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The “gammon” wars: taking back control of our insults

A new form of racism—if that's what it is—is directed by white people at pink people

By Sam Leith  
A gammon, yesterday

A gammon, yesterday

“Daddy, daddy,” your children will one day ask, “what did you do in the gammon wars?” Each generation has its time of trial. And for this one, it is the great debate over whether “gammon”—a Corbynite slur aimed at the sort of hypertensive white man in late middle age whose angry Brexit face is to be seen in the audience at Question Time—is, as some claim, racist; or, as others claim, classist; or, as its users claim, no more than a woundingly spot-on…

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