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Greer speaks up for Essex people

Feminist Germaine Greer said that second and third generation East London “Essexers” needed a celebration for the rich working class culture of loud enjoyment they bring.

She told her audience of local government officials and a sprinkling of councillors: “I love Essex for its honesty. It is less churchy, less self-congratulatory and more open than another county – Cambridgeshire – that I know well.

“There, people you meet one day will pretend they don’t remember you the next, whereas in Essex they always say ”Yuh, right!”

“Essex has never been a dainty county where people go to die or clip the hedge. Are we proud or do we apologise? Essex Girl is wonderful. She is loud, determined to have a good time and she won’t take no s***. I love her.

“And while we are about it let’s have the poppy as the Essex flower. It’s bright, brash and right on just like Essex Girl.”

Feb 2003

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