Wednesday, 12 June 2013

The indigenous British are of no account in Leicester then?

An interesting conversation by email, reproduced below, between a member of the public and Sir Peter Soulsby which took place late 2012.

To Sir Peter Soulsby,
Mayor of Leicester.

Dear Sir Peter,

Having just watched your enthusiastic celebration of the 40th anniversary of Idi Amin's gift to the people of Leicester (BBC East Midlands Today September 10th), I wonder, in the spirit of democracy, if you have any concerns or any message for the indigenous people of Leicester, who might be alarmed, worried and distressed at finding their City to now have a minority population of people of their ancestry?

Yours etc.

Dear Sir
                                                                                                  
I have received your somewhat strange email from Grantham. Fortunately your attitudes are not shared by the vast majority of Leicester people from all communities who value and appreciate the diversity of our great city.

Yours sincerely

Peter Soulsby
City Mayor

Dear Sir Peter,

Thank you for your reply to my email - I am at a loss to see why my email was "somewhat strange" as I merely asked if you have any concerns or any message for the indigenous people of Leicester, who might be alarmed, worried and distressed at finding their City to now have a minority population of people of their ancestry?

It is a very simple question. Or is my demographic incorrect?

As to your assertion that my "attitudes are not shared by the vast majority of Leicester people from all communities who value and appreciate the diversity of our great city", I wonder where you came upon this information - for example, do you carry out opinion polls, or ask people you happen to meet day to day in the streets?

I am fascinated to learn of your source of such information and look forward to your reply,

Regards

Dear Sir
 
I have received your further email. Leicestershire Police Authority commissions a monthly survey which among other things asks residents for their views about community cohesion. I would therefore suggest that you refer your question to them.
 
Yours sincerely

Peter Soulsby
City Mayor

Dear Sir Peter,
Many thanks for your email (below) - the very thought of the police asking Leicester residents of indigenous British ancestry whether or not they approve of a multicultural/multiracial Leicester and of their status as a minority in that city, would be funny where it not so sinister.
Now that we have laws criminalising comments which potentially could be described as "insulting" and "racially aggravated, causing harassment alarm and distress" would, I'm sure, dissuade most people from giving anything but the "correct" answer!
Yours etc
Dear Sir Peter,
Further to my earlier correspondence, Clarissa Dickson Wright probably reflects more accurately the feelings of indigenous British people who live in Leicester than you do. She is honest, a rare quality in Politically Correct Britain.
Definition of a "liberal" - someone who cannot take their own side in an argument.
Yours etc

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