Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Anyway, speaking of bad words, I should have made the point that 'yid', 'hacks' and sundry other tribal signifiers do not mean a particularly bad member of the tribe. All yids are yids and all hacks hacks as far as I am concerned. This removes all stigma. But what about white vans? I have often been summoned by white van drivers offering dodgy gear like 'high end' stereo speakers which are, in fact, banged together from bits knicked from Currys. So I was walking along Notting Hill Gate when I saw a parked white van, the nearside window open and a man waving and trying to persuade some pedestrians to talk to him. None did because, of course, around these parts they've got all the high end speakers they need and, anyway, they hate white van man with a rare passion. I, however, being devoid of prejudice, strode boldly over to the man, a slightly desperate bloke who, in the event, wanted to know the way to Shepherds Bush. But, in the white van, he was, to everybody else, a crook, though probably not a hack or a yid. 'White Van Man' - we need to get the Fabians on to this shockingly discriminatory phrase.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 11:58 am