He was a punk. She did ballet. Can I make it any more obvious ?
He worked at Ford's. She taught girls to dance. In their spare time they threw themselves into endless rounds of charity work. Like virtually everyone in Barking they came from east London stock and voted Labour. Some of their closest friends were councillors. They loved the area and its community. The less fortunate people were, the more they loved them. In common parlance they were, and are, a salt-of-the-earth couple. In retirement they have continued to help others. It's in their nature.
But a long time ago, maybe more than 10 years ago now, I began to note an edge of genuine anger creeping into their talk, with sentences that started I'm-not-a-racist-but...
Irish Republican cheerleader Georgina Henry can sympathise with nationalist voters, even if they haven't yet reached the preferred political sophistication of blowing people up or shooting informers in the head.
The truth is that - rightly or wrongly - many traditional Labour voters believe this government has ignored their priorities. Whilst we can never support a vote for a racist party, one can - and must - understand the sense of frustration which leads people to do so.
Nonsense, says Brownie at Harry's. Whatever happened to good old working class progressive pretension, eh ?
"The people responsible for this are those who voted for the BNP and, lest there be any doubt, there is no excuse. If you vote for a party grounded in transparently racist ideology and which promotes nakedly sectarian policies, you legitimize it. For both genuine socialists and those with any progressive pretensions whatsoever, there ought to be no greater crime."
Coming it a bit strong, aren't we ? Call me an unpretentious sort, but don't you think kidnapping a journalist, stripping her, drilling holes in her legs and an eye, then videoing her having her head sawn off, a greater crime ? I wouldn't do that to Polly Toynbee.
You can see the BNP voting figures here. Food for thought.
Scum ! Vermin ! cries Muriel Gray from overwhelmingly monocultural Scotland (yes, I know there are a few intracultural issues).
There can only be three reasons for voting (BNP) ...
The first reason would be that the voter is terminally stupid and doesn’t understand the covert bile that is being presented to them.
The second reason would be that the voter is a horrible, racist, homophobic, evil bastard.
The third reason is that the voter is a combination of reasons one and two.
... those people, thankfully in a tiny minority, are still, and most probably always will be, morons. All the BNP have proved is that they are getting better at winkling out these appalling people ... a few ghastly people with ugly views ... nasty little people ...
Come on, Muriel, tell us what you really think of them.
If Labour shifts its policies, even by a fraction, to appease these bigots instead of listening to the decent law-abiding majority, then the victory won by the BNP will be bigger than just a few council seats.
After all, "anxious and harassed Muslims haven’t set up and voted for an Anti Kuffir Party".