5th April 2012: On Monday, Andrew Brons sent the following letter to the editors of all national and Yorkshire newspapers as well as to France's national newspapers.
The famous French perfumier, Jean-Paul Guerlain, has been fined 6000 Euros and ordered to make a cash gift to each of three race relations industry groups for a chance remark in a television interview. He attributed his success to the fact that he had: “worked like a negro,” followed by the remark, “I don’t know if negroes have always worked like that”.
His first (rather dated) remark was a generalisation favourable to black people. His second cast doubt on the accuracy of the first generalisation but did not seek to reverse it.
It is a myth that generalisations cannot be made about different categories of people, however defined. Insurance companies base their business on them. The error is applying generalisations to all members of a group.
Mr.Guerlain’s remark pales into insignificance when compared to the use of the word ‘rakaya’ (the French for ‘scum’) which was used by Mr. Sarkhozy during the 2005 French Presidential election, to describe North African rioters in a Paris suburb.
The lawyer for one of the race relations industry groups, Sabina Goldman was quoted as saying that the verdict in the Geurlain case meant: “Racism is not an opinion but a crime”. I shall not bandy Trotskist words like ‘racism’ with a member of the race relations industry.
However, I could say that the verdict means that France, under the present Political Class, is not so much a country as a gulag.
British National Party Member of the European Parliament
Yorkshire & the Humber