Grant Feller

Banter: just another weasel word

By Grant Feller, August 28, 2014

It was simply "banter" and the more my two friends remonstrated with me, the more I wondered whether I had got it wrong.

Now it seems "banter" has become the catch-all excuse for people who are unable to tell the difference between being a racist and speaking like one.

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Use chutzpah to revive the economy, Mr Cameron

By Grant Feller, March 14, 2014

As a mischievous teenager, I was berated by my grandmother for showing too much chutzpah. I believe she was using the original meaning of the word — insolence. She’d be amused to think that it’s now a word we use to shower praise on someone with the confidence and desire to get things done by strength of will and inventive interpretation of the rules.

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It's our duty to speak out against the racism directed at immigrants

By Grant Feller, November 22, 2013

The following statements concern the problems of immigration and were printed in national newspapers. Can you guess who said what, and where?

1) What is so wrong about British people in Britain being ruled by British people?

2) The way immigrants from Europe are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage.

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Smart people can be racist too

By Grant Feller, August 19, 2013

I’ve never thought of antisemitism as just being an instinctive reaction from an ill-educated minority. In fact, in my experience, it has always been a poison spewed by intellectuals.

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