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The perils of social meeja

I do Facebook mainly because the marketing people at Headline want me to, but there are times when I wonder whether it’s worth it. Yesterday was one of those days.

My (real life) friend Michael Robotham posted a funny about the potential aftermath in London of Andy Murray’s win. Shortly afterwards this drew a comment from a woman who chose to insult my nation by labelling us xenophobic. I should have known better, but I got involved. When I attempted to correct her . . . gently, I thought . . . she then insulted me, by calling me a bigot. Shortly after that, her posts were deleted; by her or by someone else, I know not. I haven’t forgotten, though. I have blocked the lady on both Facebook and Twitter, and if she ever shows up on this blog, I’ll block her here also. Why have I done this? For her own good.

For  the record, I do not believe I am a bigot. I was brought up surrounded by bigotry, in a part of Scotland where it was all too common, and I loathe and detest it in all its forms.

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  1. Pat Wright
    July 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Maybe the worthlessness of Facebook . is its giving entre to the least tolerant possibly least intelligent in this world. I hope they appreciate it, BTW, I was just waiting to congratulate Scotland on Murray’s victoryand to share your pride. NOT xenophobia or bigotry to love your own country-it used to be called patriotism.

  2. Alison
    July 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    There is a world of difference between patriotism and xenophobia (and indeed bigotry). Murray is a Scot, pure and simple. I’m sure he thinks of himself as Scottish first and foremost and British second (if he must). After all I always consider myself to be Yorkshire first, English second, British (if I must). It’s pride in your origins and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    • July 10, 2013 at 10:07 am

      You’ve just confirmed what I’ve been saying for years. The Wars of the Roses linger on.

      • Alison
        July 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        Damn those Lancastrians…

  3. Joy
    July 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Until faced with a bunch of southerners, then we Lancastrians and Yorkshire folk will close ranks.

    • Alison
      July 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      But of course! It’s what families do…

  4. July 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    A couple of decades ago, my dear but departed friend Jack, who was from Glossop, Derbyshire and very proud of it, told me of a poll that was taken in his office to choose the Scottish National Anthem. ‘Flower of Scotland’ placed third. Second was ‘Que Sera, Sera’. The overwhelming winner was an untitled ditty, with a short and simple lyric, ‘If you hate the ******* English, clap your hands’.

    That doesn’t make up xenophobes or bigots; it shows we like a laugh, that’s all.

    You could try replacing ‘English’ with ‘folk from south of Watford’, but it wouldn’t scan.

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