A local politician doorstepped us yesterday (there must be an election looming if the politicians deign to visit). He wasnâ€™t a success.
Firstly, he was already on his way to glad-hand next door before I even had time to answer our door, and secondly, his first words when he did manage to return were â€œSo you donâ€™t speak much English?â€
After we established that I am Australian, he said that he thought heâ€™d heard Eastern European accents on his first pass of our door. Considering the speed at which he moved, maybe the doppler effect had distorted what he heard.
â€œSo you donâ€™t speak much English?â€ as an opening gambit is at once appalling and condescending, regardless of what he thought he heard.