Sometimes the Daily Mail, and other tabloids, use dog-whistles. Then at other times, they put a pound of fresh steak on a plate on the floor and slap their thighs, shouting "Here boy!"
This is one of those occasions, in a primary school playground attempt at a hatchet job on the suddenly popular Nick Clegg*:
Despite his Anglo-Saxon name, Nick Clegg is by blood the least British leader of a British political party, the son of a Dutch mother and a half-Russian merchant banker father.
Horrors! How dare he hide his evil foreign blood in the Trojan horse of an Anglo-Saxon name! And it's tempting to offer a few 'Anglo-Saxon' phrases of your own in response to that kind of thing. I know you have to look at it in the context of the article - in which Clegg is viewed with suspicion by the Mail for being exactly the class of person they would ordinarily like but somehow hypocritical by mentioning that he's from the North of England... as if it's impossible to be both posh and Northern, somehow. But come on... a Dutch mother and a half-Russian father? Does that really taint his 'blood' somehow? (Did Michael Howard get the same kind of sneery treatment for his European background?)
But it doesn't stop with Clegg himself:
Away from Westminster, it is Clegg's Spanish-born wife Miriam who has been hailed as the real breath of fresh air. In a sly dig at Samantha Cameron, who has put her job as creative director of stationery firm Smythson on hold for the campaign, Miriam has said: 'I don't have the luxury of a job I can simply abandon for five weeks, and I imagine that is the situation for most people in the country.'
Spanish-born! Eeek! It's that whole idea, commonly expressed through Mail articles about immigration, that people who aren't born in Britain aren't properly British - and that people with immigrant backgrounds aren't properly British either. It's not so much a dog-whistle as a squeaky toy. Here's this man who has an Anglo-Saxon name, but *whisper, knowing look* his parents were foreign. And his wife... she's foreign as well. (She doesn't even take five weeks' holiday off work to help her husband - how dare she not? - and then when she explains that's impossible for her, that's a sly dig at Samantha Cameron - what a bitch!)
It may not matter to you. It doesn't matter to me. But then this is a newspaper that constantly seeks to create a distorted image of immigrants and immigration, a newspaper in which it was said in a news story rather than a comment piece that the 'impact of immigration' could not be assessed because British-born children of immigrants were not counted as immigrants - as if that was somehow wrong. The Mail knows what it's doing with this kind of thing.
* UPDATE: The headline in the dead-tree version was 'His wife is Spanish, his mother was Dutch, his father half-Russian and his spin doctor's German... is there ANYTHING British about Nick Clegg?' - which drives the point home even more heavily than the online version. The answer to the question is of course 'Yes, he was born and raised here, he lives here, his parents lived here - that's what British is, unless you've got a borderline racist definition of British'.