Wednesday, 4 October 2006


The Reverend Michael Wishart, vicar of St Mary’s in Bishops Lydeard, has provoked the ire of Somerset Racial Equality Council after writing in the parish newsletter that:
The mornings have a decidedly autumnal feel to them, there’s a little nip in the air.
Which is what they said when they hanged the Japanese criminal! [1]
It comes to something when we have institutions that preside on the assumption that some races are so wretched that they need to be protected from the feeble jokes of country vicars. Yappari baka-gaijin.

[1] Quoted by Richard Savill, “Vicar says sorry for ‘nip in the air’ Japanese joke”, The Telegraph, 4th October 2006.


Mr Eugenides said...

I agree with you entirely, Deogolwulf, but it's a wretched, wretched joke.

If you're going to be a racist, at least be a funny racist!

Deogolwulf said...


D. C. Warmington said...

At least he didn't say there was a Jew on the lawn.

Anonymous said...

.....or black storm clouds overhead with only a chink of sunlight.

Is a contraction of Nippon to nip racist? I've never heard of a Brit or an Ausie complain.

Deogolwulf said...

"Is a contraction of Nippon to nip racist?"

I'm not sure what "racist" means this week.