Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battle of the Ages Won't Stop Soon

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battle of the Ages Won't Stop Soon

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Byline: MIKEMILLIGAN It's @choochsdad a funny old world

THE Collins dictionary recently put forward a shortlist of ten words, the winner of which would be chosen to encompass the spirit or essence of 2018.

The selection included terms such as floss, gammon, gaslight, singleuse and vegan, as well as a host of other terms I was half familiar with.

To be fair, I had to look some of them up! Take 'gammon' for instance; I thought it was a long forgotten exotic Tudor crisp flavour - but no. According the dictionary definition it's "a person, typically male, middle-aged, and white, with reactionary views, especially one who supports the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union (noun)."

Givowwer! Now apart from sounding like half the gadgies that I'm related to or went to school with, it's interesting to think who might be applying this clearly unflattering term. Without doubt, it's the type of well-educated coffee-bar hipsters and academics of our more leafy and affluent suburbs. The type I've honestly heard saying "well Hugo, I've never met anyone who voted for Brexit." In their world it's true - everybody thinks like they do. After all, they're the people who deserve a people's vote.

It's that old idea of the ignorant and unwashed masses, who need to be governed by an intellectual elite who really knows what's best for them.

This tendency to live in an 'echo chamber' where you only associate with people who share your world view is an increasingly prevalent and unhelpful aspect of our society. It's also unfair. Just cos you are a middle-aged bloke who looks a bit of a red-faced radgie, it's unfair to slap a stereotyped world view on you. In fact, contrary to this gammon stereotype, I actually voted to remain, but as for the red-faced angry bloke bit - that's surely true of most middleaged blokes of all cultures. …

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