I had to gasp at the news today where the chief executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency has admitted to sending a racist joke in a text message to his driver. Steve Broomhead is a pleasant enough bloke, he's even referred to me as a "critical friend". What's surprising is I find it hard enough to imagine him telling a joke, let alone a racist one.
PS I've now been told the joke and it's not that offensive. Weak, but hardly a hate crime.