Flickr/Wally Grom

"We've heard France is nice at all times of the year."

At the end of 2013, "transitional curbs" on the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who can live and work in the European Union will be lifted.

But Britain is looking ahead. Ministers are brainstorming a "negative advertising campaign" in those countries -- targeting Britain. The Guardian reports that one man behind the report seeks to "correct the impression that the streets are paved with gold."

While the government ponders ways to smear itself abroad, Guardian readers have jumped right ahead in a poster contest sponsored by the newspaper. One shows England sinking beneath rising sea levels. Several attest to the famously bad weather. Here are some suggested slogans:

  • "UK? YUK!"
  • "IT'S BETTER WHERE YOU ARE. FANCY HANGING ON THE BEACH WITH DAVID CAMERON AND OBSERVING DEAD SEAGULLS? NEITHER DO WE. BRITAIN IS SHIT."
  • "Britain -- we only haven't left ourselves because the public transport isn't running."
  • "Don't come to Britain: It's full... of alcopops, asbestos, bad housing, bishops, the British, chavs, Closer magazine, corrupt politicians, cuts, the Daily Mail, dodgy scientists, dogging, drugs with stupid names, drunks, dying bees, dying trees, the EDL, England, fascists, fat-necked imbeciles..." And so on.

Our favorite? A poster of David Cameron with the text, "Government Isn't Great. Britain. We're ashamed of him. Romanians and Bulgarians welcome."

Check out the full collection of posters on their site.

Top image: Flickr user Wally Grom.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Equity

    Berlin Builds an Arsenal of Ideas to Stage a Housing Revolution

    The proposals might seem radical—from banning huge corporate landlords to freezing rents for five years—but polls show the public is ready for something dramatic.

  2. Design

    A History of the American Public Library

    A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

  3. A photo of a design maquette for the Obama Presidential Center planned for Jackson Park and designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
    Design

    Why the Case Against the Obama Presidential Center Is So Important

    A judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by Chicago preservationists can proceed, dealing a blow to Barack Obama's plans to build his library in Jackson Park.

  4. Maps

    Mapping the Growing Gap Between Job Seekers and Employers

    Mapping job openings with available employees in major U.S. cities reveals a striking spatial mismatch, according to a new Urban Institute report.

  5. Transportation

    You Can’t Design Bike-Friendly Cities Without Considering Race and Class

    Bike equity is a powerful tool for reducing inequality. Too often, cycling infrastructure is tailored only to wealthy white cyclists.