A new ‘most griped at’ award

OVER the years I have received large numbers of correspondence relating to my column. (Thank you all for that). Some are sent direct to the EWN, but the higher percentage, many far too long to publish, are sent directly to me. Up to now my biggest response was when I scribed that, in my opinion; all large dangerous breeds of dogs should be either put down or placed in a zoo. That remark, I seem to recall, took up a special EWN page to accommodate the onslaught of ‘slings and arrows’ (‘My kootchie coo Rottweiler ‘Fang’ wouldn’t hurt a fly’ etc.) Well, since my recent piece on our friends from Alemania, lo and behold yet another is reaching for the coveted title of ‘most griped at’. Firstly I am, to use the most overworked word in the English language – amazed at the amount of German readers I appear to have on board. Secondly I am also ‘amazed’ at the number of you that accused me of racism. Well before we go any further, let’s just get the definition of racism straight. Racism is when someone is derogatory towards another simply because they are who they are. I have never done this in my life. I don’t care if a person is black, white, yellow or green. I don’t give two bits if someone is Catholic, Protestant, Muslim or Methodist. It makes not the slightest difference to me if a person comes from Mannheim or Outer Mongolia. I don’t give my opinions, derogatory or otherwise, about who people are, but what people do. It’s the actions of folk that invoke my reactions. If I feel the antics of certain people need to be brought to the attention of my readers and they happen to be to be of a certain type, or come from a particular background, so be it. I don’t single people out simply because of colour, creed or race and I don’t retain favorites either. In fact if you look back over the years, it is the Brits themselves who have born the greater brunt of my dissentions and I’m one of the most patriotic Englishmen you could hope to find. One of the extreme downsides of modern society is people’s tendency to scream racism whenever home truths are aired. Well, I’ve experienced true racism, both in Rhodesia and South Africa and I can assure you, there is simply no comparison between that sort of unacceptable horror and people simply airing their opinion of others in public. I’m sorry if anyone takes offence, but they are of course simply my own opinions and if anyone feels the cap fits well… Anyone is free to write in. If their opinions are relevant, interesting and fairly short they all stand a fair chance of being published, that’s what free speech is all about. 
Keep the faith.
Love Leapy.   [email protected]

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