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WAWIBF... Bad Prejudice

19 January 2007

What a racist week it's been! Oy. It seems you couldn't turn around without someone being racist right in your face. Not only the 'three thick bitches' [Andrew Neil, yesterday] on 'Celebrity Big Brother', but everyone else from Swindon gangs to Janet Street-Porter - they were all at it. Allegedly. It's almost like there was something in the air. A nip, maybe.

The most amusing story of race-related prejudice however, concerned Matthew Stiddard who found himself in court on racial harassment charges on Monday, where he was told by presiding judge Paul Darlow that next time he should 'call him a fat bastard and do not say anything about his colour'. Which is rather like advising someone arrested on the back of CCTV evidence to next time wear a ski-mask.

The fat bastard in question was police surgeon Dr Imraan Jhetam, who had been called to the cells in Dawlish, Devon to tend to local toerag Stiddard, who'd been arrested after an altercation in a nearby pub. Jhetam arrived to check out Stiddard's back pains and was repulsed by Stiddard, who claimed he wanted to see an English doctor, not 'a fucking Paki'.

So, according to Judge Darlow, what Stiddard should have said was, 'Get that fat bastard away from me. I demand to see a thin doctor.'

Judge Darlow's advice is all very well in the case of a fat bastard like Imraan Jhetam of course, but what about, let's say, Shilpa Shetty? What 'good prejudice' would Darlow recommend Goody and her racist pals revert to in order to better conceal their 'bad prejudice'? 'Call her an uptight, supercilious, joyless fuck,' he would say, 'not a fucking Paki'.

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