More people in Bradford are cycling to work

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Tom Jones from Bradford Council pours cyclist, Ian Taylor, a coffee in City Park for the free Bike Breakfast to celebrate National Cycle to Work Day on September 12 last year Tom Jones from Bradford Council pours cyclist, Ian Taylor, a coffee in City Park for the free Bike Breakfast to celebrate National Cycle to Work Day on September 12 last year

Fewer than one in every hundred commuters use a bike to get to work in the Bradford district but it is on the rise, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics says in 2001 a total of 1,481 people cycled to work, which increased by 200 to 1,681 by 2011 meaning 0.8 per cent of the local population use a bike to commute.

But although the numbers are relatively low, the rise does buck the regional trend. Across Yorkshire and The Humber, four per cent fewer people cycled to work in 2011 than ten years earlier.

David Hall, regional director for Sustrans – a charity which encourages people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys – said it was difficult to judge the accuracy of the figures, which are based on Census records, but that he was encouraged they were improving.

“That’s because Bradford is a more welcoming city to cyclists,” he said.

And he said the more people that were seen cycling to work, the more would follow suit.

“You will reach a point where more people are taking to their bikes because they will see the roads are being made safer and improving,” he said.

The main reason people avoided cycling, Mr Hall said, was fear about safety.

“Many people who cycle regularly overcome a fear of traffic and become more aware of how to remain safe in traffic,” he said.

Across the district work is being done in schools to encourage children to cycle.

“We’re building a new mindset for the upcoming generation that will be able to use a bike to get to work,” Mr Hall said.

The Bradford Cycling Strategy, Setting the Wheels in Motion 2012-2020, was formally endorsed by Bradford Council in early 2012.

It was developed by CycleBradford, a group which has grown out of the work of B-Spoke, the Bradford Cycling Forum, and aims to highlight the benefits of cycling.

Recent events to push cycling include a project encouraging students to cycle to university and college and Bike Breakfasts highlighting the benefits of cycling to workers.

And the Council said cycle routes including the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Connect2 works in the Manchester Road were encouraging.

A spokesman said: “We won funding for and are continuing to work on the Canal Road Greenway to connect the city centre to the Airedale Greenway to the north.

“We won funding for and are working on the City Connect project to connect the city to Leeds in the east and we are soon to complete infrastructure to extend a link to the Airedale Greenway through Keighley which will avoid some of the most dangerous roads in the area.”

He said the Grand Depart’s arrival in Yorkshire could only encourage more people to cycle.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on Yorkshire, its beautiful landscapes and vibrant communities.

“Efforts are ongoing both locally and regionally to make sure that the event itself is a huge success that will bring cycle tourism to the area for years to come but also to ensure a legacy is in place to ensure that local people have access to all the opportunities to partake in cycling activity at any level,” he said.

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10:14am Thu 27 Mar 14

Apollo says...

I see the ridiculous Cycle Super Highway costs have now jumped to £30m!

Originally it was £20m and even that was barmy.

Get the potholes filled and stop wating my money you fools.
I see the ridiculous Cycle Super Highway costs have now jumped to £30m! Originally it was £20m and even that was barmy. Get the potholes filled and stop wating my money you fools. Apollo
  • Score: 5

10:37am Thu 27 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

So you're encouraged to cycle to work and when you get there, there's no shower to clean yourself.

What then ?

(maybe that's *another* reason why people prefer to take the bus or car)
So you're encouraged to cycle to work and when you get there, there's no shower to clean yourself. What then ? (maybe that's *another* reason why people prefer to take the bus or car) The Hoffster
  • Score: 5

12:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

The Hoffster wrote:
So you're encouraged to cycle to work and when you get there, there's no shower to clean yourself.

What then ?

(maybe that's *another* reason why people prefer to take the bus or car)
You need a shower after taking the bus sometimes - not everyone is that keen on personal hygiene!:)
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: So you're encouraged to cycle to work and when you get there, there's no shower to clean yourself. What then ? (maybe that's *another* reason why people prefer to take the bus or car)[/p][/quote]You need a shower after taking the bus sometimes - not everyone is that keen on personal hygiene!:) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 8

1:40pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Farsley Bantam says...

The Hoffster wrote:
So you're encouraged to cycle to work and when you get there, there's no shower to clean yourself. What then ? (maybe that's *another* reason why people prefer to take the bus or car)
I used to have a shower before I set off in the morning and then towell myself off when I got to work and used plenty of deodorant. Never had a problem with smelling. I was pretty fit when I was doing it regularly so I wasn't that sweaty anyway, especially in the winter months.

I'd advise anyone to cycle to work. I used to cycle from Farsley to Thornton Road everyday for about 2 years and never once had a problem. You just have to be vigalent and assume the driver hasn't seen you. My route took in Leeds Road which has some of the worst drivers in the country too!
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: So you're encouraged to cycle to work and when you get there, there's no shower to clean yourself. What then ? (maybe that's *another* reason why people prefer to take the bus or car)[/p][/quote]I used to have a shower before I set off in the morning and then towell myself off when I got to work and used plenty of deodorant. Never had a problem with smelling. I was pretty fit when I was doing it regularly so I wasn't that sweaty anyway, especially in the winter months. I'd advise anyone to cycle to work. I used to cycle from Farsley to Thornton Road everyday for about 2 years and never once had a problem. You just have to be vigalent and assume the driver hasn't seen you. My route took in Leeds Road which has some of the worst drivers in the country too! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 11

4:49pm Thu 27 Mar 14

yezboss says...

I recall a few years ago Bradford Council bought a few bikes for their employees to get around on. The intention was to cut down on mileage claims costs and keep the staff fit.
Not heard or seen much since!
Wonder if someone would care to comment.

Do they still have those bikes?

How much are they used?

How much have they been used?

Maybe the answer will be similalr to the threat to issue fixed penalty notices for excess noise emanating from vehicles

and

Litter from same.

Answer

NIL
I recall a few years ago Bradford Council bought a few bikes for their employees to get around on. The intention was to cut down on mileage claims costs and keep the staff fit. Not heard or seen much since! Wonder if someone would care to comment. Do they still have those bikes? How much are they used? How much have they been used? Maybe the answer will be similalr to the threat to issue fixed penalty notices for excess noise emanating from vehicles and Litter from same. Answer NIL yezboss
  • Score: 3

5:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

bantampat says...

I've been cycling to work for almost 12months now.do not see too many other cyclists. Council needs to up there game to encourage more cyclists.
I've been cycling to work for almost 12months now.do not see too many other cyclists. Council needs to up there game to encourage more cyclists. bantampat
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Thu 27 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

Who in their right minds would cycle around Bradford? Does the driving test apply to Bradford? just wondered, some of the driving I see day in day out.
Who in their right minds would cycle around Bradford? Does the driving test apply to Bradford? just wondered, some of the driving I see day in day out. alive and awake
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Thu 27 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 2

8:45pm Thu 27 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble.
What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.[/p][/quote]Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble. What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful. alive and awake
  • Score: 5

8:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble.
What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.
As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.[/p][/quote]Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble. What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.[/p][/quote]As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character. RollandSmoke
  • Score: 1

9:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble.
What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.
As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.
I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.[/p][/quote]Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble. What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.[/p][/quote]As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.[/p][/quote]I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A? alive and awake
  • Score: 1

10:40pm Thu 27 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble.
What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.
As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.
I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?
I'm not sure how to respond. If Gallows humor is now a police matter I'd best do some research on exactly what you are allowed to say in 2014 Britain. I can see it being the end of what for him was a promising career in Shipley which to be honest are few and far between if this isn't corrected. I wouldn't be wanting to go back there thinking that at any moment I could have to deal with someone coming in and saying are you the racist? Would you?
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.[/p][/quote]Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble. What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.[/p][/quote]As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.[/p][/quote]I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure how to respond. If Gallows humor is now a police matter I'd best do some research on exactly what you are allowed to say in 2014 Britain. I can see it being the end of what for him was a promising career in Shipley which to be honest are few and far between if this isn't corrected. I wouldn't be wanting to go back there thinking that at any moment I could have to deal with someone coming in and saying are you the racist? Would you? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -2

7:55am Fri 28 Mar 14

alive and awake says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble.
What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.
As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.
I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?
I'm not sure how to respond. If Gallows humor is now a police matter I'd best do some research on exactly what you are allowed to say in 2014 Britain. I can see it being the end of what for him was a promising career in Shipley which to be honest are few and far between if this isn't corrected. I wouldn't be wanting to go back there thinking that at any moment I could have to deal with someone coming in and saying are you the racist? Would you?
Can only think the T&A have some strong evidence to support that headline, if not, as stupid as he as been he should go for them big time. I'm sure he will be getting good advice now, could be a 7 figure pay-out given reduced career opportunities as a result of the racist slur.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.[/p][/quote]Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble. What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.[/p][/quote]As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.[/p][/quote]I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure how to respond. If Gallows humor is now a police matter I'd best do some research on exactly what you are allowed to say in 2014 Britain. I can see it being the end of what for him was a promising career in Shipley which to be honest are few and far between if this isn't corrected. I wouldn't be wanting to go back there thinking that at any moment I could have to deal with someone coming in and saying are you the racist? Would you?[/p][/quote]Can only think the T&A have some strong evidence to support that headline, if not, as stupid as he as been he should go for them big time. I'm sure he will be getting good advice now, could be a 7 figure pay-out given reduced career opportunities as a result of the racist slur. alive and awake
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for?
On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.
Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble.
What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.
As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.
I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?
I'm not sure how to respond. If Gallows humor is now a police matter I'd best do some research on exactly what you are allowed to say in 2014 Britain. I can see it being the end of what for him was a promising career in Shipley which to be honest are few and far between if this isn't corrected. I wouldn't be wanting to go back there thinking that at any moment I could have to deal with someone coming in and saying are you the racist? Would you?
Can only think the T&A have some strong evidence to support that headline, if not, as stupid as he as been he should go for them big time. I'm sure he will be getting good advice now, could be a 7 figure pay-out given reduced career opportunities as a result of the racist slur.
Today's two stories about the case offer no clarification only repeating the comments attributed to him in the first article. It is possible that the T&A have omitted some comments although they make no indication of this in any of the articles. If this is a case of racism I think the reader deserves an explanation as to why instead of being repeatedly told that comments making no mention of either race or religion are racist.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Just passed the new cycle path on canal road just behind the Britannia pub, oh sorry Nisa the pub now being a memory but who'd have wanted a pub near the cycle pah anyway?, and I noticed they'd put down some hard standing. Anyone know what it's for? On a different note why has the T&A reported the Jack Fulton employee's facebook comments as being racist? Stupid, ill judged or sick perhaps but as they make no mention of either race or religion then racist no. It looks like an agenda is being pushed and under the circumstances I find that as distasteful as the comments. The little capitalist viewed the days events as a capitalist.[/p][/quote]Wow! RS we finally agree, and you stole my thunder, if the posting was as stated in the T&A then it was stupid, sick, and he deserves all he gets, but in now way was it racist. The T&A should be brought to task for in sighting trouble. What are you doing lurking in the dark behind pubs/shops? be careful.[/p][/quote]As they have labeled him racist and action has been taken against him due to their misleading coverage I would say he may well have a case for deformation of character.[/p][/quote]I hope he sues, but will it be reported in the T&A?[/p][/quote]I'm not sure how to respond. If Gallows humor is now a police matter I'd best do some research on exactly what you are allowed to say in 2014 Britain. I can see it being the end of what for him was a promising career in Shipley which to be honest are few and far between if this isn't corrected. I wouldn't be wanting to go back there thinking that at any moment I could have to deal with someone coming in and saying are you the racist? Would you?[/p][/quote]Can only think the T&A have some strong evidence to support that headline, if not, as stupid as he as been he should go for them big time. I'm sure he will be getting good advice now, could be a 7 figure pay-out given reduced career opportunities as a result of the racist slur.[/p][/quote]Today's two stories about the case offer no clarification only repeating the comments attributed to him in the first article. It is possible that the T&A have omitted some comments although they make no indication of this in any of the articles. If this is a case of racism I think the reader deserves an explanation as to why instead of being repeatedly told that comments making no mention of either race or religion are racist. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -3

1:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

Having done a little research it turns out it turns out that a derogatory term (albeit a well used one in Bradford) was used to describe the woman. My sympathy is fading although I still feel it was more stupidity than malice. Whether we like it or not there are people in Bradford who have grown up hearing this term used all the time. I agree that we need to educate people that this is wrong, along with all the other hurtful labels that are used when talking about one another, but I think the use of police time and resources to do so is the wrong way to go. We should all be challenging those who make hurtful comments but words should not be awarded the status of offensive weapons. The bacon sandwich remark may just have been because he wanted a bacon sandwich.
Having done a little research it turns out it turns out that a derogatory term (albeit a well used one in Bradford) was used to describe the woman. My sympathy is fading although I still feel it was more stupidity than malice. Whether we like it or not there are people in Bradford who have grown up hearing this term used all the time. I agree that we need to educate people that this is wrong, along with all the other hurtful labels that are used when talking about one another, but I think the use of police time and resources to do so is the wrong way to go. We should all be challenging those who make hurtful comments but words should not be awarded the status of offensive weapons. The bacon sandwich remark may just have been because he wanted a bacon sandwich. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -3

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