Letter: How Britain reveals its affection for the Germans

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Sir: Kenan Malik fails to understand the delicious British humour that actually sees affection, not malice, in the attitudes to the Germans in such programmes as Dad's Army. It is certainly not 'Kraut-bashing'.

Indeed, since the last war there has not only been an admiration in Britain for things German (technology, for example), but also affection and close contact between our peoples. One only has to look at the twinning arrangements throughout Britain, and the many school-to-school exchanges, which are invariably happier, more successful and longer-lasting than similar attempts at contacts with other (and geographically closer) European partners.

Yours truly,

JOHN VEALE

Bristol

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