Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 24 October 2013
My mother said that I never should...
The age-old fear of Gypsies and Faeries has re-surfaced in Olde Englande (actually, the place is Olde Irelande - as pointed out by Cro) again - two Social Services departments here have been forced to acknowledge that the blonde-haired and blue-eyed children of two dark-haired Roma families are, indeed, their true biological offspring. They have been handed back to the distraught parents following DNA tests.
In a way, I feel a little sorry for the Social Workers - they are usually damned if they do and damned if they don't. Constantly under attack, they now spend most of their working hours trying to avoid headlines like, 'SOCIAL SERVICES DID NOT ACT ON OBVIOUS EVIDENCE'. I'm sure the tabloids would have put it much more succinctly, but you know what I mean.
When the hysteria about age-old paedophilia incidents began to become widespread, a Social Services department on mainland Scotland rowed over to a small and insular, island community to take away ALL the children there, fearing malpractice which actually involved witchcraft.
If I have any prejudice against the Roma at all, it is the way that they hang around traffic lights on busy roads in the Summer with bottles of soapy liquid and squeegees, threatening to clean your windscreens whether you want them to or not.