Andy McDandy wrote:
Stephen Lawrence works for the Mail as a convenient get-out, as much as calling the BNP 'vile' when agreeing lock stock and barrel with their policies. How can the Mail be racist when they've done so much for the memory of Stephen etc etc?
Well, to be fair to the Mail, they don't come out and say "We hate anyone not a British WASP". They often give the impression that they just love people of other extractions*. As long as they behave and obey the law. And let's be fair, the mail will castigate anyone who doesn't do that - as long as they're not a pie-chomping sales executive from Corby, and the law in question is automotive speed-related.
But the thing the Mail does very well is suggest that while it would love to embrace all the residents of these isles and love them all, the black chaps do kind of bring it on themselves by constantly acting like a mash-up of Presuming Ed**, Stringer Bell*** and Louis Farrakhan. Sitting on their arses, selling crack and hating whitey.
*The Express is another matter altogether. And as for the Sun, well, it's nothing if not savvy to the prevailing folk wisdom.
**Fat bloke at the end of Withnail and I.
***The Wire's brilliant eminence grise behind the Barksdale Crew.
Which is what I'd have said if I'd been clever enough.