A Lidl surprise. This happened shortly after I had read Michael Rosen’s recent blog poem that deals with the idea that the ‘working class’ and ‘migrants’ are different groups and that the latter have to be kicked out so that the former can ‘get their country back’.
Ahead of me in the checkout queue today was a 30-something white Polish (I think) man with a boy aged perhaps nine or ten. The boy was much darker skinned but I assumed they were father and son from the very un-English way way they embraced each other while conversing in a bantering manner. I thought they were speaking Polish but then heard the father say: “It’s up to you.” They were interweaving their home language with English. Meanwhile, the Eastern European checkout operator dealt with her young daughter, who was hanging around the till, by hugging her and speaking to her in English. This was a living moment of cultural integration: hopefully our future.
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Dear John, Enjoyed your last post! Now what a mess we are in! May I say it sounded like “The Last Post” when the results were announced! Now Cameron is going, and we have the joyful 3mths ahead ,of Conservative leadership elections. Now whoever it is in Oct. will not be elected by the British people. So following on our referendum and all this talk of ‘the will of the people,’ can I assume that a General Election will/should be called. just in time for Christmas? So seasonal confusion will help the voters! Hope to see you soon Pax et Bonum Love Rita
Last post for the existing UK – yes. Huge changes and battles ahead unless Boris changes his spots again and renegotiates with EU. who knows what will transpire ? See you soon x