Tory and LD blogs are accusing a Labour leaflet of racism as a candidate is described as "born and bred" in Reading. Now it does sound bad but I thought I would see if the other parties use this phrase also.
In Peckham London the Association of LD Cllrs describes a candidate as " Peckham born and bred" http://www.aldc.org/elections/by-elections-commentary/2406/12/07/2011/Down_in_Dorset_Soaring_in_Sawley
Conservative home describe their candidate in a previous election as "cheltnam born and bred" http://conservativehome.blogs.com/goldlist/2010/04/lets-raise-1000-for-mark-coote-in-cheltenham.html
Then theres Maidstone http://maidstoneandthewealdlibdems.org.uk/en/page/north
There were others but I think thats enough examples for now. Will they now try and delete these websites I wonder?
Two of those doing the accusing have in the past been accused of racism themselves.
LD Cllr Warren Swaine on twitter "is it cos I is black" http://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/no-apology-racial-slur-cllr-warren-swain
Tory Cllr Richard Willis supporting Ian Smith !
on her blog Jane Griffiths says of me:
"He cites four party websites, Conservative and LibDem, which use the phrase "born and bred" to describe their candidates. He omits to mention that two of those, Twickenham and Peckham, use the phrase precisely to refer to race, and to indicate that the candidate they are promoting is black, without saying so."
The fact that two cases of using 'born and bred' are BME actually helps make my case that it isnt automatically racist. She goes on to question my ancestry and tries to link English Greens with something in Latvia. Sounds a bit like prejudice to me.
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