This England

A British Muslim schoolgirl said yesterday that she felt suicidal after a German family she was staying with on an exchange trip subjected her to racial abuse including monkey chants and Tarzan calls.
But the headmaster of Walker School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where Aysha Hook is a prizewinning pupil, cast doubt on her claims by saying she looked "effectively white" and as if she had a mild suntan. - Guardian (David Browning)

Surgeon John Lennox lashed out at Mark Kirtley, telling him "not to be so fucking stupid".
A former colleague, Dr Michael Johnson, said that Dr Lennox's strong language was part of the job. "Especially in the north-east of England, strong language needs to be used to make yourself understood by patients." Times (David Carter)

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This article first appeared in the 10 April 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The long war against democracy