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24/05/2014

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SteveC

In fairness to the people of Great Britain, I've visited many, many times over the decades and never once had anything remotely resembling this experience. I think the assumption that themmuns over the water are all stupid and incapable of independent thought, and reaching reasonable conclusions is perhaps a tad off target! You were perhaps just very unlucky!

It's true we do have a tendancy to caricature, eagerly exploited by a money-driven media. I remember being in York shortly after the 7/7 bombings, standing at a bus stop when a young, bearded, middle-eastern looking man stood beside me, wearing a rucksack... instant judgement and fear on my part!! Yet, like most people, I had enough self-awareness to realise I was making a completely irrational judgement based on zero evidence.

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Tim Higgins

Wasn't that long ago I was stopped at a Welsh port by a police officer. When he looked at the address on my driving licence, he said "Dunmurry? Know any terrorists?"

I knew that trying to explain I lived on the 'Protestant' side of Dunmurry wouldn't have been worth my breath.

I also recall my father telling me that, visiting an English military base for training, he was called 'Paddy' by the soldiers there. Explaining that he was an 'Ulster Unionist Protestant' made no difference to them. It WAS affectionate nick naming, but done collectively nonetheless.

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