Nothing to apologise for
Only people a very long way from mainstream social debate could possibly imagine using the expression '˜Polish prison' to describe the new Pets at Home building in Tweedmouth is racist or offensive.
This level of political correctness mocks any real cases of social prejudice.
There are properties in Berwick which can be fairly described as being like a Chinese pagoda or a Russian dacha, a French bordella, a German bunker, a Spanish hacienda, an American flophouse, a Scottish tenement, an Irish hovel or a Mexican shanty – the list is endless.
To identify something by its place-name is a standard form of speech.
An English bar, for example, identifies a type of drinking house not found in other countries. A Turkish prison suggests a place of horror, yet doesn’t remotely reflect on the Turkish people themselves. To suggest it does is simply illiterate.
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The point about Polish prisons is that most of them are good examples of brutal Soviet-era architecture and, as such, perfectly describe the new Pets at Home building.
The Mayor of Berwick has nothing to apologise about.