I asked my mate Jock O’Bernstein (or – as we call him –” Taff the sheep-shagger”) where he stood on racism and his answer was:
“The black bloke’s head”
..a reply that pretty much sums up his lack of understanding of some of the issues.
For a United Kingdom of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh* people presided over by a Queen of Germanic descent – with a Greek husband – we can be a remarkably intolerant nation.
About the only time you find the Welsh, Scottish, Irish and English** in one place are in a (probably racist) joke “at the pub”.
Perhaps I was not the only one to scan the news on the recent slaughter in the Egyptian football stadium for the phrase: “…believed to have started when some English football fans…”
Well, as I expect John Terry was saying to Anton Ferdinand;
all this unpleasantness needs to stop.
Times SHOULD have changed. In the old days it was entirely acceptable (standard Foreign Policy even) to sail to a country, claim it for God and (British) Queen. Then – after a quick 15 minute shouted pep talk about Christianity – leave a few Bibles (printed in English naturally) and clear off with all the valuable stuff (fair exchange = no robbery). Several die-hards have tried to resurrect the practice on our behalf at International Football Tournaments but it is becoming SOOO Dark Ages.
The basic rules seem clear enough: No insults based on skin colour, Ethnicity , Nationalist Stereotypes or sexual orientation. The onus is on the aggressor to take every reasonable step to determine skin hue, family history and preferred choice of sexual partner BEFORE abusing and/or committing physical assault on his/her preferred victim(s).
It MIGHT be best to get any prospective recipient(s) of gratuitous violence to complete – AND sign – a questionnaire before getting underway. Then stash it/them safely about your person (preferably where they are unlikely to get too blood-spattered) ready for later inspection.
The authorities aren’t complete killjoys though..and realise that “boys-will-be-boys”….the legislation does not – as yet – cover hair colour…“GET in!”
* Alphabetic order – too many immigrant races to list
(with thanks to the Daily Mail for the regular updates)
** Reverse Alphabetic order