My e-mail to The New European

Hello,

This evening, as I dashed out of Sainsbury’s, I glanced at the newspaper- and-magazine stand and saw a Daily Mail/Express-like front page. My eyes went up to the heading, but it said “The New European”. “Could be interesting”, I thought, as I had heard of the organization.

As I paid for it, I was asked where I was from and was told that people were not very happy with the image on the cover. “You don’t do that to the leader of a country. You wouldn’t do that to the president of France either.” The person in question was very friendly, and I said that I agreed with her, because I do. I also said that I would let you know.

When I came home, I discovered that this is a magazine by Brits for Brits, but Brits think that it is by foreigners and for foreigners (as I, a Dutchwoman did too) and your cover is apparently being blamed on us foreigners in the UK. I can’t say that I am pleased with that.

Apart from that, the cover lowers you to Boris Johson’s standard of “letterboxes”, “tank-topped bum boys”, “piccaninnies with watermelon smiles” and the like. Is that the best you can do?

Best regards,

Angelina Souren
Dutchwoman in the UK

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I applaud Steve Walsh, the “gas salesmen” from Hove near Brighton

A few days ago, I set up a petition to nip any further discrimination of Asian people in the bud here in the UK, after I saw what was happening in my home country the Netherlands.

Of course, nobody’s interested.

Thankfully, Steve Walsh, the unlucky dude – it could have happened to anyone – who went to Singapore and then to France, having no idea he carried the Covid-19 virus – and then came back to England spoke out, which helped. I am very grateful that he did this, this very healthy-looking blond Englishman.

I just read in the Guardian that he is currently

feeling “very harassed” and “scared that [he’ll] become a scapegoat”

 

which he apparently said in the Times, but the Guardian did not link to the article and I haven’t been able to find it yet.

If he does become scapegoated, blame super wimp Matt Hancock who’s always been super-good at super-blaming super-innocent people and spreading lies in a very subtle way.

The wimp – Hancock – should speak up and tell his disciples that his kind of blame game is not on before it gets to that point. But he can’t, can he, because he’d have to quit playing it too, then.

The other problem? The English see themselves as super-calm and in control, but they can actually be total drama queens who love making mountains out of molehills. That’s because of the gossip aspect of the culture, methinks.

 

PS
For the record, this gentleman from Hove works in the area of the supply of gases for scientific use, such as argon, in labs like the ones I used to work in a long time ago etc. He does not go door to door to sell gas for cooking stoves.

Cultural differences

After I moved back from the US, a long time ago, someone in the Netherlands – a female friend – got really annoyed with me one day and accused me of having adopted the American way of kissing people on the cheek.

It thoroughly confused me, having no idea what she was talking about.

I ended up wondering for a while if I subsequently made a fool of myself when I tried to “correct” my ways.

Fortunately, nobody’s ever complained since then.