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  •  I love my Economist subscription... (none)
    Michael Howard's turning gypsies into a campaign issue is just disgraceful.  I mean, is it really 2005?

    (Insert Democrat Here) for President in 2008!

    by teenagedallasdeaniac on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 01:52:52 PM PST

    •  It is a common tactic over here (none)
      Unfortunately.  If you want to get some votes, bash the Gypsies.

      There is an old Tory election leaflet that went along the lines of

      "If you want a nigger for a neighbour, vote Labour".

      In 2005, replace the N word for the G word.

      Pisses me off no end, I am a long-term Labour member and I will find my self voting for the Lib-Dems.

      My mum will be spinning in her grave, but I've got to vote eh?

    •  Well (none)
      After watching Snatch with Brad Pitt... I can see why you'd be fearful of Gipsies in the UK.

      :-)

      Seriously, I don't know what they mean in the UK ,but my girlfriend from Russia talks about Gipsies from back home and has no kind words.  She had her purse stolen by a gang of Gypsies and apparently wouldn't press charges with the police for fear of retribution.

      "If any question why we died, Tell them, because our fathers lied." - Rudyard Kipling, 1918

      by Steve4Clark on Mon Mar 28, 2005 at 02:10:40 PM PST

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    •  gypsies is not the preferred nomenclature (none)
      pikey, please.

      /Lebowski meets Snatch

      •  Howard doesn't remember his own past (none)
        It was the Tory government of the early ninties (which he was a part of) that told councils that they no longer had to create proper sites for travellers/gypsies to stop on. And now he is whining about how they're using unauthorised land and building structures without planning permission? Bloody hypocrite.
    •  it's still a major issue in Europe (none)
      Although certainly not the majority of them, there are somewhat organized and highly-visible groups of gypsies who rob people in most major European cities, especially targetting tourists.  One popular tactic in Italy recently has been for a mother to throw her baby at a tourist, who instinctively catches it; while his hands are thus occupied (not to mention his being a little dazed) his pockets are picked clean.  In Spain, it's also common to try to put sprigs of some sort of plant in your hand outside of cathedrals and then demand money, usually somewhat aggressively and responding angrily if you don't give enough.

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