Alex Britton: Immigration is the least of my worries
I START this week with a bit of a confession.
This weekend, I did something which, with hindsight, it might have been better not to do.
I shared a picture on Twitter which I found on the internet from the English Defence League protest in Cambridge and added a comment deriding them.
In a similar position, you would have done the same.
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The picture showed a typical EDL-indentikit follower, complete with tattoo upon which the name of our proud nation had been written "Britian."
Still, what was a bit of harmless joshing soon turned into something a lot more sinister, as I started getting quite a lot of flak for what was essentially pointing out a typo.
I mean, pointing out typos is pretty much my bread and butter – I still find it pretty difficult to walk past anywhere offering "lunch's" without feeling a little bit uneasy.
Apparently, I should start getting concerned about the state of the country, rather than living in blissfully ignorant, liberal, communist, multicultural bliss, etc. I should get off the fence and start getting concerned about floods of non-indigenous people living here.
And those are the only two instructions offered to me that are printable in a family newspaper.
For what it's worth, I am concerned about the state of the country.
This week's news that the country's credit rating has been downgraded from AAA was a bit frightening, and the economic picture looks as if it will be getting bleaker as the months and years pass.
Other things that concern me? Retirement ages increasing, poverty among families, increasing reliance on food banks and mass consumption of finite sources of energy.
In fact, you'll have to wade through everything from irritating answer-phone messages, traffic lights that change too quickly, people texting 'u' instead of 'you', supermarket trollies with wonky wheels and so on before getting anywhere near the religious make up of our country on Mr Britton's Big List of Things That Bug Me.
I might be wrong, but I imagine there are few other souls who are with me on this.
I think the biggest issue that I have with the English Defence League is their name.
It just sounds as if it should be some kind of football training camp run by Stuart Pearce and Peter Shilton, preventing woeful performances at future World Cups.
I respect the right of anyone to express themselves, but as soon as you hold EDL views up to scrutiny, they fall short.
This is not to mention the fact they constantly undermine their points through what many will consider to be questionable behaviour.
Their vision of England is one that is unwelcoming and not one that I aspire to this country being.
They are attempting to protect this country from something that I (and many others) don't consider anything near a threat.
So, the EDL, feel free to shout about Islam all you like, but for as long as you do so with a can of Stella in your hand, forgive me for not listening.
Oh, and lighten up. It was a joke.