This letter appears in today’s Independent:
I was surprised when Clare Short referred twice on Radio 4's Front Row (2 April) to "mongols". The presenter coughed and said he believed the preferred term was Down's syndrome. Clare Short gave a dismissive apology. Had Ms Short used a derogatory term to refer to people of a different racial background, she would have been slated. What does this say about our attitude to people with learning difficulties?
Sue Turner, Nottingham
Well yes, but what does it say about ‘our’ attitude to nomadic people who hail from the plains of East and Central Asia?