Shame on you, Dr Chav

August 31, 2007

Dr Chav began his article ("Who are you calling a thicko prole?", August 17) with an excellent point. Academe's contempt goes beyond white working class boys to what they represent, and what was recently put into words by a rather senior university academic as "60-hour-a-week slaveys".

What a pity that Dr Chav then spoilt his argument by demonstrating his own prejudice - "I consider myself lucky to have escaped such a fate" - and made matters worse by linking his argument to one that is explicitly racist: "my department... as ethnically diverse as a Ku Klux Klan convention".

Shame on you, Dr Chav. How did you obtain your PhD and indeed your post with such an illogical and inconsistent approach to intelligent debate?

Margaret Rayner
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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