bad by someone, then take another look. It's probably someone else out to make trouble for them for no good reason for thier own gains.