Disgusted of Llanfairpwll
Published Monday, April 10, 2006 by Ifan M Jones | E-mail this post
Aida Edemariam from the Guardian reckons the Welsh are the touchiest people on earth
. How dare she insult us so!
This isn't really a matter of the Welsh wanting to be treated differently from anyone else, but of racists being treated the same whomever they choose to offend. Under laws that were not decided by the Welsh, the police in Britain have a duty to look into these matters.
A brief switcheroo of Welsh to Pakistani gives us the following:
Are Pakistanis the touchiest people on earth?
They certainly seem to be working quite hard at it. Over the weekend it emerged that columnist Cristina Odone has become the latest to fall foul of Pakistani sensitivities, for referring (in inverted commas, one might add) to "little Pakistanis" on Question Time. She has received a talking-to from the Pakistani constabulary - thus joining Anne Robinson ("what are the Pakistanis for?") and Tony Blair (overheard referring to the "fucking Pakistanis") in being investigated by the boys in blue for supposedly insulting Pakistani honour. AA Gill ("Pakistanis are stunted, bigoted, dark, ugly, pugnacious little trolls") and Jeremy Clarkson (who put a map of Pakistan in a microwave) were referred to the Press Complaints Commission.
Would that be referred to the Press Complaints Commission? It would probably end with Clarkson hurtling down the motorway tied to the fender of one of his beloved cars. Not because Pakistanis are 'touchy' but because they've got balls, something which the Welsh seem to have been lacking for a long time.
But, I hear you cry, it's OK to be racist against white people! Our fair skin is a shield that deflects the barbiest taunts. Well, that is true to some extent, because ethnic minorities in Britain are not on home turf and are therefore more vurneable.
So the truth is we just hate Anne Robinson, Tony Blair, AA Gill and Jeremy Clarkson, and like to see them get into trouble. And who left Janet Street-Porter off the list? Surely it's only a matter of time before she opens her trap and we can start on her too.
Perhaps it's another symptom of Wales's ongoing crisis of confidence.
Now we're into deeper territory, and unfortunately Aida doesn't substantiate this comment so it's hard to know where to start. Just, please, don't expect Wales to act like the bullied little brother who puts up with the abuse so that he can hang with the 'cool kids'. We don't have a crisis of confidence, we have one projected onto us by a country which sees 'not wanting to be like us' as a crisis of confidence.
Touchy? No, just tired of ignorance.