(I can remember people saying that quite seriously) His Master's Voice has this story about an alleged lack of ethnic minority people in senior jobs in Reading Borough Council. Whatever. Thanks to a reader for pointing me to a comment on the story, which mentions me in person, by which I am hugely flattered. The author of the comment is one Tony Knott, who may well have had a good lunch when he wrote it, I reproduce it here, so that those who know him as a former Labour Party agent and mover in Reading Labour circles may know what his views seemingly are:
Again what a load of PC rubbish! What with Harriet Harman going on about women in the Labour Hierarchy although she successful beat 4 men for the deputy leadership and the rubbish female candidates in the name of positive discrimination that have been foisted on Reading Labour Party members over the past thirty years (Mauve Denby, Jane Griffiths, and Ms Dobbs. Now this rubbishy, no doubt publicly paid for, Quango report is it not about time this council got its priorities right. Go on councilors you have a great deal to do. Get our failing education and schools improved, kick the a****s of the officers of the children’s department and social services which were left to go to rack and ruin. Why aren’t private hire drivers not tested on the town’s “knowledge” and why some of them have difficulty in speaking and understanding the indigenous langue. That would all be discriminatory! Ethnicity, disability, gender and sexual orientation should not be the issue – it should be all about ability. Reading has about 12% ethic minorities so a 12+% is about right. If anything there should be a wee bit more positive discrimination for the white indigenous population of this town? I walk about some areas of Reading and wonder what country I am in. Go into Lidl in Oxford Road and you rarely hear the native tongue at all. Did someone once say when in Rome…? Tell that to the Poles, Romanians, and Albanians etc. I sometimes wonder what and why Mr Sohpal gets paid by we the tax payers to fling about biased aspersions and unproven statistical bunkum just to justify his superfluous employment. I believe many immigrants to this country and especially from Indian sub-continent have enhanced our own culture and workplaces by being prepared to assimilate into our way of life. The other should take note.
Leaving aside the barely literate spelling and syntax (what is it with the Reading Labour boys that they can't write English properly? I am pleased however that of the names of the three women he derides, one of whom is currently a party candidate in Reading, mine was the only one he spelt correctly) I wonder if Mr Knott remains a member of the Labour Party? Publicly slagging off people who are members and candidates is at least a disciplinary offence, unless you are one of the boys of course, so Mr Knott is unlikely to have his collar felt by party top bananas.
Tony Knott was last seen up before the beak in Reading for racial abuse and assault. Nice chap. The reader who pointed me in the direction of Tone's comment described Mr K as a "slimy twat". Seems fair.