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Why the #Ranter on the #Croydon #tram makes me proud to be #British

No, not her, obviously. It\’s the other people on that tram. All shades, all nations as she so ignorantly points out. But British to the core. Watch them. At first they do their best to ignore the filth she\’s spouting – instinctively respecting her freedom of speech.
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A black man behind her hears her use the n-word, stands up aggressively. He sees something – probably that she\’s got a kid on her knee – and angrily sits down again. A woman\’s arm stretches out to him, appealing for calm. Here is the essence of courtesy: you don\’t belt a woman, particularly not one with a baby. A man might have been thumped (though I doubt it); this ghastly woman is actually taking advantage of the very British self-control of all the people around her, all the while she\’s telling them they\’re not British.
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Brits are often called complacent or lazy or cold. No, what we\’re seeing on the tram video – and remember none of them could have known they were being filmed – is that basic very British virtue of tolerance. Nobody likes what she\’s saying but they\’re tolerating it. Not out of weakness, but out of strength. It takes a lot of strength to tolerate what she was saying about the people around her.
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She\’s probably been on like this for ages which is why the person was filming her. Exasperation, anger, loud disagreement from a black woman – yet no violence.
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One white woman snaps: she shouts \”I\’m English, what are you gonna say to me?\” It\’s nearly a Spartacus moment. She\’s saying, I\’m with the people around you and I\’m English. She also uses a clever appeal to the woman not to swear in front of kids. The Rancid Ranter seems to think that if her f-words and n-words are OK for the kid on her knee, they\’re fine for all other kids. Nobody agrees. There\’s a consensus of decency here: you don\’t swear in front of kids.
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The final touch? A white girl rushes over to the black man who stood up angrily, and hugs him. I don\’t know if they were in a relationship or not, but the humanity of the moment is extraordinary.

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Saddest thing to hear: the Rancid Ranter shrieks \”My Britain is nuffink now, my Britain is f*** all!\”

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She\’s so wrong. The other people on the Croydon tram are the real upholders of British traditions; the Rancid Ranter is just a sad frightened ignorant woman locked in a delusion.

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