What irritated me the most about the Girl Guides Rant made by Stephen Glover from the Daily Mail was the line about minorities not being proud of their country. Of being divisive.
I am proud of Manchester. I am proud to be Mancunian. People may say that I support Manchester City because of it’s money but I was a city fan in the days of Shaun Goater. I remember the bad times to be a City fan. And I even managed to go watch them lift the Premier League trophy.
I am proud of others like me. Like Alan Turing who was sadly hounded till his death. His statue is still one of the most poignant reminders of why we must fight for equality.
“Go Home Paki”.
“I Am! That’s why I am on a tram!” I retorted back
That got a little cheer. A little street theatre. Some yob getting put in his place.
“Yeah, you come to our country and take our jobs”
“i am sorry? I must be misinformed. Doctors are expected to be good at communication while you have made the cardinal mistake of referring to me as a paki. Your bedside manner must be atrocious as is your fashion sense. I believe the rules are to be bare below the elbow and to look professional, while you look like you looted JJB Sports for the most polyester jogging suit you could steal and the world’s stupidest shoes.” By this point the entire tram is watching.
My abuser takes a sniff from his can of glue and another man pipes up “Mate, you are huffing glue and he is a doctor. He isn’t taking any job you would do.”
Another two old men staggered up and looked at this fine specimen and said “In my day the nazis were snappier dressers. And they didn’t wear poppies”. I realised the young man was wearing a poppy.in remembrance of Lee Rigby.
Lest we forget. The EDL are “bloody stupid”. These two men who’s names I forgot took me out and insisted on getting me a drink. To apologise for racists and to say not all mancunians are like that. I pointed out that I was from Manchester myself. That I was a local boy. So we sat and enjoyed the cricket and drank till we could stagger convincingly. And then we said our goodbyes. I will probably never see those two again but I hope to hell that they have fun.
It’s why Manchester will always be “home”. The EDL can fuck right off. Preferably onto a small and very racist Island and leave the rest of us alone to enjoy “home”. After all? How can you claim to defend English when you can barely speak the language? Or remember the history.
34 weeks till I am next home. And then a year and then I am home for good. Maybe not in Manchester but close enough.
Shame the EDL will still be around when I go back.