On mar­gin

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In Bri­tain, where the cam­paign to vote in favour of leav­ing the EU has been driven by hos­tile anti-im­mi­grant sen­ti­ment, the fol­low­ing let­ter was re­cently pub­lished in a news­pa­per:

A scene of mod­ern Bri­tain played out on a rail re­place­ment bus ser­vice in New­port yes­ter­day. A woman wear­ing a niqab was chat­ting to her son in an­other lan­guage. Af­ter five min­utes, a man sud­denly snapped: “If you’re in the UK, you should speak English.”

At this, an­other pas­sen­ger turned around and ex­plained: “We’re in Wales. And she’s speak­ing Welsh.” Logic: “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the store with me.” Hu­mour: “When that lawn­mower cuts off your toes, don’t come run­ning to me.” Jus­tice: “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like!” Never try to tell every­thing you know. It may take too short a time. — Nor­man Ford Never trust a man when he’s in love, drunk, or run­ning for of­fice. — Shirley Ma­cLaine Never be in a hurry to ter­mi­nate a mar­riage. You may need this per­son to fin­ish a sen­tence. — Erma Bombeck Never ar­gue with a doc­tor; he has in­side in­for­ma­tion. — Bob El­liott and Ray Gould­ing Never keep up with the Jone­ses. Drag them down to your level; it’s cheaper. — Quentin Crisp

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