So-called liberal multi-cultural Britain is bullying one of the poorest countries in Europe. We have conveniently forgotten how far Romania has come in the last 23 years - from communist hell-hole to fledgling democracy.
In 2014 Nick Griffin MEP is due for re-election to the European Parliament. Shamefully I'm one of the people who helped him get elected in the first place.
Behind the political discourses, the media headlines, the highly-frantic speeches and the amusing campaign, it is easy to forget that we are dealing with human beings whose lived experiences cannot be reduced to mere statistics or neat caricatures.
Romanians are used to coming bottom of the European pile. I know, I'm married to one. He lives in Britain, and is often told he 'sounds English' - lucky chap.
In case you think the atrocious treatment of learning-disabled patients at Winterbourne View care home was a one-off blip
Welcoming Tommy Robinson into the political process also means that his Islamophobic rhetoric can be challenged head-on. On the streets, Tommy Robinson is heard and applauded. In political chambers, he will be undone.
It shouldn't matter whether Galloway is a Muslim or not. As a politician, he should be judged by his policies, his pledges and his achievements, not by his religious beliefs.
Almost ritually, the UN's Development Program ranks Norway as nothing less than the best country in the world to live in. Still, one man found life in our country so unbearable he chose to stage one of the most brutal terrorist attacks in modern history. A week into Anders Behring Breivik's trial, this paradox is continuing to baffle not only Norwegians, but the world.
British-based German comedian Paco Erhard, is taking his 5-Step Guide to Being German show to the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne