Calm down Clarissa. We like it here!
TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright's remarks about her experiences during a visit to Leicester are, of course, unfair and insensitive. But mostly they are ridiculous. In her new book, she writes about an incident in which she became lost in the city and found herself in an area where "all the men were wearing Islamic clothing and all the women were wearing burkas and walking slightly behind them."
The men did not talk to her "because I was an English female and they don't talk to females they don't know."
On the basis of this experience she then goes on to make a huge leap.
She had not simply had an awkward social encounter but had become "a complete outcast and pariah" in the middle of her own country.
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And this one-off incident also enables her to make a sweeping observation.
She expresses the hope that in generations to come there will be a merging of cultures "and not the exclusion zone that is the ghetto."
Calm down dear! It's not that bad here, honestly.
Yes, it is true that there are people in Leicester from different cultures.
Some dress differently, some speak different languages, some have different religious customs and different cultural traditions.
However, we like to think that this is all part of Leicester's rich tapestry.
It has never amounted, in our experience, to being made to feel like an "outcast or pariah".
Indeed, we are incredibly proud of Leicester's international reputation as a modern, multicultural city, which is peaceful and tolerant.
The picture of Leicester she paints bears no resemblance to the Leicester we recognise from living and working here.
It is also particularly unfortunate that she has made her comments about the Islamic community, which has been portrayed in a relentlessly negative manner in sections of the media over the past few years. Her remarks will inevitably be hurtful to people who already feel vilified and vulnerable.
Even so, we would like to extend the hand of friendship to Ms Dickson Wright and offer her an open invitation to come to the Leicester Mercury offices where we are more than happy to take her for a proper look round the city we love.