Thursday, 24 March 2016

Huw Thomas actually said "I am neither a simpleton or casual racist"... 10 years ago.

This is a good one that keeps reappearing due to it being a BNP created meme. Even though it was created over 10 years ago.

They are a bit like comets orbiting the earth they fly past and everyone comments on them and then they disappear to resurface years later, when a fresh group of people all comment on it without actually checking if there's any truth in it.

So Facts, for anyone that wants to actually check before blindly posting.

  1. The comment was actually made in 2006 during the world cup.  That's 10 years ago.
  2. It was made in relation to football supporters.

Lets have a look at what he actually said....

“The retail sector is also responsible for making the situation worse I think, and all across Britain not only in Wales. The World Cup, to a large extent, is just an opportunity for high street shops to ‘cash in’, using special offers and social pressure to create a fake group mentality – Nationalism Asda style!
“Having said this, I had the opportunity, when I had the opportunity to buy an England flag for half price in WH Smith, Oxford, to answer with the phrase: ‘Since I am neither a simpleton nor a casual racist I must decline your offer’. Poor ‘Stacey’ didn’t know where to look!”

So a Welshman commenting on English flags being sold at half Price, and probably a Welsh football supporter or maybe a Rugby supporter.

In the context of how it was originally made I don't see a problem with the comment. As banter between a rugby and football supporter it would be taken totally differently, but this has been twisted to the BNPs ends.  He has also since apologised for the comment made when a brash young student, but lets not tarry there as there are plenty of more important things that Cameron, Osbourne and crew should apologize for.

What I find funny is that in general, a lot of the BNP supporters (im using BNP here as there are too many offshoots from it to mention them all) would fall into the description that was memed by themselves.

Also Football, of which im no great supporter, far preferring Rugby, was long known for its racism and at one stage mindless violence which is where simpleton creeps in again.  HO HO  :-)

So the fact is Huw Thomas didn't actually say what was reproduced on the Meme. He did say "I am neither a simpleton or casual racist".

Taken in the context of the full quote it looks to me like it was more probably the banter of a Rugby supporter insulting the English football supporters, something the Scots, Irish, Welsh, French etc etc all like to do. 


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  2. Good work Gary, this will come in useful as the comet rounds again!

    1. Many thanks for taking the time to comment.