On 6 Apr 2018 21:48:25 GMT, Sally Thompson
I live in a village very like Ambridge and I havent a clue whether any of
the other residents are Jewish or anything else, and I think this would be
normal in a similar society. It just isnt important to most people,
surely? I also imagine that in the same way that the BBC steer clear of
party politics, they also steer clear of anything but a passing and
occasional reference to the village church and its goings-on. Twelve
minutes per episode isnt enough to fit everything in!
This is a conversation I've had with Ma recently relating to all the
Labour/anti-semitism news recently.
When I was tiny, our next door neighbours were Jewish. They moved
before their son, who was just a bit older than me, and I went to
school. I had several close friends at primary school who were
Jewish. The only difference when I was at school was that some pupils
(whatever non-Christian religion they were) didn't come into assembly
until the notices at the end. Nobody gave a toss, in the same way that
we didn't give a toss about the thalidamide kids in the year above, or
any of the other pupils who "weren't like us". Because we never cared
they weren't like us, as they were in the same form/class and did the
same lessons as us.
I know my neighbours, but I have no idea what religion or otherwise
they are. We are neighbours. We chat, we share garden waste bins, we
help out with odd jobs, we keep an eye on the kids. Unless they play
loud music until all hours (ex-neighbours' son) or have security
lights that illuminate my bedroom at regular intervals in the wee
small hours (ex-neighbours across the back), or park in my driveway
(people across the corner), or their dogs crap on my garden (pretty
much anyone who walks past to the country park), I get on with them
and don't need to know about their private lives any more than they
need to know about mine.