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Allison Pearson, that peddler of moronic drivel, has sunk to a racist new low with this pile of wank:

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RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Wed 17-Jun-09 20:06:17

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scottishmummy Wed 17-Jun-09 20:13:29

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RealityIsMyOnlyDelusion Wed 17-Jun-09 20:15:51

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NotQuiteCockney Wed 17-Jun-09 20:17:04

God, and will people stop saying burka when they mean niqab?

Umlellala Wed 17-Jun-09 20:19:30


just ridiculously stupid.

EccentricaGallumbits Wed 17-Jun-09 20:20:11

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scottishmummy Wed 17-Jun-09 20:23:06

i saw a man in a suit being challenged for fare evading

dangerous and subversives those suits

Tortington Wed 17-Jun-09 20:27:36

i think trying to tout your own made -up catch phrase is crass.

"Despite a growing acceptance that multi-culturalism has been deeply damaging to race relations...,"

is there? does this refer to something else?

whilst i do believe that there are some dishonest muslims who do hide behind islam or use their culture or religeon to further their own ends - this could be said of almost any section in society.

it is disgraceful that this woman bunked the train

but is this seriously an article in a major british newspaper essentially based n a woman bunking the train?

i saw 3 teenage boys get off the train from london to brighton - immediatley they got off, they made a mad dash for the barrier - they jumped it with ease and escaped into the city.

it was wrong - but are they representative of all teenagers?

the article is inciting hatred and the author should be ashamed

dollius Wed 17-Jun-09 20:32:46

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HelloBeastie Wed 17-Jun-09 20:33:55

"How exactly are British employers supposed to avoid hurting the feelings of grievance-mongers like Fata Lemes?"
I'm thinking, maybe not forcing female employees to wear a revealing dress would be a start? I'd be pretty pissed off if someone told me I had to wear that to work. Mind you, I imagine I wouldn't have got the job originally, with the age and the chubbiness.

Reading the (much more fair and balanced hmm) article here, the money was, in fact, awarded for sexual harassment and the employee's religion had nothing to do with it.

PortAndLemon Wed 17-Jun-09 20:36:59

"At no point in the statement is there any mention of compulsory English lessons."

Similarly, at no point in Ms Pearson's output is there any mention of the fact that as an adult it's quite difficult and time-consuming to become completely fluent in another language, and that perhaps if you are in a situation such as a police interview where it's reasonably important that you understand the nuances of what is said to you and the police understand the nuances of what you are saying to them it's a good idea to use an interpreter.

We have MNers who have lived in various countries for some time and consider themselves reasonably fluent in other languages as a result, but it's clear from threads on here that they sometimes feel out of their depth with more technical or specialist vocabulary. I wonder how Allison Pearson would cope, even with compulsory language lessons.

I've seen people (normally women, admittedly) of various racial groups get away without a penalty fare by doing a "helpless" act. It's interesting that Allison Pearson has only apparently ever noticed this one occasion with a Muslim woman (or has only bothered to tell us about this one occasion). One would almost imagine that she harboured conscious or unconscious racist views, but I'm sure that can't be right...

JackBauer Wed 17-Jun-09 20:39:17

She makes me so angry. I wish I could get paid loads of money by letting my brain vomit words into a newspaper article without worrying about engaging common sense.

scottishmummy Wed 17-Jun-09 20:39:45

well,DM universally stereotypes and offends most groups
>working parents
>career women

KingRolo Wed 17-Jun-09 20:40:28

Vile, vile, vile.

SomeGuy Thu 18-Jun-09 00:19:44

Can someone explain why she got £3k for refusing to wear that dress? to+wear+revealing+dress/

bigted Thu 18-Jun-09 00:30:08

I suspect the views expressed here are not typical.

fortyplus Thu 18-Jun-09 00:34:57

'And the disgraceful capitulation of Sainsbury's to Islamic checkout staff who refused to sell alcohol. '

My friend's daughter is a vegetarian and refuses to work on the meat counter at Sainsbury's. They happily accommodate her views.

Would AP think that Sainbury's were disgracefully capitulating to vegetarians or is that not newsworthy?

SolidGoldBrass Thu 18-Jun-09 00:36:34

I do think that the dress-row-waitress sounds like a money-chasing arse given that she had a picture of herself on Facebook wearing something about as revealing (it's either wrong to show bare arms and cleavage or it's not.) Though it is, of course, possible that the waitress used to have the picture on FB, got superstition and started covering up and some helpful former friend went public with the 'before' shot- anyone got any info on that?

fortyplus Thu 18-Jun-09 00:37:31

lol at 'got superstition' grin

UnquietDad Thu 18-Jun-09 00:42:35

My mother smugly quotes the police inspector who was talking about the challenge of coping with 300 languages. Every. Bloody. Time. As if this somehow, you know... proves something. Always with an expression halfway between a hmm and a Judgey Margaret Mountford.

(She was very calm, you know, this inspector, very calm. Just stating her case. And she was saying. that. it. is. a Problem. I am not Making This Up. et cetera, et bloody cetera.)

MachuPicchu Thu 18-Jun-09 00:49:20

Gawd - I must not read DM articles before bed... makes me far too cross

PortAndLemon Thu 18-Jun-09 01:00:28

SomeGuy -- IIRC, it was held that the way in which she was ordered to wear the dress (the comments made at the time, etc.) amounted to sexual harassment, and the £2000 related to the sexual harassment element. But I could have got the wrong end of the stick.

It is a hideous dress, mind you. And it is quite amusing to hear the bar's management claiming that a bright red dress in a very skimpy cut and thin fabric through which any underwear can be clearly seen is, in fact, an immensely practical piece of workwear and not intended to be particularly sexually alluring...

SolidGoldBrass Thu 18-Jun-09 02:32:49

PaL: Yet at the same time, why is a that-devout Muslim wanting to work in a bar in the first place? (Given that selling alcohol or being near it is regarded as Not ON by many branches of Muslim superstitions) This really sounds like yet another superstition-brandishing twat stories: 'Oooh, look, I gotta imaginary friend/myth system, and I'm going to pick a bit that either bemuses or annoys other people and insist on it being catered too by everyone else...

GothAnneGeddes Thu 18-Jun-09 03:30:09

SGB - Could you stop with the superstition cracks. We get it, you're an atheist, clap, clap.

ToughDaddy Thu 18-Jun-09 06:54:25

Reality- DW showed me this last night and I was going to post but held back after my weekend rant about other DM article. A Pearson should know better.

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