IN ANSWER to the enquiry regarding the Telegraph’s article stating that Polish prisoners are told to ‘start a new life in Bognor Regis’. I imagine this is something of an urban myth which originates not from a Polish prison but more likely from our own green and pleasant shores.
I have myself heard another urban myth; that the staff in our Polish shops won’t serve British customers. I have been into a few and I have found the staff friendly and welcoming.
I would not take rumours of this kind seriously at all, even if you have read one in the Telegraph; but even if this were absolutely true,
I think that repeating it in print is no more than a cowardly form of racial abuse.
I am surprised that the Observer printed a letter on it at all. I believe in freedom of speech, but there are laws to protect our ethnic minorities from racist attacks.
With regards to the suggestion about the answer to the perceived problem of having ‘all and sundry’ here, suggesting that the British sail off to ‘a new island with a kind and balmy climate’. Did we not already do that when we sailed over to India, Africa, America etc, stuck a flag in the ground and said, ‘This place is ours now because we have more guns than you’?
We live in a multicultural world. For every person of ethnic minority here there will be a Brit out there somewhere. I like that. I also admire the way that the people in the countries we simply took have been big enough to forgive us and put our empire-building past where it belongs.
I hope readers are not so hopelessly blinkered that they cannot have a change of heart. I look forward to the day that we can put this kind of thinly-veiled racism behind us too.