Tuesday, 4 August 2009

would you want your daughter to...

(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.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The trouble with Sohpal,to put it simply, is that he is uneducated-in the broadest sense of the word.As a child his circumstances were such that he never attended school for more than a couple of years and,consequently,never aquired the intellectual equipment,or knowledge, to cope with the complexities of modern society.He has embraced three religions in his time,Sikhism,Hinduism and finally Islam.He is singullarily unqualified to comment on multi-culturalism for the simple reason that the man is without culture of any kind...his ludicrous attempts to pass himself off as a true born englishman earned him the ridicule of the Indian community...apparently he wants to be buried with the Union Jack wrapped around him..one could go on...
As for Tony Knott that man has history...ask around..prison time may have been an option way back in the mid eighties..something to do with pornography one seems to re-call..

Anonymous said...

Not only that but it is, as usual for Mr Knott, a stranger to the truth. You, of course, beat four men to the selection in Reading East in 1995 as anyone who has read you fabulous book would know.

Mr Knott has form on slagging off Labour candidates and the boys in Reading are quite happy for him to do so.

St Martin S, Reading said...

And why shouldn't Old Tony not be concerned about the difficulty that some people experience with the 'indigenous langue'?

jane said...

and as someone has pointed out on the comments in His Master's Voice, if my selection as Labour candidate was "foisted" by "positive discrimination" then nobody told the Reading party members. The selection was not from an all-female short list or an all anything short list. If it hadn't been for my presence on it it would have been the traditional Labour selection short list - all male.

Anonymous said...

Also, you won the seat twice. Tony Knott's boy lost the seat to the Tories. It's clear what his vicious old queen agenda is.

Anonymous said...

Is this a first - someone commenting on their own Blog?

Anonymous said...

anonymous 20:50 No.

jane said...

hardly a first - the comments thread ought to be some kind of dialogue - have you not read blogs before?

Anonymous said...

yes but you comment was originally the first, which is a first! Do keep up.

The Ministry of Truth lives

jane said...

dear oh dear, have a look at some other blogs - what goes on this blog is what I allow to go on here, if you don't like it read something else or start your own blog

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 00:32.

Some people are so arrogant that they believe nothing happened outwith their experience. If you'd been around here any length of time you would have experienced Jane posting before. Things do happen that you do not know about.

Anonymous said...

If we are talking of 'foisting' - this applies to the attempt to foist Tony Page upon the electors of Reading East, when they had returned Jane Griffiths as the Member in 2001 with an increased majority.

The Reading East electors, fortunatly, weren't having it - also see Totness primary and 'trust the electors' etc etc.

Anonymous said...

Re:Sohpal's'religious beliefs' I have had occassion to raise the matter with the mosque.The matter being his infuriating habit of regarding himself as a 'spokesman'for'our community'.The man has no authority,formal or spiritual,to do so and I hope people of whatever faith take due note of the fact.