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Anti British backlash in times of Covid

Just wondered if anyone has had any strange experiences in Switzerland following the rather stupid behaviour of our compatriots insisting on coming over here to ski etc, bringing all the new variants of COVID with them.

I'm a Brit myself, and not seen anything yet, but then again I've not been out much, but wondered if anyone on public transport or elsewhere has at least been tut-tutted or worse.

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Old 29.01.2021, 12:27
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wondered if anyone on public transport or elsewhere has at least been tut-tutted or worse.
how would anyone know? do you go around with a union jack hat on or something?

i've always been anti-british myself and its only got worse since brexit. i'm so anti-british i applied for an irish passport 8 years ago (predicting brexit) and let my british passport expire.
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i've always been anti-british myself and its only got worse since brexit. i'm so anti-british i applied for an irish passport 8 years ago (predicting brexit) and let my british passport expire.
So you're British and anti-British?
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So you're British and anti-British?
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Re: Anti British backlash in times of Covid

FWIW the cool bar close to the Aarau train station is named Ye Olde Penny-farthing. I'll report back if the managers decide to rename it after something less controversial, something less English

Just joking, if I remember well the local media attributed responsibility in equal parts to resort managers(greedy), federal council (open borders to tourism), and tourists (reckless). The English media made it a larger story than here. So, a thing of the past.
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No, but then I've only spoken to a very few Swiss people in the last few weeks, just close neighbours, apartment renters and a couple of shop assistants, many of whom wouldn't necessarily know I was British anyway.
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Re: Anti British backlash in times of Covid

I doubt it. How can you tell if someone is British or not?

What DID happen though, when COVID started, MANY Asians were the target of racist slurs and discrimination. Didn't matter what nationality you were, "the Asians that spread Corona" were all put into box. My Korean, Chinese and Japanese colleagues & friends all experienced very uncomfortable situations and harsh comments from strangers on the street & train, myself included.

The irony is, that Asia contained the situation much better.
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I doubt it. How can you tell if someone is British or not?

What DID happen though, when COVID started, MANY Asians were the target of racist slurs and discrimination. Didn't matter what nationality you were, "the Asians that spread Corona" were all put into box. My Korean, Chinese and Japanese colleagues & friends all experienced very uncomfortable situations and harsh comments from strangers on the street & train, myself included.

The irony is, that Asia contained the situation much better.
If you hear them. Funny story though: a friend from back home said she had literally seen people getting away real fast when she answered her phone and spoke in Italian. It was during the first Covid wave and Italy situation was very bad so everyone who travelled there and from there was highly suspicious...
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I doubt it. How can you tell if someone is British or not?
Fat, balding and/or short grey hair, haggered pasty complexion, in a national or Liverpool football shirt
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So you're British and anti-British?

Would describe a lot of British ex-pats, almost by definition, but the island of Ireland is of course a special case.
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Re: Anti British backlash in times of Covid

When we were on holiday and got incessant "where you from" as we walked down the street my German gf wanted me to stop saying "England" but it was no problem at all, as England was on lockdown.


Seeing as the Swiss seem to not take the virus all that seriously I can't imagine there being any backlash. If it would somehow encourage people to wear a mask (properly) then it could be a good thing but I suppose you'd only really know when groups of Ruperts and Victorias turn up in Ski resorts.
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Re: Anti British backlash in times of Covid

Very different from France. The country is about to go back into full confinement, there are curfews and travel interdiction in place, ski resorts still closed with all Hôtels, restaurants, ski schools - and people unemployed in massive numbers and businesses going bankrupt all over the place. As the new confinement is blamed, rightly or wrongly, on that group of Brits- no wonder tempers are rising.

'' Regional health authorities are also investigating whether the group travelled directly from the UK to the resort or not. According to France Bleu some of them had taken a TGV high speed train between Lille and Lyon before arriving in Haute-Savoie.

So far just one to two percent of coronavirus cases in France are believed to have been caused by the fast-spreading variant, but officials fear it could drastically worsen the health situation.

A new lockdown "would probably become an absolute necessity" if the spread of this variant increased "significantly" in France, Health Minister Olivier Véran warned on Thursday.

The purpose of the group's visit or their arrival date was not immediately clear.'' (The Local)

Recognising them was fairly easy as no-one else was there - as all ski resorts are closed in France, and they were quite a large group.

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Re: Anti British backlash in times of Covid

We don’t need the covid to dislike them...

Jokes apart, the covid is just emphasizing very bad behaviors from us against expats or even among us...

I don’t think that’s strictly related to the covid, I believe that’s related to lack of education... to accept the unacceptable...

People don’t say even good morning on the elevator anymore...
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What DID happen though, when COVID started, MANY Asians were the target of racist slurs and discrimination. Didn't matter what nationality you were, "the Asians that spread Corona" were all put into box. My Korean, Chinese and Japanese colleagues & friends all experienced very uncomfortable situations and harsh comments from strangers on the street & train, myself included.
Sorry to hear it. My wife didn't encounter any hostility over here in Basel.

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We don’t need the covid to dislike them...
I was going to reply "I've experienced no more than usual".
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Re: Anti British backlash in times of Covid

I've only ever seen one person ranting about 'blöde Engländer'.

He was boarding the train obliviously crowding the person in front of him, wearing his mask dangling from his ear.

I didn't know if I should laugh or cry.
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If this is irony then good one!
If not, then you're not supposed to get on (in) the elevator with other people!
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Fat, balding and/or short grey hair, haggered pasty complexion, in a national or Liverpool football shirt
Apart from the football shirt that sounds more like a certain gentleman from Ticino
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Very different from France. The country is about to go back into full confinement, there are curfews and travel interdiction in place, ski resorts still closed with all Hôtels, restaurants, ski schools - and people unemployed in massive numbers and businesses going bankrupt all over the place. As the new confinement is blamed, rightly or wrongly, on that group of Brits- no wonder tempers are rising.

'' Regional health authorities are also investigating whether the group travelled directly from the UK to the resort or not. According to France Bleu some of them had taken a TGV high speed train between Lille and Lyon before arriving in Haute-Savoie.

So far just one to two percent of coronavirus cases in France are believed to have been caused by the fast-spreading variant, but officials fear it could drastically worsen the health situation.

A new lockdown "would probably become an absolute necessity" if the spread of this variant increased "significantly" in France, Health Minister Olivier Véran warned on Thursday.

The purpose of the group's visit or their arrival date was not immediately clear.'' (The Local)

Recognising them was fairly easy as no-one else was there - as all ski resorts are closed in France, and they were quite a large group.
The variant was never going to stay out of France permanently. Do people even know if the skiiers tested positive for the variant (they seemed to think they picked it up in France)?
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Very different from France. The country is about to go back into full confinement, there are curfews and travel interdiction in place, ski resorts still closed with all Hôtels, restaurants, ski schools - and people unemployed in massive numbers and businesses going bankrupt all over the place. As the new confinement is blamed, rightly or wrongly, on that group of Brits- no wonder tempers are rising.

'' Regional health authorities are also investigating whether the group travelled directly from the UK to the resort or not. According to France Bleu some of them had taken a TGV high speed train between Lille and Lyon before arriving in Haute-Savoie.

So far just one to two percent of coronavirus cases in France are believed to have been caused by the fast-spreading variant, but officials fear it could drastically worsen the health situation.

A new lockdown "would probably become an absolute necessity" if the spread of this variant increased "significantly" in France, Health Minister Olivier Véran warned on Thursday.

The purpose of the group's visit or their arrival date was not immediately clear.'' (The Local)

Recognising them was fairly easy as no-one else was there - as all ski resorts are closed in France, and they were quite a large group.
Hotels in ski resorts are not closed by law, they could choose to close or stay open.

Don't believe everything you read in the local.
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