Woodhouse right about tolerance
IN his article (The Sentinel, December 20) John Woodhouse infers that "tolerance and warmth is a feature of life" in the Staffordshire Moorlands despite the population being 97.5 per cent white British.
I would rather suggest it is precisely because the area is 97.5 per cent white British that it is a friendlier place to live and more tolerant.
Indeed, this communal warmth and tolerance might be severely tested if there was a large influx of a certain minority groups demanding their own school and place of worship.
I can't see a mosque fitting in architecturally next to St Edward's Church. Perhaps one would be better sited next to The Quiet Woman Pub?
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He then goes on to say he hasn't seen any "people in fields burning crosses with pillowcases on their heads". Suggesting what exactly?
Also, journalists can state an area is "the third whitest place in Britain" because of its demographic. Conversely, would they state that an area is "the third darkest place in Britain" if it had a different demographic? Now that would be terribly politically incorrect wouldn't it?
John worries that the Staffordshire Moorlands might attract certain "unsavoury types" believing it to be an aryan utopia. Notice the word "aryan", implying Nazis. Really John, would you write that the Muslim area of Leicester might unwittingly attract hate preachers and potential suicide-bombers?
We all know that would never happen. Instead the truth concerning some of the migration of white British people to the Staffordshire Moorlands might be easier to ascertain. I suggest it is to get away from Stoke-on-Trent.
Those that can leave do so, for shall we say, a slightly less multicultural paradise.
A friend of mine comes from Croydon and is still a Crystal Palace fan, bless him. However, ask him if he would go back to live there and you'd ascertain he'd rather live in a shoebox in Fegg Hayes.
Finally, Mr Woodhouse, if you keep on hinting that maybe the "hideously white" population of the Staffordshire Moorlands is somehow a little bit backward for not being more like lovely London, then expect to be in the doghouse. Or maybe you'd fit nicely in a Wicker Man?
ANDREW WASHINGTON Bucknall