London, Feb 2(ANI): A Romanian newspaper has started a lighthearted advertising campaign featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, hitting back at Britain’s off-putting depiction of immigrants.
Bucharest daily newspaper Gandul questions why anyone would want to head to the UK when in Romania “half our women look like Kate, the other half like her sister”, the Daily Mirror reports.
The satirical campaign, entitled “Why don’t you come over?” also boasts, “Our draft beer is cheaper than your bottled water” and “We serve more food groups than pie, sausage, fish and chips,” the paper reported.
Duchess Kate is not the only royal to be referenced in the spoof ads, which add “We may not like Britain, but you’ll love Romania”. Another says: “Charles bought a house here in 2005. And Harry has never been photographed naked,” the paper added.
But behind the mockery is a serious message for Britain, as the campaign hits back at what many Romanians see as scare mongering by the UK government ahead of the lifting of EU work restrictions next year.
Romanians, and their Balkan counterparts in Bulgaria, consider themselves to be hard working, skilled employees with excellent English who already contribute to Britain’s economy, the paper further reported.
They claim that reports they will bleed dry the welfare system once EU restrictions are lifted are both exaggerated and offensive.
Gandul editorial director Claudiu Pandaru said they are mocked, denigrated and made to feel like third-class citizens, adding this is a humorous, good-mannered response.
He added they want to show the British that we have two important reserves: intelligence and humour. (ANI)