Que? Daily Mail marks death of beloved refugee comic with attack on migrants

Hypocrisy? We know nothing!


When an eight-year old Andrew Sachs fled Germany with his family in 1938, the then-editor of the Daily Mail was congratulating ‘Adolf the Great’ on his invasion of the Sudetnland.

mail-andrew-sachsSeventy-eight years later, Andrew Sachs — most famous for his portrayal of Manuel in Fawlty Towers — has died a national treasure. The Daily Mail remains a xenophobic rag.

It seems no one on staff saw the irony of mourning a European migrant on one panel, while fostering resentment and hatred on another.

Well, they probably did recognise the irony, but didn’t care.

However, while it has no concern for real-life migrants and refugees from any country, the Mail obituary did demonstrate a touching concern for the fictional Manuel, an unskilled European worker horribly mistreated by an exploitative boss, Basil Fawlty.

They were particularly troubled by Fawlty’s ‘xenophobic catchphrase’ — ‘you’ll have to excuse him, he’s from Barcelona’.

We didn’t think the Daily Mail knew the word xenophobic. Now that they’ve learned it, perhaps they could think about some of its more serious manifestations.

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4 Responses to “Que? Daily Mail marks death of beloved refugee comic with attack on migrants”

  1. NHSGP

    Economic migrants are not refugees.

    By screwing the population with economic migrants, its not surprising that people decide to lump both categories together.

    Particularly when they look at Calais and ask what human rights abuses in France are they fleeing from?

  2. GodfreyR

    A small number of jewish refugees fleeing nazi Germany is rather different from being swamped by islamic economic migrants !!!

  3. Richard MacKinnon

    “Que? Daily Mail marks death of beloved refugee comic with attack on migrants”. I think that heading is misleading on two counts. First is an article on migrant numbers an attack on migrants?
    Second, in what way does the Daily Mail mark the death of Andrew Sachs with an attack on migrants? Is it beacuse the two articles happen to be adjacent on the front page? Is that the connection the author of this piece is alluding to.
    When you accuse someone or a newspaper of racism where no racism is actually articulated then what does that say about the accuser?
    (I note that the author of this is article prefers to remain anonymous).

  4. Richard MacKinnon

    Still no retraction from Media Watch. Arrogant as well as as a hypocrite. Im not surprised.

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