The BBC has done a wonderful exposé on the return of 'No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs' thinking, which seems to have become, in Boston, Lincolnshire at least: 'No Poles, No Portuguese, No Muslims'. Which is a funny combination but not if I was a migrant worker in Boston, Lincolnshire that happened to be Polish, Portuguese or a Muslim.
Estate agents it seems are breaking the Race Relations Act of 1976 by discriminating against non-British tenants and pretending that property is taken when the Polish undercover reporter requests info on it but lo and behold, when the British chap strolls in it is available.
The funniest bit is the second video of secret filming, where the pretend daft racist landlord (after requesting no Poles or Portuguese) asks if they can make sure no Muslim tenants are allowed to rent his flat, where upon the poor estate agent says yes and then equates being a Muslim to being an animal and then smoking.
There is a comedy sketch there somewhere...
It doesn't surprise me that Boston in Lincolnshire is a focus of this report, some of you may recall I have much experience of Boston, it was the target of my cross the country walk for Coast to Coast and a town I have performed in often. Choice quotes about it include (from May 2007):
"famous for being the home to a legion of inbred people, you know, three fingers, webbed feet and eyes too close together...I still don't like Lincolnshire very much, not very racially integrated and full of deformed people who have sex with their own relatives."And this gem from September 2007:
"As you may remember, I've performed in Boston before and things haven't changed although the volume of in-bred gypsy people with webbed feet and three fingers on each hand seems to have been replaced by refugees from Eastern Europe who smell funny.
God I hate Lincolnshire."It seems things have only got worse in my absence.