To respond briefly to the spirited letter (Mailbox, June 28) from your lady reader who objected to my views on immigrants. (I’m sorry she wasn’t confident enough to put her name to it.)
Taking her final point first. The overall aim of my letter was to condemn what I felt was a strong vein of xenophobia running through the earlier correspondence.
I still believe it was, and comments made to me confirm that others think so too.
I don’t need to have a personal special interest before taking that matter up: I took it up because I believe the whole world suffers through the lack of understanding and misunderstanding amongst different peoples.
To characterise the ‘other’ indiscriminately as bad and inferior, makes it easy to attack them, sometimes a deliberate goal. Development of better understanding is sorely needed. The more you meet the other, the more you realise we’re all much of a muchness.
I’m glad to hear she comes from and is part of an honest, hard-working family. Me too!
My dad was hard working for two or three pounds a week when I was born in Spalding. (It was quite a long time ago!)
I satirised the expression ‘honest, hard-working English’, because it was being used in the correspondence simply to add lustre indiscriminately to the English, with intent to darken the immigrant by contrast.
Watch out for that expression ‘honest, hard-working’. It’s much in vogue at present, and its aim is not accurate description, but to create division.
I’m sorry about the personal experience she describes of offensive behaviour by immigrants. I don’t support bad behaviour from anyone, English or immigrant.
Since she says she’s observed it, I hope she’s challenged it, or at least taken it up with the relevant authority.
However, I do realise that any response from that direction might not have been enough.
As to the unpleasant event witnessed in Winsover Road, I think she must have been lucky if she hasn’t seen a comparable English performance in Spalding.
I’ve even seen the same rite performed by a young woman in broad daylight down at the bus station.
As to the change in this ‘pretty market town’, just to fly over it quickly reveals the impact of immigrants is minute compared to that of other factors.
Finally, I take heart that she treats everyone with respect. If everyone did that, the result could only be good.