A Bexley councillor has spoken about an “absolutely disgusting” racial incident on a Southeastern train yesterday evening.
Oh no! Did someone abuse someone?
Danny Hackett was travelling on the 6.17pm train from Charing Cross to Bexleyheath (January 25) when a man got on at London Bridge speaking loudly on his phone.
Mr Hackett told News Shopper: “I witnessed an appalling scene of hatred and bigotry. A man was speaking loudly on his phone and used several racist slurs to a person’s skin colour and nationality.
“This kind of intolerance and ignorance has no place in British society and I was happy to co-operate with the British Transport Police in order to attempt to bring the man to justice.”
For talking loudly on his phone? Wow! Bernie Goetz has nothing on you!
He provided examples of some of the language the man used.
“They have no respect for my country.“
“They all need to go home.”
“They are all from rice fields. They are disgusting.”
“There is this immigrant c**t at work.”
“He was eating this foreign food at work and it stunk. He offered me some and I told him to f**k off.”
“He touched me and I had to wash my hands. They are all dirty.”
So he was talking to someone else, using language of which you disapproved, and not actually addressing anyone? And you think this is something the police need to tackle?
Are you old enough to stand as a councillor?
The Bexley councillor added: “I hope someone managed to get a video.“
Couldn’t you…? What sort of phone do you have, then?
“My sister is 14 and I was thinking if she was on the train how intimidated would she have felt.”
Maybe your sister would have just minded her own business…?
“You could hear the whole conversation. It was absolutely disgusting.”
I often hear conversations I don’t like. Should I call the police and local newspaper? Or should I just accept that there are other people out there who don’t share my values?
That’d be the grown up thing to do.