This was evident in a tribunal case this week in which a Polish chap won £2,250 for having been called, by his English workmates, “Borat”. Borat was the creation of the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and was intended to be a Kazakh, his country of origin some 2,000 miles away from Warsaw. One of Borat’s defining characteristics was a rabid anti-semitism, and yet there is no great evidence of anti-semitism in Kazakhstan. There is, however, in Poland, according to both the survivors of that aforementioned non-capital city and indeed the German SS guards working at the place (I refer you, m’lud to the works of Gitta Sereny and Primo Levi). So perhaps the Polish chap’s English workmates were groping towards a larger geopolitical truth. Either way it would be pleasing if our milder forms of racism were based upon stereotypes which had some sort of relationship to the truth, don’t you think?