The Gentrification of the English Countryside

There are not many black or brown faces in English villages. But even in the Chilterns, Chinese restaurants and Asian newsagents tend to be staffed by Chinese waiters and Asian shopkeepers. You do not need to move on through Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where Midsomer Murders is filmed, to visibly more multi-ethnic towns, to feel the creepiness and the falsity behind its creator’s boast that his production company could impose a colour bar on black and Asian actors because “it wouldn’t be an English village with them” on screen.

I probably don’t need to add that the killing sprees that afflict Midsomer so are no more realistic than the all-white cast list. Until Aylesbury police helped them out by announcing a suspicious death on Friday, the big story for my local newspaper colleagues who cover DCI Barnaby’s beat was the trial of a couple from Warborough. The court convicted them of mistreating a rabbit.
Carry on reading

3 thoughts on “The Gentrification of the English Countryside

  1. It is the thing that gets to me more than having bad health would.
    Having a house. I really think I won’t ever be own one.
    I know for a fact the next property I move into is going to be terrible. I can’t afford anything more than a bedsit, and a bedsit on the south coast for £80 a week is about the size of a tin beans.
    I don’t want to say anymore because it brings about damp feelings and thoughts.
    I used to think Nick’s office would been like Orwell’s cluttered reviewer’s room, with piles of cuttings and books, enough books to insulate the room during a hard winter, and files going room the room for miles and miles.
    But seeing how much telly he gets in, I bet the office is just like a tidy home cinema.

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