Rod Liddle

Sometimes stereotypes are true – and that includes the ones about the British

We drink, fight and shag too much. Not all of us, but enough for a Portuguese bestseller

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

‘No Jews, No Jews!’ the children were told when they attempted to enter the Sports Direct store in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The two kids were identifiable as Jewish from their school uniforms. They were 11 years old. It was a security guard who refused to let them enter the shop and, as ever when the media reports events such as this, we were not told anything about him, aside from the fact that he has been sacked.

Was he an actual German Nazi, do you suppose, a centenarian former concentration camp guard somehow omitted from Simon Wiesenthal’s list? I have my doubts. A goose-stepping white British Nazi? Or maybe one of the new anti-Semites we’ve been hearing about — a left-wing theatre director doing a spot of moonlighting, or a professor of socio-logy from something we used to call a polytechnic, extending his boycott to the purchase of training shoes and Lycra shorts? Again, I wouldn’t be so sure. My guess is that the security guard will have been a Muslim chap and that the store had been proud to employ him because of its commitment to diversity — and that his views about Jewish people were not touched upon at his job interview. ‘Hating Jews’ probably wasn’t on his CV under ‘other interests’.

It’s an assumption of mine, that the man was a Muslim. I suppose you’d call it a prejudice. Not all Muslims are anti-Semitic, even if virtually every Muslim state shows either mild or ferocious anti-Semitic tendencies. Not all anti-Semites are Muslim, either. But still, you examine the recent evidence and form a view. Sometimes that view is wrong, but mostly it isn’t.


It is very easy to form these sorts of casual views about the British, too. For example, it is a widely held view on the mainland of Europe that British women are the most gleefully promiscuous in the world. A few years back there was an opinion poll which asked the gentlemen of Italy, France, Germany and so on which country’s women they would most like to sleep with. If I remember rightly, the Italian babes came top, while British women — perhaps on account of their slatternly behaviour, weight problems, screeched obscenities and propensity to vomit — were at the bottom. However, when the question was turned around a little and the men were asked which country’s women they had already slept with, British girls topped the poll by a mile. A case of any port in a storm, I suppose. It occurred to me at the time that this perception of British women was probably a significant factor in our rapidly increasing tourist trade, with young foreign men flooding here on a sort of promise: they may yearn for the Ginas and the Lucianas, but at least with good old Kayleigh-Anne they can be guaranteed to fill their boots. Except of course not all British women are promiscuous. If the men arrived here and tried to pull the Queen, say, or one of those Liberal Democrat ministers you see on Question Time, for example, then I suspect that they would be given short shrift. Note — ‘I suspect’. I don’t know for sure.

A Portuguese academic working at Imperial College, London, has recently written a bestseller (in his native land) about how unspeakably ghastly the Brits are as a race. Jose Magueijo’s book, Bifes Mal Passados (‘Undercooked Beef’), seems to be an entertaining tirade of loathing at the country which has given him gainful employment. The women are promiscuous, he complains, and are apt to perform what the Daily Telegraph refers to as ‘a sex act’ in the street. Hmmm. That happened to me once, a long time ago, but it was a Russian lady who obliged. However, I suppose we should take Jose’s word for it, as it tallies with general perception.

He also suggests that northerners are fat (‘human whales’), that our women are prone to vomiting, that the men drink themselves into a stupor with 12 pints of beer when-ever they are not fighting like ‘unrestrained wild beasts’, that our lavatories are filthier than his grandmother’s poultry cage and that our food is primitive and foul. I suppose we might take issue with one or two details: criticisms of our food are hard to bear coming from the native of a country whose only contribution to world cuisine tastes like  Findus boil-in-the-bag cod chunks in cheese sauce served with Cadbury’s Smash (that would be bacalhau). We might also counter that if Jose thinks our lavatories are grim he should have a look at those directly across the channel, not to mention the dank fly-ridden swamps in Spain. We might also mention, quietly, that he has a post at one of the world’s top ten universities and that at least three other British universities are in that top ten, but there is not a Portuguese university in the top 200 (if they have universities). The moral is best summed up in an old phrase originating from Port Talbot (I think): Don’t piss on your chips, Jose. Even if you are convinced, expediently, that the Brits are redeemed by an ability to laugh at themselves.

But still, this is mostly chippy, defensive harrumphing and the truth is that most of us would recognise a certain accuracy in Prof Magueijo’s observations. He may have missed some of the nuances of English culture, but the generality is sort of bang on, isn’t it? Stand in the main street of any provincial town — and indeed large swaths of London — on a Saturday night and try to counter the professor’s contentions. We drink, fight and shag too much; we have become, as he says, unrestrained wild beasts. I do not think that we were always like that.

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  • GraveDave

    we have become, as he says, unrestrained wild beasts. I do not think that we were always like that.

    Lol ( and I do know you’re being sarky Rod) but every invader and colonist in our history was more psychotic than the last. Except of course for the smiling cuddly black folk and those from the religion of peace.
    Long live Diversity.

    • although the rates of teenage pregnancy and alcohol use in the young are down quite substantially over these past few decades. I’d probably also ascribe that to the religion of peace.

      • guest

        Religion of peace pregnancies are worse. Because there are so many of them and while we scream about controlling the animal population, no one has the bollocks to talk about human population and our high TFRs.
        Not drinking any alcohol is worse than getting punch drunk. Some of these angry “peaceful” people can do with some scotch.

  • AJH1968

    I will say
    this for British women; they don’t sport moustaches like they do in Portugal.
    Is he teaching in London still, and if so why? Kick him out of the country for
    Christ sake! He is a racist, not a semi racist.

    • GraveDave

      I believe in free speech, even for those who hate us. But this is typical of the parasites our country seems to attract. Love him to try writing such a book about Americans while living in America.

      • AJH1968

        Brits are always fair game, I think on certain parts of the continent (Europe) anglophobia is a popular pastime. Would be rather nice if anglophobia could be treated like that other phobia. With same mind numbing obsequiousness and deference. The Portuguese fellow responsible for the book is actually quite bright, so I would politely thank him for he’s contributions and tell him not so politely to s.. off.

      • Kennybhoy

        Chomsky et al…?

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        “I believe in free speech”
        How unfortunate that the UK MSM does not.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      “I will say this for British women”
      They have this amazing ability to spot the nutter at 30 paces.

    • Kenneth O’Keeffe

      He’s making an observation about a culture, not a race. Jesus!

      • Dorrie

        Kenneth, very often race and culture go hand in hand. The author of this book is an Anglophobe, preaching hate – a racist if ever there was one! Bet he isn’t planning to come back to a British university!

  • Kitty MLB

    ‘Italian Babes came first’ well Roddie if the grim reaper decides to drag me off this mortal coil then in the words of Buddy Holly ‘ I’ll be knockin on heavens door’ with
    a smile on my face. But might I add Italian genes can be unreasonable and explosive.
    A little composition of Elgar can sadly second that. A waltz in Vienna with a stranger would have been with Elgar. ( what about Austrian women Rod?)
    Keep up the excellent articles.. and don’t upset Lizzie.

    • Kitty MLB

      Oh just one last thing, you are being a little unfair about the English and our
      cuisine, it has improved. Life is busy so junk food seems easier and the climate is hardly the Mediterranean so people want to eat warming food and
      are not good at handling drink. And the way some ( not all) young women
      act today is to do with their generation and not what country they hail from,
      Farewell.

      • GraveDave

        We have some of the best dishes in the world.Just that few of us can afford to eat it or afford the establishments serving it.
        So Big Mac and fries it is.

        • laurence

          Dave, I think I am right in stating that some scientist fellow avowed that pound for pound, the McDonald’s double cheeseburger was the most nutritious thing you could eat.

    • Kitty MLB

      Also if Scotland leaves England will not have to put their
      clocks back..so maybe that will cheer everyone up.
      (And sorry, you know why to someone that is a summer person)
      And maybe people will stop eating junk food and Northern
      people will stop eating black pudding..and everyone under
      a certain age will stop vomiting in streets.
      Bye.

      • Kaine

        Black pudding is the food of the gods.

        • Kennybhoy

          Not quite! Tatty scone! 🙂

    • GraveDave

      What Buddy Holly song would that be?

    • AJH1968

      Nothing puts me in a better mood than Elgar.

      • frank marker

        I like him, but not sure he puts me in a good mood, more a melancholic one to be honest, e.g the adagio movement from his Cello Concerto.

        • Kennybhoy

          Indeed. In this regard I prefer the Jupiter movement from Holst’s “Planet suite” wherein the mood moves back and forth from solemn to jovial or Jovial even! 🙂

          • AJH1968

            Where would John Williams be without Holst

        • AJH1968

          I like moody music like Wagner, but for uplifting music I think there is nothing better than Elgar’s March No. 1 in D (I should have been more specific, sorry)

          • frank marker

            His In the South, a musical description of Alassio in Italy, is pretty uplifting too.

          • AJH1968

            Just downloaded the sheet music for the Canto Popolare, thanks for the tip.

          • frank marker

            You are most welcome.

  • hdb

    Historically muslims have been much less anti-semitic than Christians. When Spain expelled the Jews in 1492, the Ottoman Empire took them in. The establishment of Israeli and its treatment of the Palestinians (under the protection of the USA) has managed to kindle a sentiment in the Middle East that previously only had a home in Europe.

    • WimsThePhoenix

      I love apologists like you spouting history like that thing in your avatar.
      You also lie. “kindle a sentiment in the Middle East that previously…”

      That existed since the Koran was written 1500 years ago and just gets worse, you mean.

      A more pertinent comment is that Europe had finally abandoned anti-semitism until the pro-muslim Marxists like yourself whipped up hatred of the perfectly legal and restrained self-defence of an internationally recognised nation which consists not only of Jews but Arab muslims and Christians all enjoying the only democratic freedoms available in the Middle East.

      • Kennybhoy

        “A more pertinent comment is that Europe had finally abandoned anti-semitism …”

        Nope it only went underground in the aftermath of the Holocaust. You know, that event during our parent’s lifetimes when Europeans tried to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth.

        Whatever his motivations, what hdb wrote is historically pretty accurate and was commonly accepted as such by even the most staunch supporters of the Jewish people and Israel until quite recently.

        And before ye start, I am a fourth generation philosemite and Zionist.

        • Mr Grumpy

          One sweeping generalization refuted with another. As someone who knows a lot of Germans and has never heard anything anti-Semitic from any of them except one incorrigible Leftie, I’d say WTP’s is far nearer the mark. Eternal vigilance, nonetheless.

          I responded to hdb by pointing to the 1941 Baghdad pogrom and your comment seemed to suggest I was engaging in some kind of Holocaust denial. Given that that is not the case, would you care to respond to the point I was actually making?

    • laurence

      And Afghanistan and Pakistan and Rotherham and all because of Israel? Horsesh!t.

      • WimsThePhoenix

        The avatar is completely appropriate.

    • Andrew Morton

      Not having a phobia of islam. More a dislike of islam. But islamodislike is not a word either.
      Muslims invented the word islamophobic in order to further quieten Westerners when complaining about the awful chastising doctrine. It’s got nothing to do with fear nor race I might add.

      • Kennybhoy

        It was, quite cleverly actually, designed to mimic the legitimate concepts of antisemitism and homophobia and to deflect the accurate charcaterization of Muslims as, in the main, Jew hating homophobes.

        • Damaris Tighe

          Islam & the Palestinians have built their PR by constructing mirror images of their opponents. A sort of identity theft.

          • Kennybhoy

            Yup. Although not quite fair on the Palestinians back in their pre Islamist, Marxist “anti-colonial” phase. Not that I agreed with them back then, but that notion was not inherently or entirely innaccurate.

          • Mr Grumpy

            The Marxists tended to have Christian backgrounds. Christians were then a significant minority. Not any more.

      • Livia

        The people who quake in fear at all the imaginary terrorists hiding in their fridges and on their roofs and up their chimneys and on every corner of every street in the world seem a little afraid of muslims, as do the commenters on this very site who think that every muslim in the world is a “7th century barbarian”.

        You can say you don’t like Islam and not be called an Islamophobe. Allah is an imaginary invisible space wizard and believing in him is a bit silly, as is believing in all the other invisible space wizards, space carpenters, eight-armed elephant monsters, magic cows, alien-soul-spewing volcanoes, sun gods, giant space wolves, blokes with magic hammers and a magic morbidly obese vegetarian peacenik in half a bikini. Disliking religion is fine, it’s just when you tip over the edge and hint that all people who believe in the same wizard should be killed/deported/converted to another wizard/treated as a barbarian that things get a bit phobic-y. Now excuse me while I fry myself a few rashers of streaky bacon.

        • mandelson

          Mmm streaky bacon – only if its halal of course.

    • Mr Grumpy

      Baghdad pogrom, 1941. Foundation of Israel, 1947. Case dismissed.

      • Kennybhoy

        Erm European Holocaust 1941-45…?

        • Mr Grumpy

          Relevance?

          • Kennybhoy

            Are you really that obtuse?

          • Mr Grumpy

            Obtuse as I am, I was under the impression we were discussing the roots of Muslim anti-Semitism.

          • rightrightright

            The roots go all the way back to Mohamed and are documented in the Koran and Hadiths. Mohamed slaughtered his local Jews and called for all Jews to be killed.

          • Kennybhoy

            Aye and one might just as easily argue that the roots of the Holocaust go back to the Gospels…

            And before ye start, I am a devout Catholic.

          • Paul Hughes

            Whereas christians persecuted Jews as a result of reading that which Jews had done to Jesus, muslims are told from the first pages of the Koran that Jews are worthy of such treatment. I have read the first hundred pages of the Koran and had to stop because I couldn’t bear any more talk of how the Jews were worthy of contempt. I’d imagined I’d be reading a perfectly decent book. Instead I found myself reading a quite horrible treatise which justified hatred.

            One, therefore, is an action as a result of that which is read and the other is the following of an instruction.

            Therein lies the difference.

          • Damaris Tighe

            It’s not even clear that the gospel of St John – which is usually cited as the source of Christian antisemitism – is referring to the Jews as we understand the name. In the original language it may only be referring to a regional group, the ‘Judeans’ living in the south of the Holy Land, especially around Jerusalem, as opposed to the Galilleans who lived in the north. Both were of the same religion, but the Judeans were known for the rigidity of some of their sects – hence the conflict with Jesus.

          • rightrightright

            The historian Emmet Scott makes a case that the foundation of European antisemitism was to be found in Moslem Spain, as were the roots of the Spanish Inquisition.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            “And before ye start, I am a devout Catholic.”
            You just shot any remaining credibility in the foot.

    • Kennybhoy

      The sentiment already existed and had done since the C6th. Say rather that it was massively inflamed by, and took on a different character as the result of the establishment of Israel. A character, you are correct, previously mostly seen in Christian Europe.

    • global city

      appropriate avatar there

    • Paul Hughes

      The Ottomans imposed a tax in return for toleration. It wasn’t freely given.

  • souptonuts

    Back on form Liddley, nice one son

  • Hippograd

    It’s an assumption of mine, that the man was a Muslim.

    That’s because you’re a racist and Islamophobe. This individual’s totally un-Islamic behaviour was obviously caused by his participation in the security economy. It’s just like that regrettable business in Rotherham — it’s the economy, stupid:

    “In certain parts of the country, the place they go is the night-time economy,” he says. “Where you have Pakistani men, Asian men, disproportionately employed in the night-time economy, they are going to be more involved in this kind of activity than perhaps white men are. We keep hearing people talk about a problem in the north and the Midlands, and that’s where you have lots of minicab drivers, lots of
    people employed in takeaways, from that kind of background. If you have a preponderance of Asians working in those fields, some of that number, a very small number of those people, will take advantage of the girls who have moved into their sphere of influence. It’s tragic.” Nazir Afzal: ‘There is no religious basis for the abuse in Rotherham’

    Compare the situation elsewhere: The Night-Time Economy in Pakistan.

    • Ridcully

      Does Mr. Afzal have an explanation for why almost all of the “girls who have moved into their sphere of influence” were white?

      • Kennybhoy

        Because the sexual revolution and consequent destruction of the nuclear family left mainly white girls vulnerable…?

        • Ridcully

          That may well have been a factor, but if it were of matter of demographics as Mr. Afzal seems to be trying to suggest, then surely there would have been more girls from that same demographic involved?

          • Kennybhoy

            These bastards are not predators. They are scavengers…an infection feeding upon a self-inflicted wound…

          • Damaris Tighe

            They are also opportunists.

          • Kennybhoy

            Er that’s wot scavengers and parasitic infections are…? 🙂

          • Damaris Tighe

            Indeed. I wanted to use the term because there’s some evidence that they also attacked muslim girls if they thought they could get away with it.

          • Kennybhoy

            Thanks for this.I suspected as much and have been trying to find out if this was actually the case. Do you have any relevant links?

          • Damaris Tighe

            I think it was a segment of Radio 4 lunchtime news today – two long interviews with muslim victims & a muslim support group, explaining why the incidents are so under-reported. One big reason is that the victims’ families are often intermarried with the perps families.

          • AJH1968

            I do not want this sort of atrocity (Rotherham and elsewhere) to be filed away. The story needs to be kept in the public eye, PC apologists for this abhorrent behaviour need to be named and shamed.

          • Damaris Tighe

            I’ve seen several posts saying this both here and on Breitbart London. I think it reflects the fear that hysteria over the referendum & its aftermath is pushing other news out. Look for example at the never-ending series of articles & blogs on Scotland on this august organ even now, reflecting perhaps the Scottish Speccie journos feverish interest in the subject to the exclusion of anything else.

          • global city

            A left wing one to boot.

          • global city

            A left wing one to boot.

          • lobotomisedjournalist

            The problem with this view is that it tries to diminish the crimes of the many that did predate. It is a form of excuse-making. It also ignores the additional view of these predators that the girls themselves were worthless and therefore open to exploitation. Vulnerable or not, a self-inflicted wound or not, it is still a very culpable moral choice to ignore the vulnerability and exploit it so callously, so ruthlessly and so persistently as to totally de-humanise the victims. That is precisely where primitive religious views and racism help.

          • Noa

            “These bastards are not predators.”

            I disagree, that is exactly what they are.

        • Noa

          There are base, fundamental forces at work here, a male muslim desire to despoil Christian girls and a vile ‘brown on white’ racism.

      • Hippograd

        In fact, they were also abusing members of their own vibrant community, though this is under-reported because it’s much harder for Muslim girls and women to speak out. I doubt that it was on the same scale. Either way, it looks as though Mr. Afzal’s ingenious explanation for their propensity to commit rape and abuse isn’t right after all. And apparently the night-time economy has been booming elsewhere:

        The sexual exploitation of teenage girls was “endemic” in Sheffield during the early 2000s, a former care home worker has claimed. She told the BBC that girls were passed around organised groups of men and trafficked to other cities. Night-time economy in Sheffield

        • lobotomisedjournalist

          “members of their own vibrant community”

          Are you employed by a Muslim PR group, working for the Guardian or the BBC by any chance? Is it only the Muslim community that is ‘vibrant’ or can Jewish, Sikh or Hindu, or dare I say white British communities also share in that jolly epiphet?

    • William_Brown

      Shame on you Hippograd – you are part of the problem.

      • It’s incredible, isn’t it, the contortions these people will go through to blame all their ills on ‘capitalism innit’

    • rightrightright

      That’s the black economy more than night time economy – tax-free, cash in hand wages and loads of illegals.

    • mohdanga

      Muslim gang rapists are the fault of the economy?? Where are the white, English gang rapists then??
      Before the ‘Asians’ took over the cab trade was there a problem with white cab drivers and chippy shop owners?

      • Jackthesmilingblack

        Living in hedonistic, over sexualised society like Britain must be so frustrating for single Muslim males excluding from “getting into the culture” and a slice of the home comforts. But don’t for one second assume I’m making excuses for these child rapists. It’s their illogical, seventh-century religious beliefs that are to blame. Obvious solution: Deport the Muslims, starting with the men that have committed these terrible crimes against underage white women. Kick their arses out.
        Jack, the Japan Alps Brit
        And now a word from my deranged cyber stalker.

        • Fergus Pickering

          Execute them. That would be better, don’t you think? By beheading on television

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            Now that’s what I call prime-time television.

        • Kenneth O’Keeffe

          Indeed. By today’s standards, Mohammed the Prophet would be regarded as a paedophile!

    • lobotomisedjournalist

      “This individual’s totally un-Islamic behaviour”

      If you mean hating Jews, then you must be living in a cave. I have heard, directly, many, many times, vile anti-semitism – to be specific, hatred against Jews – come spilling out of the mouths of dozens of Muslims in many walks of life in many different places. So how is it ‘totally un-Islamic behaviour’ if it is practised by so many followers of Islam?

  • Damaris Tighe

    When on hols abroad I always want to eat the local food. But I gave up on Portuguese cuisine – it’s beyond disgusting. Spot on Rod – you made me laugh in agreement here.

  • beenzrgud

    I think the prof is wrong on a lot of points, but there is a whiff of truth to it too. For one, I have noticed that we tend to forego the continental bluster and arm waving, and just move straight to punching once an argument gets ‘heated’. I’m sure in the past this has caught many continentals off guard.

    • Kennybhoy

      It has indeed. lol

    • Kennybhoy

      Oh and if it is catching them “off guard” that you want then I recommend a “Glasgow Kiss” rather than a punch! 🙂

  • Right-Minded

    I suspect I’m part of the generation this Portuguese fellow and Rod refer too. In defence of my people I will say this, I despise modern British ‘culture’ because it is meaningless and stands for nothing – that’s not our fault, that’s your generations fault Rod. You are handing over a shell of a country compared to the one you inherited.

    Binge-drinking is the one aspect of modern Britain I’m prepared to get behind, I don’t go out often, but when I do (usually with the rugby club) we drink hard and fast. Our last tour was to Portugal as it happens, and I think the natives would agree, none of us returned with our dignity.

    • global city

      No, it’s Nick Cohen’s fault…not just his generation but the ideology he has trumpeted for decades

  • sarahsmith232

    Oh Liddle, luvvie, surely they can’t possibly be paying you anywhere near enough to make associating yourself with this silliness dribble worthwhile.
    – Stand in the main st in London and watch English people behave like this caricature? Hmmm, just exactly how long ago was it you did that then? Must have been a fair old few moons ago, which English people exactly? There isn’t any. Many young Europeans running about the place, not very many of our lot though.
    – And you obviously haven’t been keeping up dear, haven’t you noticed how middle-aged the new young generation bore is? Makes me think maybe the hedonistic excesses of my own 1990s slacker generation probably wasn’t really so bad, after all.
    – This lecturer is of a breed, bless him – disappointed and trapped in his irrelevance. His last book was universally scoffed at (it challenged Einstein apparently, hmmm. . . ), still desperately seeking significance though, he’s probably far more sensibly dropped himself down to his real level – a series of idiot statements marketed at Portugal’s most ignorant.
    – Surely the pension pot is doing ok by now, isn’t Liddle dear? The Spec’ seems to be going in for quite a bit of all these just designed to provoke, clickbait, not really very impressive things. Don’t do it Liddle, I really like your writing, don’t want to see you embarrass yourself like this.

  • I’m going to assume Muslim as well. The native far-left may be bonkers, but they are also cowards who will heap abuse on anyone from elderly UKIP activists and Israeli students to BNP skinheads when they have numbers on their side, but get one on their own and they’ll revert to sulky passive-aggressive mode.

  • Kennybhoy

    “..we have become, as he says, unrestrained wild beasts. I do not think that we were always like that.”

    This from a Millwall supporter? 🙂

  • Jose Martins

    Bifes mal passados translates as rare steaks.
    As to the book I wouldn’t give a spit for it, he’s just trying to call attention and make money the easy way on a Latin country: bash the Anglo-Saxons.
    As to his nationality, if he really is an academic then he’s an international moron.

    disclaimer: I’m Portuguese.

    • carpetburn

      Thats quite ironic as one of the portugese national dishes is steak.

      • Jose Martins

        We don’t call you Bifes on a derogatory sense.
        It’s enough that the writer of this article reacted in a stupid, arrogant and ignorant manner, don’t follow his example.

        • carpetburn

          Your projecting these qualities onto me mate. I am simply pointing out the irony of what you are saying as in my experience the portuguese eat more steak than the english!

          I have nothing but respect for the portuguese as they have helped me out at numerous times in my life in london. I have also enjoyed your women as girlfriends and eaten a lot of steak with their families in london.

          • They_Blend_In

            you’ve enjoyed his women?

          • carpetburn

            Portuguese women yes.

        • UKSteve

          I thought the article was excellent. Some of the observations of that so-called “professor” I have seen and recognise.

          But to tar a whole nation of people with stupid prejudices is like saying all black people are muggers, or all Muslims are terrorists. It is stupid to the point of offence.

          • Jose Martins

            Rod Liddle wrote “criticisms of our food are hard to bear coming from the native of a country whose only contribution to world cuisine tastes like Findus boil-in-the-bag cod chunks in cheese sauce served with Cadbury’s Smash (that would be bacalhau).”
            I don’t even know what he’s talking about, and I’ve been eating and cooking Portuguese fare for 49 years (with a 3 year interval in London).
            My point is: if this book had been written by an American the reaction would be subdued.

          • UKSteve

            Well, you don’t have much of a point, because you can’t know that for certain, but you don’t know Rod Liddle very well, as my guess is, he would rip into an American or anyone else..

            And TBH, it’s actually you who doesn’t know what he’s talking about, because salt cod (bacalhau) is a tradition going back 1,000 years, invented by the Portuguese.

            http://bacalhauchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/p/bacalhau-faqs.html

          • Jose Martins

            Listen carefully UKSteve, I shall say this only once.
            I am Portuguese, I know what bacalhau is. I don’t know what “only contribution to world cuisine” your Rod fellow described.
            Got it?
            now… stop it! I said I would say it only once!

          • UKSteve

            Then perhaps you should learn a language more thoroughly before you use it, so that you don’t look and sound like a knob.

            I’m trying hard to think of another “contribution”, and I can’t, even after visiting 4 times.

            Seems your academics are about as cosmopolitan as your ‘cuisine’. It sounds like a really stupid and vicious book.

            Got it?

          • Jose Martins

            UKSteve, you force me into it…
            Bacalhau is what we use to clean our women’s intimate parts, and then we serve it to unsuspecting tourists.

          • UKSteve

            As perfect a description of Portuguese cuisine as I’ve come across.

            You’re quite the ambassador.

  • global city

    Rod. You must be one of those slavering English nationalists that must be crushed and suppressed that your Jewish colleague nick Cohen identified as by far the most important problem that the country faces…especially if jockland makes its break for ‘FREEDOM’ tonight!

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      “your Jewish colleague nick Cohen”
      I though that was an Irish name.

  • Paul Hughes

    Anglophobia is OK because those who’d complain, if it were any other form of prejudice, are all too busy in their own putrid hatred of our nation, culture and history, leaving them unable to notice yet another voice chiming in. When we dislike another culture it’s racism. When we hate ourselves it’s ‘class consciousness’.

    • Sean L

      Or “anti racism”.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    You can`t be British if …
    -You don`t support a football team
    -You don`t eat British food
    -You don`t have an all-British family
    -You don`t make at least one spelling/grammatical error per sentence
    -You don`t use xenophobic expressions like “Johnny Foreigner”
    -You speak another language and have books `in foreign”
    -You live abroad of your own volition for an expended period
    -If you use US English expressions, i.e Monday morning quarterback

    If those are the criteria to be British, any chance of Iceland, Eire … stepping up to the plate?
    Live internationally, think internationally.

    Jack, the Japan Alps Brit

    • What a laughing stock you are indeed! “Books in foreign”—you can’t even string up a proper sentence in English yourself, “Japan Alps Brit”! Are you Autistic anyway or otherwise “thick” (having learning difficulties) or what?!

      • Kenneth O’Keeffe

        He’s being ironic. Let me spell it out for you. He is lampooning these ignoramuses by mimicking their own way of speaking. The fact that he put ‘in foreign’ in quotation marks should have been the clincher. Before you mock someone else for being thick, make sure that you don’t inadvertently prove it in your own case….kind of undermines the whole point of your exercise, doesn’t it?! 😉

        • No, he wasn’t! He was just playing being the Troll. I have literally read his more or less exactly the same words from the year 2007, under various aliases on Telegraph site, before he finally got fixated on his current daft Troll name, and would not re-invent himself after his last ban, then he started polluting the Spectator site. This autistic copy-and-paste Japanese idiot actually saves his own rubbish obviously and recycles it every now and then, more or less word for word, word by word! I mean, “books in foreign”: What does that even mean?!

          Do most people in Ireland have Chinese-language, French-language or Irish Gaelic novels at home?! Do most people in Japan have English-language novels at home?! No, in either case, so what is he on about then, anyway?! Do you attend all-Latin or all-Irish-Gaelic masses, including the sermon and the rest of the whole lot?! Still, don’t let my condemnation of his crimes against the English language get in the way of your trendy Irish anti-British whinge, eh?!

        • Jackthesmilingblack

          One of the symptoms of autism (and George has owned to autism) is an inability to grasp irony, humour, wit … in other words, a two-dimensional humourless rube.

          • This is from some idiot who thought that “divers” were not a word in the English language, and when confronted, refused to back down and made up nonsense in an attempt to back himself up. Can’t get any more autistic than that! You don’t know what humour or banter is, only self-righteous, know-it-all trolling!

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            Divers, birds
            Diverse, having variety, assorted
            Wake up, you autistic dimwit.

          • Are you Autistic with Tourette’s or what?!

  • Ganpati23

    I’d rather have a bifana or prego (or however they’re spelled) than any English snack. Best breakfast too. Not poncy Continetal, as it has lush, hot flesh between the bread – and the best type of bread I’ve found for this sort of thing, better than a bloomer or a baguette. But not as greasy as a fry up.

    But maybe Rod’s just using cliches not experience. But he’d never do that, would he?

    Mine’s a bifana and a macieira coffee, mate. You can stick to your reactionary, liddle-Englander muck.

  • Fergus Pickering

    I thought we were all homosexuals with stiff upper lips.

    • IainRMuir

      That’s what Americans think, San Francisco notwithstanding.

  • Adam Maguire

    No Rod

    we were
    always like that, I still remember a big double page article back in the early
    eighties in my Dad’s Observer or Sunday Times or whatever the hell it was
    bemoaning and comparing the tasteless scruffy assed English teenage yobbos with
    the elegantly attired roman contemporaries.

    On one side
    you had smoke filled spew covered ale houses belting out trashy morbid Thatcher
    hating watered down punk and new wave whilst on the other hand you had smartly civilized
    young pastel suited coffee drinkers peacefully gazing at the piazza…

    But then it
    is this almost tasteless lack of taste that has made and still makes to some
    extent our style and culture so appealing and vibrant even to the Italian latte
    drinkers.

    • lakelander

      You’re right. I’m 60 and I clearly remember such boorish tendencies when I was at school.

      • disqus_JXTaH3N9kU

        Well said to all of you above, You are entirely right. Most people have very short memories. Read virtually ANY book from any period in the past – whether it was written 50, 100 or 5,000 years ago, it doesn’t matter. There will nearly always be a comment or two complaining about “the youth of today”. I mean, just read Taki’s column any single week. It is an endless litany of how the past was so much better.

    • carpetburn

      Yes maybe the imitation of the english explains the amount of violent badly dressed italian chavs in the TV show Gomorrah representing 2014 Naples.

      Or maybe every country has an underclass if you can see past the stereotype.

    • Damaris Tighe

      When people compare cultures they often make the mistake of comparing two different social classes instead of like with like. The problem with England is that ‘underclass’ culture has perculated up to the middle classes (our upper class was always a bit rakish). ‘Middle class respectability’ has become the subject of derision & jokes. This is the difference between the 50s & 60s, & the present day.

  • Terry Field

    England is being raped by Islamic radicalism. (NOT radical islam, there is no ‘subset’ here).
    Will it stop it happening.
    Not chance,
    Jews are under threat in Britian.
    Britain is shameful.
    And gutless.
    And run by bastards with no moral compass. (Including the top echelons of the civil Service who knowingly protect the huge numbers if religious rapists in town after town, city after city)

  • Guest

    right now the british are weak, spineless, cowardly and appeasing

    it’s not a stereotype because they were not always all those things; it’s just the new-british thing, I suppose

    • Liz

      The men you mean, and they always were. British women have always had all the guts in this country.

      • infopoint

        What about Henry VIII?

      • Gwangi

        Oh dear, the manhater returns.
        Listen my little bigoted feminut, why can’t you see people as PEOPLE and not automatically defend any person who doesn’t have a plonker and hate anyone who does?
        British men died so you could make your thick and ignorant and selfish and pathetic and deeply disturbed remarks. Just remember that, pet, and make yourself a nice cup of tea before nurse comes with your injection again…

  • They_Blend_In

    ‘‘No Jews, No Jews!’ the children were told’

    maybe the security had just been turned down in his application for the right to return.

    • Guest

      aaww poor chap only has 58 (and counting) other muslim countries who could take him in, if those evil greedy jews did not ‘occupy’ those gigantic 0.2% of the Middle East…

      • They_Blend_In

        What if he’s a Christian Palestinian refugee, why should he want to live in Saudi Arabia?

        • artemis in france

          Israel would probably happily take in a Christian, whether he be Palestinian or not.

          • Damaris Tighe

            Israel has in fact taken in buddhist refugees from Vietnam & muslim refugees from Eritrea & Sudan – although the latter has now stopped as some of them behaved so badly.

        • waiting to inhale

          Israel is full of christians – the ones who escaped the ethnic cleansing in neighbouring muslim countries, including the PA territories

          he’d be more than welcomed in Israel, just like all the other are

    • waiting to inhale

      does that right to return extend to the 900,000 Jews and 2 Mio Christians expelled from arab lands over the last 150 years, or does it only work in muslim favour, like freedom of speech and taking offence?

      • They_Blend_In

        Do you believe Christians have a right to return to Israel?

        • Guest

          Christians actually DO live in Israel, Abdul!
          and they are not even persecuted, funny that.

          In fact, it is the only country in the entire ME where christian populations are rising!

          even under the evil Israeli ‘occupation’, both Behtlehem and Hebron used to be nearly 100% Christian (as were Egypt ,Syria and Lebanon of course), guess what they are now and what happened to all those christians…

          nice try, but your ridiculously ignorant taqiya only works in certain circles

    • Damaris Tighe

      Can you explain what your name means please?

      • They_Blend_In

        It refers to how those whose allegiance is to foreign powers go to great lengths to appear to be British patriots to advance their interests.

        • Guest

          you mean the 4 Mio muslims here and the 20 Mio muslims all across Europe, i assume

  • disqus_JXTaH3N9kU

    That last sentence was the one I picked up on too. Not always been like that ? Not always drank, fought and shagged too much ? Pretty standard practice when i was a teenager forty years ago. And for every generation ever since, and quite a few before.

    • Christian

      Let me acquaint you with crime statistics. The present is far far more violent and has far more crime than 30, 40, 50 years ago. Go back further and the gulf widens. The 50s was a golden age. No rose tinted spectacles required, just facts

      • disqus_JXTaH3N9kU

        Well, I simply don’t agree with you, Christian. Gun crime is clearly much more of a problem than ever before, But going to a football match in the early seventies until the early eighties was as often as not a truly frightening affair, and there were no end of areas / pubs / streets throughout England where fights at a weekend were so common that the police didn’t even bother to turn up and just let everyone carry on until they all dropped from exhausation. I also have more than a few friends who were attacked in the street brutally for absolutely no reason at all twenty or thirty years ago. And sex, drugs and drink back in the sixties and seventies? I think it is fair to say there was a reasonable amount going around. I will grant you that the fifties were undoubtedly a “golden age” in terms of lack of crime and better behaviour etc. But I’m also glad I spent as little time as possible in such a drab and dull decade.

      • Nessa

        I think the real rot set in in the 60s eg Manson murders but plenty of abuse was occurring in the 50s and earlier – it was just covered up.

        The people who write the history books are rarely at the sharp end.

  • Max07

    Inspired by Mr Magueijo’s touching account of the British people, I’m thinking of writing a book about Portugal and its citizens. As a tribute to Porto’s most famous dish, I shall call it: ‘The Portuguese: A Load Of Old Tripe’. I’m sure it’ll go down well.

  • Liz

    “However, when the question was turned around a little and the men were asked which country’s women they had already slept with, British girls topped the poll by a mile. A case of any port in a storm, I suppose. ”

    Or perhaps a case of British women preferring Italian, French and German men to neurotic, flabby British ones.

    • Jackthesmilingblack

      I’ve often said that British women are the worst option for British men, so it follows that British men are the worst option for British women.
      Combine emigration with foreign-born spouse acquisition; so obvious when you think it through.

    • infopoint

      The poll is not about the preferences of British women. The poll was for continental men, who first rated British women as the least they’d want to sleep with, then often admitted that they had slept with British women. However equally repulsive British men may be, this hardly paints British women in a good light.

  • Innit Bruv

    Why not wait at least until we know the identity of the guard? (You know guilty until proven,,,sorry:innocent until proven guilty…)
    Besides, what has this got to do with an article about a book written by a Portuguese academic on the subject of the English?- (for whom monkeymfc is hardly the best advertisement).

    • Mike

      Why, I’m not aware of any other religion other than Islam that wants to kill all Jews. Anyway, the MSM has a nasty habit of obscuring the culture of criminals and hate mongers unless they are white.

  • Kenneth O’Keeffe

    “Italian babes came first”. Except of course when there’s premature-ejaculation!

  • ilPugliese

    So you can’t criticise something about another country if your own country has issues? You can’t criticise something if there are worse issues elsewhere? I’ve been on the receiving end for criticising American food to Americans – “Well that’s rich coming from a Brit”.

  • Gwangi

    A homesick Portuguese professor writes drivel and you take it seriously? If he had a brain, he’d know Britain is a NORTHERN European country, which is ‘dry’ (ie which drinks booze without food to get drunk) just like Germany and other countries in the beer belt. He should try Russia! And my god he lives in London – an international city. He should try living in Dundee or Wolverhampton and then see how he likes it!

    As for food, well Portugal is hardly famous for it – and the big problem with British food today is that you can’t find traditional British dishes anywhere, and when you get Sunday lunch in a pub, it is undercooked by some Pole of Aussie or Kiwi who thinks vegetables cook in 3 minutes!

    ‘If I remember rightly, the Italian babes came top, while British women — perhaps on account of their slatternly behaviour, weight problems, screeched obscenities and propensity to vomit — were at the bottom.’
    Well, that’s feminism, folks – which has encouraged our girls to behave as badly as the worst of men as a right and something to be proud of. In places like Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece the only women who behave in such a loose way ask for payment for it – and good for them! Many women also find the drunken leery of young British women vile, I know – I visited an old lady get-together recently and they were nattering about that very thing and ALL of them were disgusted at the behaviour of young British girls.

    • Liz

      Still socialising with your misogynist mother then.

      • infopoint

        You’re subscribing to Gwangi’s assertion here, the false assertion that feminism encourages ‘leery drunken promiscuity’ and that feminists will call anyone who doesn’t a misogynist. There’s no need to stoop to his level.

        • Gwangi

          My level is far too high for any Sisterhood hypocrite to stoop too. Why? Because these gals have their heads permanently wedged up their punanies to notice the real world getting on with its business around their self-obsessed pity parties. Nothing I say in my post is wrong, factually. Got that?

      • Gwangi

        Oh so my mother’s a misogynist now? How pathetic! You clearly never meet NORMAL women at all – they probably don’t let you out of Holloway much though eh? But listen, loonie Liz, most older women deplore the sl-ttish, leery, drunken behaviour of younger British women. For them, and for most women around the world, behaving like a drunken loose hoor when you are not one is just disgusting.

        • Guest

          Wow. You really are a fucked up weirdo, aren’t you? Norman Bates eat your fucking heart out 😀

  • Diggery Whiggery

    “I do not think that we were always like that.”

    Nope 60 years of statism has led us to this place of moral decay. Are we proud of ourselves, or are we a bit ashamed?

    Either way we’ll continue to say to ourselves “couldn’t give a …. mate” and carry on.

    • disqus_JXTaH3N9kU

      Don’t be so silly. The last sixty years included government by those well-known socialists Churchill, Eden, Douglas-Home, and Thatcher. And you think there weren’t entirely self-centered, violent, horrible people living in the forties and fifties ? And the 19th century and the 18th century ? And indeed in every single minute of human history.

      • Diggery Whiggery

        You’re quite right I shouldn’t have said socialism but statism. It comes to much the same thing though. Socialism is of course a form of statism, but statism is not necessarily socialism.

        And Churchill was the biggest statist of them all.

        “And you think there weren’t entirely self-centered, violent, horrible people living in the forties and fifties ? And the 19th century and the 18th century ? And indeed in every single minute of human history.”

        Of course not, but there’s a difference between there being people like that in society and the state slowly turning them from the social exception into the social norm or from an exception into a stereotype.

  • Sarka

    Thee’s some quite entertaining literature written by various foreigners (mostly Italian, some Dutch) who visited England in the 16th century. Complaints included:
    – The English are dirty and smelly…Their eating habits are ghastly..they just chuck the bones on the floor under the table when they are done. Even their court banquets are completely uncultured…everybody gets smashed and people fight over places.
    – They are drunk a lot of the time. They are over-emotional (that was an Italian diplomat!) people and very loud and shouty.
    – They are very violent. All classes of them. Not in the Latin carry-a-dagger way, but in an in-your-face way…They mostly hit people with large sticks. Groups of men (drunk) will wander about and attack foreigners with sticks for no reason.
    – Their women are mouthy and omnipresent.They use dreadfully bad language and are.always sitting about in the street chatting and not being good housewives. They dress indecently. Women kiss men – any of their friends, not just husband – on the lips, in greeting! Can you believe it, how slutty!? Even men kiss each other on the lips – as a normal social thing – it’s revolting!
    -Their parenting habits are bad. They must hate their kids, since not just aristos but even tradesmen keep swapping them between households from about eight…

    • disqus_JXTaH3N9kU

      What ? You mean we have always been like that ? What a surprise….

  • artemis in france

    David Ginola was the first to dare to say it and he received quite a bit of abuse at the time, but his words were prescient. He issued them more as a warning, I think, in the hope that the women about whom he spoke would modify their sluttish behaviour. Stereotypes don’t appear out of thin air. It’s a little like “no smoke without fire”, although admittedly sometimes when accusations are flung around about someone this isn’t always true. Still, you’re right Rod. It wasn’t always like this. I’m 65 now but when I used to go to clubs like the Marquee we never drank at all, except perhaps half a shandy, and certainly wouldn’t have considered knee-tremblers in the street. The idea of being so drunk one could vomit in the street was unthinkable. Well for my daughters it still is, I’m glad to say, but then in France, thankfully, restraint is still considered compulsory.

  • IainRMuir

    Perhaps he’s concerned about the effect that Brexit might have on his nice job in Kensington.

    I think he’d be OK since he’s clearly not entirely stupid. I which case he must be aware that at least we filthy Brits can survive in spite of being net contributors to the EU, unlike his sunnier paradise in the south.

  • Hoot_Gibson

    You say:
    “My guess is that the security guard will have been a Muslim chap and that the store had been proud to employ him because of its commitment to diversity”
    This is claptrap Companies like Sports Direct are more likely to employ an Iraqi, Somali or even Afghan asylum seeker working under the radar for a bowl of rice each day.

  • Liz

    French, Italian and Spanish men are much better bed fellows. For a start they’re easy lays, you don’t have to sit up half the night listening to them drone on about their “interests” before they’ll whack it out, like you do with British blokes.

    • Clive Mather

      In your comments here and in response to other Spectator articles you have expounded at length, in fact at very great length, about the deficiencies of men. None of your comments have the merit of originality nor do you provide evidence for your views.
      One could be forgiven for concluding that you are a sour, bigoted, opinionated bore. You will not have encountered many witty, stable, clever men because anyone half-decent with average levels of perception would avoid someone like you like the plague.

      • Liz

        See what I mean.

        • Nessa

          Where did my comment go?

        • Clive Mather

          Oh very clever.

      • mustbenice

        How lovely for her that she has a stalker 🙂

        • Clive Mather

          Interesting…so if someone criticises another he/she must be a stalker! Presumably Jim Murphy is Alex Salmonds’ stalker, and vice versa! ‘Stalker’ here is used in the same way as ‘paedophile’ was used against Jim Murphy during the Scottish Referendum, i.e. as a random swearword tossed at someone like a grenade, but unrelated to any underlying reality. Could it be that ‘Liz’ and ‘Mustbenice’ are the same person?

          • mustbenice

            No, if you’re a stalker you’re a stalker. Stalking a person from comment to comment makes you a stalker. I merely read your comment where you personally, stated that you do exactly that. Ergo, you’re a stalker.

            But thanks for playing 🙂

            Yes, only one person on the entire internet thinks you’re a douche and has to masquerade as two people. That must be it 😀

            Hey, you know what I have found in life – the most devious, unethical liars always assume other people are too. And those who automatically assume that someone has multiple accounts invariably have several accounts themselves.

            Interesting, eh?

          • Clive Mather

            If reading comments made by others is ‘stalking’, then every single person in this and every other blog is a stalker, and everyone who regularly reads a newspaper columnist’s articles is ‘stalking ‘ the columnist!

            Where in my comments is the justification for the following passage in your comments?:
            “I merely read your comment where you personally, stated that you do exactly that. Ergo, you’re a stalker.”

            No, you do not need to be a liar to suspect deviousness in others, you just need a modicum of imagination combined with a worldliness derived from experience. ‘Takes one to know one’ is a phrase used by children and morons.

            You’re comments are so far removed from evidence and logic that I wonder if you suffer from schizophrenia or some similar malady.

            I can reassure you that I would have absolutely no desire to stalk you or indeed to have any personal contact with you in any shape or form whatsoever (ditto Liz).

            To accuse someone of being a ‘stalker’ and/or a ‘liar’ without evidence is defamation. Please note that if your accusations were made in such a way that both you and I could be easily identified you would soon find yourself ‘stalked’ by a lawyer bearing a writ.

    • Nessa

      That doesn’t sound like any British man I’ve ever met

  • therealguyfaux

    “… We drink, fight and shag too much; we have become, as he says, unrestrained wild beasts….”
    Why, you say that, as if it were a BAD thing!

  • Mike

    The main thing that puts Brits apart from most other nationalities is that we can laugh at our own social deficiencies where they exist rather than pretend they dont exist. I have no problem with stereo typing and don’t take offence by it like one ethnic group who shall be nameless.

    Lets face it,

    The French are an ungrateful lot of sods for still hating us after fighting two world wars to rid the Germans from their country.

    The Germans are arrogant bunch, lack a sense of humour and believe they own Europe (which they might well do).

    The Dutch are somewhat boring but harmless for the most part what with smoking pot and growing Europes supply of Tulips.

    The Belgians are very boring but with a French temperament which probably explains why the EU is based there.

    The Med countries like Spain, Portugal & Italy are bankrupt, corrupt and profligate and only good for cheap plonk, sun & sex.

    The Scandinavian countries are in the process of converting to Sharia law due to their even worse immigration polices than Britain.

    Eastern European countries are always on the look out for a free meal ticket from the EU and especially the UK.

    Finally, Americans for the most part are quite generous but lack worldly awareness.

    Is there any one I’ve missed out on insulting ?

    • terence patrick hewett

      Plenty: in the 1930’s a book was published called “The Dictionary of Racial Insults” The English came top of the heap with fully 28 pages of abuse directed at them. The Germans came a very poor second with only 10 pages. It was one of the funniest and most enjoyable reads that I have ever experienced. I have been trying to trace a copy ever since. There is not even a copy in the British Library. Ho Hum.

      • Mike

        I did a quick search but couldn’t find the book either, perhaps the PC fascists had a electronic ‘burning’ of books and its been erased from history.

        I did find this interesting list of racial slurs, innuendos and downright racial hate against white people in their names for us and the list was enormous.

        Of course, many words in all peoples slang can be used in two different contexts either descriptively in a harmless way or as a direct racial insult. There lies the problem for the PC crowd in interpreting it and even more so with the ‘N’ word referring to blacks by white & other blacks alike.

        http://www.rsdb.org/race/whites

  • Nessa

    If we’re going to stereotype the British working classes let’s examine the amorality of London academics:-

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/01/isobel-jones-reilly-inquest-ecstasy-party

    • Nessa

      Long gone are the days when I had any respect for academia

    • Bill_der_Berg

      Some years ago a London-based Portuguese physicist was in the news because of his views on the sexual incontinence of his fellow academics. It must have been Prof. Magueijo.

  • obert

    Rod Liddle you are simply a brilliant man.

    “If the men arrived here and tried to pull the Queen, say, or one of those Liberal Democrat ministers you see on Question Time…”

    ha ha ha. Genius!

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  • John Steadman

    Say what you like about offensive foreigners and some ethnic minorities – and I’ll be more than likely to sympathise – but it would be plain blind to deny that when it comes to yobs and slappers the UK, and England especially I guess, must be nigh-on world-leaders.

  • Bill_der_Berg

    You do not hear about incidents like this in other countries.

    “There was further trouble when racist comments were allegedly shouted by a Yes supporter at Abdul Salaam, who is a member of the far right English Defence League”. (The Times).

  • Guest

    We also do it outside, why not? A pleasure of something to remember. But for the rest it’s really very bad. That’s why we can’t change so easely culturally speaking. Tha author should know that we have 1001 way of cooling cod fish (bacalhau). 😉

  • João Camacho

    We also do it outside, why not? A pleasure of something to remember. But for the rest it’s really very bad. That’s why we can’t change so easily culturally speaking. Tha author should know that we have 1001 way of cooking cod fish (bacalhau). 😉

  • Bill_der_Berg

    “I do not think that we were always like that”
    .
    I am old enough to remember the time when pregnancy outside marriage caused great shame and much gossip, at least to families belonging to the respectable working class. A ‘summons’ to appear before the magistrate was also cause of disgrace.

    Those attitudes were not very healthy either. There must be a happy medium.

  • margolis marmite

    These muslims that were not born here or have dual passports need shipping out.

  • massgorgeous

    The thing about ‘our women’ being prone to vomiting must be true, Rod, because every word you write makes me want to vomit, you sick, ugly, sexist, racist twat.

    • Nessa

      I like Rod – he winds people up and says what a lot only dare to think

      • mustbenice

        And what millions would never think but a vocal few prefer to believe people do think.

      • Guest

        What a good little arse licker you are 🙂 Stay right there on your knees, it will get you a pat on the head, and even a little approval from the creepy sort of men you so desperately, needily seek to please 🙂 Well, at least until they treat you like shit again.

  • Santiago Mattamouros

    What the hell has this poor guy eaten in Portugal that “tastes like Findus boil-in-the-bag cod chunks in cheese sauce served with Cadbury’s Smash”? This should have been in Algarve, where we send all ignorant britons, that do not know that Coimbra University is older than Oxford or Cambridge. As for british food…

  • FrankS2

    Makes you proud to be British!

  • Thaddeus lovelock

    All, nationalities, have an embarrassing side, its human nature.

  • Anthorny

    In the brilliant 2006 Civitas publication, The Retreat of Reason, Anthony Browne argued that our political correctness classifies certain groups of people as victims in need of protection from criticism and allows no dissent to be expressed. This fact is poisoning the wells of debate in modern Britain, he said. He gives some examples of factually incorrect arguments that trump factually correct ones, because they are PC, including:

    Issue – Rise in anti-semitic attacks;
    Politically Correct Truth – White skinhead;
    Factually Correct Truth – Muslim youths.

    Thus on the security guard case, we can therefore be certain that the anti-semitic individual was a Muslim.

    Furthermore, as the media never details the religious beliefs or ethnicity of perpetrators of anti-semitic attacks, child grooming rings, missing presumed back-garden burried daughters etc etc, those of us with a keen sense of investigative deduction will always conclude correctly that they are Muslims.

  • Gaberlunzie

    If he’s living in London, what would he know of the personal behaviour of British people, has he ever met any ?

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