You mess with us at your peril

A NORMAN Baron, when he was dying, gave to his son the following description of the self-will of Sussex people of the time, as later related by Kipling. Not much has changed:

‘The Saxons is not like us Normans, His manners are not so polite.

But he never means anything serious, till he talks about justice and right.

When he stands like an ox in the furrow, wih his sullen set eyes on your own, And grumbles, ‘This isn’t fair dealings,’ my son, leave the Saxon alone.’