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The Dragon Says: Insults Based on Background Have No Place in Guildford

Published on: 28 Jun, 2016
Updated on: 29 Jun, 2016

Dragon Says 470Reports from a reader that his English born son, who happens to have a brown skin, was asked when he would be “going home”, or of a Big Issue seller told to “go home” outside Sainsbury’s, in the High Street, are two examples of racist behaviour witnessed locally in the wake of the EU referendum.

We believe such behaviour is unacceptable to all decent Guildfordians, whichever way they voted in the Referendum. Whatever someone’s origins, those who have come here, perfectly legitimately, EU nationals, asylum seekers, students, or whatever, must remain welcomed.

Guildford is now their home too and they are our neighbours. We must continue, all of us, to treat each other with courtesy, respect and humanity, regardless of our background. Thankfully the overwhelming majority already do just that but we must remain on our guard to call out this vile behaviour wherever we find it.

It is not British, it is not patriotic and it is not right.

Anyone who thinks otherwise should recall that, within living memory, many of our forefathers, together with many others from all parts of the world, died or were maimed in the fight to liberate Europe and against a regime that discriminated against, and treated dreadfully, groups they did not like because of their race or grouping.

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Responses to The Dragon Says: Insults Based on Background Have No Place in Guildford

  1. Jules Cranwell Reply

    June 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Absolutely, and that goes for the entire UK.

    We should remember that we are nearly all immigrants if we go back far enough, excepting the survivors of the ancient Brits and Celts.

    In my case my forefathers came from Flanders in 1066, as part of William’s posse.

    Where do you think the Angles and Saxons came from? Should we all “go home”?

  2. John Schluter Reply

    June 28, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Not just Guildfordians, any right-minded person should be appalled by this behaviour and encouraged to report such incidents. Now is not the time to resurrect the BNP.

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