‘You owe us because we helped defend your country’

December 1, 2014


By Morava

HISTORIC DEBTS: I am pictured here in front of the Memorial at Devin Castle that commemorates the deaths of Slovak citizens escaping communism. Former Polish war veteran Captain Zbigniew Mieczkowski says the situation is self-inflicted for the UK for not protecting the Czechs, Slovaks and Poles from Communism when Europe was partitioned after the Second World War.

303 Squadron

DEADLY FORCE: The insignia/coat of arms representing the Polish 303 Squadron that fought to defeat the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain in 1940. It scored the highest number of enemy hits despite entering the battle two months after it started.



POLISH, Czech, Slovak and other East European workers make a major contribution to the regional economies of Dorset and Somerset.

I say this after plans were announced by the Government to restrict working and family tax credits to migrant workers after they have lived here for four years and can’t be allowed to send tax credits to families back home.

But aren’t we obliged to look after these migrant workers after they were invited to come and work here to take some of the lower-paid jobs that could not be filled by indigenous workers, despite local agencies highlighting these vacancies.

A Young Czech man told me a few days ago how the average wage back home is no more than £500 (17,400CZK). If you were facing that scenario and and reading this were in their shoes, perhaps you would take that opportunity to fill a vacancy whereby you could double or triple what you would otherwise earn.

In making this announcement David Cameron spoke about the role Polish and Czech pilots of Squadrons 516 helped to defend this country from the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain and had the highest rates of kills. This has been previously highlighted by this blog.

In response on Twitter the Czech ambassador Thomas Prouda, with a picture of the Czech fighter squadron, wrote: “These Czech ‘worked’ in the UK for less than four years. No benefits for them?”

On a Newsnight programme, entrepreneur Magda Harvey, who came from Poland to work in Croydon in 1991, said: “Everything that is said in the media makes me angry. I feel unwelcome at the moment. For the last 24 years I never felt unwelcome, but in the last year or two I really feel it.

“We are not from the benefit culture. We have been told for years that if you want to achieve anything you have to work – no matter what your status is, you have to work.

“The whole idea of the EU is the free market and free movement. If you want the free market, you can’t restrict the movement.

“For years I have been voting Conservative, now it has got to the stage there is nobody that I want to vote for.”

Polish war veteran Captain Zbigniew Mieczkowski, who was evacuated to the UK after the collapse of France and then served as a troop commander in the Polish division of the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944, told the programme the historical ties between the countries could not be just dismissed when handling this issue.

“David Cameron is undoing the great statesmanlike worth of politicians like Winston Churchill to consolidate Europe as one great continent. To dismantle this would be catastrophic for the British and to the Europeans.

“At the same time I am rather disappointed him linking the Polish people with other nations coming to this country because we played a very special role in the Second World War and after all, it started in Poland. Neville Chamberlain promised help and it never came.

“The Poles helped to win the war for this country (the UK), our pilots fought in the Battle of Britain and the Polish scientists who discovered the Enigma Code and this led to the war finishing much quicker than expected.”

“Mr Farage is a pain in the neck because he is creating a situation for the Prime Minister to gain votes and for this same reason, he is saying things that are very unpopular in this country and he thinks it will help him and it is my feeling that Poland should have a very special case because we are not the same league as Hungarians, Romanians and other people.

“We were fighting together against Germany during the Second World War. We helped you to win the war. We should be recognised in a different way.

“The workers here are producing very good results and they add to the prosperity of this country, so everybody knows that all these Polish people came over here have a higher education and they work on a much lower grade, simply because they want to help their families in Poland.

“It is a well-known fact that the standard of living In Poland is much lower than the English but who are responsible for the standard of living? The British, because you produced this situation you left us, the Czechs, the Slovaks and everyone else alone under Communism for 50 years.”

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virus December 1, 2014 at 6:50 am

I’m not on either side. I’m foreign living here for almost a decade. I think that the immigration and social system is need to be looked into but in a same time I think that every case should be looked and treated individually. Separating this and making segregations by the nations and origins is wrong


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