I joke of course. But if you were to read or watch any of the countless works of fiction, television dramas or big screen movies set in rural England you'd be forgiven for thinking these quaint lands come with a 'Whites only' sign. But that, of course, is not the case - hasn't been for a very long time. The proportion of ethnic minorities in rural areas is small but not insignificant. Across rural Britain, they number between 1% to just over 15% of the population.
Yet, in March 2011, the creator of the English village drama Midsomer Murders admitted to whitening up his episodes. "We just don't have ethnic minorities involved," said Brian True-May. "Because it wouldn't be the English village with them. It just wouldn't work. We're the last bastion of Englishness and I want to keep it that way." He was sacked by ITN TV channel, which was "shocked and appalled."
The Casual Vacancy has received mixed reviews but this story about Sikhs stands out. In Rowling's hands, the Jawandas come alive as everyday folk who sit easily with others. Minorities do that in real life. We meet Dr Parminder Jawanda as she walks into the local delicatessen. Just as the countless Parminders do - all over this island.