Germany is our only hope of EU change

Germany is our only hope of EU change

Germany is our only hope of EU change

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Recently on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine programme there was a discussion under the title: “Could Germany really be this country’s best ally?”

Something like 24 UK citizens commented, and only one was negative. Many of the people phoning in had lived in Germany, worked in Germany, been in the UK armed forces in Germany, one was married to a German lady. It was sweet music to my ears.

They all said what I have been saying for the last 55 years. They all saw Germany as a superb friend of Britain.

The Germans are so like us in many ways. Germans have respect for the British and admire many of our way of life. They work very hard, are polite, generous, can be trusted, have a definite sense of humour, their towns, villages, cities are beautifully clean. Everything works.

People say what they feel. Rules are obeyed. Their manufacturing and business success is phenomenal. German food is wholesome, tasty, nutritious. We share a love of beer and sausages and slim pretty girls.

Germany is our only hope of real genuine EU change. It was all so positive, and what annoyed these people about the way Germany is often portrayed is what has infuriated me for 50 plus years.

On top of this were reports of Chancellor Merkel’s historic and excellent speech to the two Houses of Parliament and her red carpet welcome from our Government. Great Radio – I loved every minute.

David Quarrie Lynden Way, Holgate, York.

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12:20pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Zetkin says...

Sorry Mr Q, your list of supposedly positive stereotypes is every bit as unhelpful and offensive as Farage's lists of negative stereotypes.

"We share a love of beer and sausages and slim pretty girls" Really? I suspect you're using a fairly narrow definition of "we" there, considering there are upwards of 145 million individuals residing in the UK and Germany at any one time.
Sorry Mr Q, your list of supposedly positive stereotypes is every bit as unhelpful and offensive as Farage's lists of negative stereotypes. "We share a love of beer and sausages and slim pretty girls" Really? I suspect you're using a fairly narrow definition of "we" there, considering there are upwards of 145 million individuals residing in the UK and Germany at any one time. Zetkin
  • Score: 5

12:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Jonthan says...

Racial stereoyping of this kind tells us nothing about Germany, but a good deal about the letter writer

Mr Quarries love affair with all things German is familiar stuff to Press readers, He tells us he has been an uncritical admirer of Germany for 55 pyears. I had always had the impression that his admiration extended even further back than that.

Perhaps he will take this opportunity to tell us
Racial stereoyping of this kind tells us nothing about Germany, but a good deal about the letter writer Mr Quarries love affair with all things German is familiar stuff to Press readers, He tells us he has been an uncritical admirer of Germany for 55 pyears. I had always had the impression that his admiration extended even further back than that. Perhaps he will take this opportunity to tell us Jonthan
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

The game of "Spot the Author Before You Click" is getting very easy.

Why Germany? Why not everywhere?
What about Morocco?
Morocco could be a superb friend of Britain. It has rugs galore! Who doesn't like rugs? And sand.... loads of it. We all like the beach don't we? Mmmmmm sand! It has tasty spicy food, we share a love for kebabs and couscous and well, who doesn't like a "slim pretty girl?" except maybe the Polynesians who prefer the bigger frame. And probably most Brits, seeing as we're such a nation of porkers...

Morocco also does a good line in hashish and there are millions of Brits who love a good toke now and then, it's a marriage made in heaven - except that's drugs and Mr Quarrie is pretty down on drugs, mmmkay.

Which is a shame cos lots of Germans love weed. And hash. I know that from experience. Overlooked that one Mr Q?
Germany has its fair share of social ills just like here and just like anywhere - serial killers, paedophiles, addicts, corruption, fraud, you name it. It's called "The Real World"

When the German Tourist Board cheque gets cashed, mine's a pint Mr Q.
Though I wouldn't drink it with you.
The game of "Spot the Author Before You Click" is getting very easy. Why Germany? Why not everywhere? What about Morocco? Morocco could be a superb friend of Britain. It has rugs galore! Who doesn't like rugs? And sand.... loads of it. We all like the beach don't we? Mmmmmm sand! It has tasty spicy food, we share a love for kebabs and couscous and well, who doesn't like a "slim pretty girl?" except maybe the Polynesians who prefer the bigger frame. And probably most Brits, seeing as we're such a nation of porkers... Morocco also does a good line in hashish and there are millions of Brits who love a good toke now and then, it's a marriage made in heaven - except that's drugs and Mr Quarrie is pretty down on drugs, mmmkay. Which is a shame cos lots of Germans love weed. And hash. I know that from experience. Overlooked that one Mr Q? Germany has its fair share of social ills just like here and just like anywhere - serial killers, paedophiles, addicts, corruption, fraud, you name it. It's called "The Real World" When the German Tourist Board cheque gets cashed, mine's a pint Mr Q. Though I wouldn't drink it with you. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

8:06pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Red Star says...

Beer, sausages and pretty girls; simply outrageous. What next, never trust a country that likes wine, snails and girls with hairy armpits? Just when I thought he couldn't get any worse, he surpasses himself with yet more unbelievably crass statements. I truly hope that there are no German Press readers out there; I would be embarrassed for them!
Beer, sausages and pretty girls; simply outrageous. What next, never trust a country that likes wine, snails and girls with hairy armpits? Just when I thought he couldn't get any worse, he surpasses himself with yet more unbelievably crass statements. I truly hope that there are no German Press readers out there; I would be embarrassed for them! Red Star
  • Score: 6

11:22pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Tug job says...

"Slim pretty girls"? I take it Mr Quarrie has never been to Germany - or Hull!
"Slim pretty girls"? I take it Mr Quarrie has never been to Germany - or Hull! Tug job
  • Score: 0

9:19am Tue 4 Mar 14

Firedrake says...

I wouldn't have thought the "slim pretty girls" would be particularly enamoured of beer-swilling sausage-eaters of whatever nationality.
I wouldn't have thought the "slim pretty girls" would be particularly enamoured of beer-swilling sausage-eaters of whatever nationality. Firedrake
  • Score: 2

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