Learning manners

By Robyn Rosen
July 28, 2010

Today’s Independent hosts a shocking comment piece by Christina Patterson.

The first 300 words or so describe some examples of where Ms Patterson feels she should teach her Stamford Hill neighbours “some manners”.

Her description that they wear “funny suits” and “insist on wearing their hair in ringlets (if they’re male) or covered up by wigs (if they're female)” should set off alarm bells.

You see Ms Patterson doesn’t like it that the Jews in her neighbourhood talk on their mobile phones while driving or push “double-decker pushchairs and vast armies of children”.

And all this narrow-minded, ill-informed ranting nonsense before we even reach the crux of her piece, which low and behold is about female circumcision. What the two things have in common still eludes me.

To suggest that an Orthodox boy who does not want to touch a woman on a bus is similar to parents sending their children to Africa to mutilate them and her simplistic attitude that bad manners are down to religion or ethnicity is preposterous and quite frankly irresponsible.

If she spent less time “assuming” and more time learning, she would realise that the young boy has never been taught that a woman is “dirty or dangerous or dripping with menstrual blood” and that the real lessons in faith schools are a lot more than teaching about “special gadgets to switch on the lights on a Saturday”.

I would say it is Ms Patterson who needs to be taught some manners, about respect, tolerance and understanding of other cultures. I’m not surprised her neighbours have treated her the way she describes. After having read her views, I would do the same.



Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:26

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She is one hostile lady!
Here is an e-mail i have just had from her:-

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From: C.Patterson@Independent.co.uk
Sent: 28 July 2010 15:04:56
To: Jon Cohen (jon_i_cohen@hotmail.com)

Well, if it doesn't upset you that children are mutilated by their parents, or brought up to despise great swathes of the population, there's probably something wrong with you...


Christina Patterson
Writer and columnist
The Independent



Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:29

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Anyone who wants to send her an e-mail please feel free, you have her e-mail address!


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:39

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Dear Ms Patterson,

I have just read your article in the Independent, "The Limits of Multiculturalism". Never before have I seen such a bigoted, ill tempered and racist rant passed as journalism.

I am not Jewish. I find anti-Semitism abhorrent, and your article reeks of it.

The next a Jewish person is assaulted in Stamford Hill because they are wearing a kippah, or a Jewish gravestone is daubed with a swastika, I hope you will take time to consider the consequences of your words.

Best regards

Matt Pryor


Wed, 07/28/2010 - 16:41

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Follow up to Jon's post: Please be sure to copy in her editor as well.

yankeeuxb (not verified)

Wed, 07/28/2010 - 17:26

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Did all you 'indignant self righteous' know that 13 Mosques were fire bombed last year in the UK?

(But they were all terrorists any way)

Stephen Franklin

Sat, 07/31/2010 - 08:41

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The people who fire bomb mosques are the same racist fanatics who smash up Jewish cemeteries and paint swastikas on the headstones.


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