At time of writing, it’s good to see that 85 per cent of Daily Mail readers believe that gypsies should be allowed to jump NHS queues. Voting in the Daily Mail’s poll is a wonderful way to wind-up the newspaper that has done most to make far right views acceptable in Britain today.
The election of two BNP MEPs earlier this month did cause a short pause for thought. Peter Obourne blamed Labour for failing to get its vote out. A journalist called Tozer (honest) was engaged to have a pop at one BNP MEP’s German heritage, BNP leader Nick Griffin was called a bully and racist Tory students were exposed.
But we all knew the Daily Mail would soon revert to type. This poll is inspired by Richard Littlejohn’s column which leads on Fast-tracking the Tarmacing community on the NHS… scroll down and he follows up with an attack on Martin McGuinness, who he alleges is a racist.
Travellers have always been an easy target for racists and Littlejohn plays well to the Daily Mail gallery. These aren’t even proper Romany gypsies, he complains hysterically, but ‘Irish tinkers, itinerant scrap-metal merchants, scruffy hippies left over from the 1983 Glastonbury Festival, or dubious waifs and strays from Eastern Europe doing a bit of freelance begging.’
According to Richard Littlejohn, the edict that they should receive special treatment comes from the ‘diversity industry’ which ‘which takes sadistic pleasure in persecuting the taxpaying majority’. Yet there is enough in Littlejohn’s article to see that he is talking nonsense.
Travellers do suffer significantly poorer health than the rest of the population and the NHS is right to act on that. Richard Littlejohn probably feels they should all live their lives as he lives his and become Daily Mail readers.
Presumably, one of the people his fellow columnist Max Hastings feels is being ignored by politicians, Richard Littlejohn has done much to create a political environment in which racism is acceptable. Let’s hope the travellers continue to reject Littlejohn’s way of life and the politicians continue to ignore him: vote yes to gypsies jumping NHS queues.