Grantham Journal column: Abuse of young mother is deeply disturbing
Two weeks ago a letter was printed from an eastern European resident who was harassed by an elderly local man as she entered a local store with her baby. As someone with a strong interest in local history I have been struck by the stoic character of the people of Grantham who have always rallied in time of adversity to support their nation. However, to verbally abuse a woman in front of her child simply because of her nationality is something else. Something deeply disturbing. Britain is a nation of travellers. People who dared to dream. People who were willing to take a huge chance and start a new life. Immigrants and migrants alike. Our language is the ‘lingua franca’ of the world. Our own historic desire to travel and trade with other nations, even dominate them, has led to the spread of a common language used in law, science, politics and the arts. Our own governments have recognised the importance of this for economic growth and to develop strategic alliances. The underlying cause of the behaviour of the gentleman concerned should be examined.