johnnyrotten wrote:I have never worked in the UK, but I can see the attraction for many Bulgarians. If you live in a village without money, hope, opportunity, then the thought of working in England is nice. No?
There's quite a few Brits who've also never worked in the UK - or anywhere else!
In "my" UK village there's plenty with no money/hope/opportunity.....or should that be" no incentive to get off their butts and do some work in return for their Giros"? Strangely enough, there's no shortage of East Europeans working and running businesses there though.
I'm sure of that! I suppose they are the same as our gipsys.
To the best of my knowledge, to live in a UK village is quite different to a BG village. UK villages are populated by the wealthy, No? Whereas our village are populated mostly by poor people with less than 300 leva income.
I also agree with the post that says, 'depends on where the village is located'.
I would guess that some of the villages in the home counties and in areas such as Cheshire have a good proportion of footballers and business folk that have made a good income. However, I would also say that in general and on average that our 'villagers' are better off financially than your average Bulgarian villager.
My Parents were working class, lived on the edge of a big urban sprawl, but moved out to the country when my Father was forced into early retirement due to numerous factory closures.
They both received government pensions and my Father had some small superannuation income (whatever that means), but noway were they rich or well off. Having lost my Father this year, my Mother gets all kinds of subsidiaries and local 'free' help from Council volunteers that will drive her into the nearest town and a small bus service that will collect her from home, take her into town and bring her back, but at their set times.
There are some inhabitants that you might well perceive to be rich and these are usually landowner farmers and the odd industrialist that made his money before retiring. Most folk do appear to have a decent vehicle to drive and I have never seen a horse and cart on the roads nearby, but plently of horses.
My personal opinion is that it is difficult to compare a small English/Welsh village with a Bulgarian one. Our villagers are far more spread out than I witness here. My mother's village is a hamlet of around 5-6 houses all dotted around within a mile of each other, the nearest neighbour is a farm a few hundred metres down the lane and that is the only neighbour within easy walking distance. The larger village is where the Doctor, Post Office, Petrol Station, Pub/Restaurant, small shop and butcher are located plus, you will find cottage industries doing anything from hairdressing to selling home-made jams etc.
In my Bulgarian village, I have 1.5 shops, a Mayoress and a Post Office so not much to compare. I always had a similar problem explaining to Russians what an English/Welsh village was like compared to a Russian one as the Russian always conjured up a picture of outside toilets, heavy drinking, mud roads and log fires. You have to go see to experience it in my opinion.
In some what used to be termed villages, are now small towns with a number of council dwellings or shared ownership dwellings which I believe were meant to encourage the local younger folk to get a place to live. Albeit, it seems that work in these areas is not of a great choice and hence, some young folk in these places see no future either. If I was 30 years younger, I might feel the same as some of them. I can neither say they should get on their bike 'Norman Tebbit' style (as I did) or sit at home, take the dole money and blame everyone else for their misfortune.
You might have opened a can of worms here as many folk will have differing opinions and we will, if not already, be moving away from the thread title and Mr. MOD does not like that at all.