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The suspect bomb in London.... but this comment really annoyed me. It feels vaguely racist and yet I am not sure it is..

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BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 09:50:01

All options, including the Irish, are open at this stage," said the source.

expatinscotland Fri 29-Jun-07 09:55:30

Right up there with the weather lady on GMTV this morning who pointed to the bands of rain and said, 'But it's okay because it's moving up to Scotland at the weekend'.

I'm with you, though.

Of course, if you point out that you're even the teensiest offended by such you get told to chill out, stop taking things seriously, etc.

My test is always this: take out 'Irish' 'Scottish' or 'Welsh' and insert 'Indian' 'Pakistani' or 'black'.

If it sounds offensive then, that's because it is.

BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 09:56:50

Thanks EPIS, thats what I was thinking.

Professorfilthymindedvixen Fri 29-Jun-07 09:57:22

why could they not just say ''all options''?
Very odd, at best.

BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 09:59:50

Whoever he was it appears to have escaped his notice, that there has been an outbreak of peace in Nothern Ireland.

Gerry Adams Martin Mc Guinness and Ian Paisley are all sitting down around the one table.

So why the fu** would they need to be considered?

homemama Fri 29-Jun-07 09:59:53

Even worse when they say scotch!
Visions of driving past Gretna and being unable to move for bottles of whiskey wandering around!

They should have said Irish Paramilitaries if anything.

hatwoman Fri 29-Jun-07 10:00:26

slightly depends on context. if it was talking about causes or contexts or issues then it's ok, if it was talking about suspects - ie people - then yes I agree with you.

hatwoman Fri 29-Jun-07 10:01:13

well ok apart from the point Bree makes in that it seems pretty unlkely!

BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 10:02:11

The whole article is here

DrunkenSailor Fri 29-Jun-07 10:02:29

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Carmenere Fri 29-Jun-07 10:04:02

It is offensive.

hatwoman Fri 29-Jun-07 10:04:29

you;'re right - it's ill-thought out and does indeed sound racist

BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 10:05:52

I wondered if I was just being sensitive but it would appear not.

DrunkenSailor Fri 29-Jun-07 10:06:37

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BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 10:08:33

I wasn't going to say anything about your spelling, just in case you are Irish and will blow me up.

Or would that be a one size fits all attitude.

foxcub Fri 29-Jun-07 10:08:44

It is offensive as it refers to a race - rather than to "paramilitary groups based in Ireland". The wording Implies "the Irish" are potential terrorists.

I'm old enough to remember anti Irish racism in the 1970s/80s and all the draconian legislation such as exclusion orders and Section 21.

HappyDaddy Fri 29-Jun-07 10:09:02

It's offensive and shows why the mainstream media will never be trusted fully. They are all lazy and stuck in their ideas.

homemama Fri 29-Jun-07 10:09:38

Just read the article and yes, it does sound offensive. It's the collective terminology that's the problem.

BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 10:09:48

LGJ waves to HappyDaddy. Where ya bin ?

pagwatch Fri 29-Jun-07 10:21:04

Well at least to be fair they headed that guys comments with "no intelligence"....

CaptainUnderpants Fri 29-Jun-07 10:22:22

Iam sorry to say ( well not really ) that I am always a bit about these 'terroism experts' and their 'sources'. All bloody speculation and scaremongering .

FluffyMummy123 Fri 29-Jun-07 10:24:45

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BreeVanDerCamp Fri 29-Jun-07 10:25:59

Cod you are incorrigible.

FluffyMummy123 Fri 29-Jun-07 10:26:27

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CaptainUnderpants Fri 29-Jun-07 10:26:39

So has he ever worked in terrorism or has he just read alot of books about it

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