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February 24, 2010

Political Correctness Gone Stark Staring Bonkers…

Filed under: Language — syzygy @ 11:56 am
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I think this latest gem recently reported on the BBC website just about sums up the complete idiocy, inappropriateness and crass stupidity of the current climate of spurious political correctness. As a long-suffering England supporter of long-standing (and it’s been a very long time since the zenith of 1966 by way of some notable nadirs, principally the long-ball game beloved of the likes of Mr Don Revie and his sidekick Howard Wilkinson) if I can’t laugh a little at the wee sleekit timorous Scots having a jealous and humourous poke at our national team of overpaid mercenaries, then I may as well give up and start following a somewhat less controversial sport such as tiddlewinks. “Anyone But England” is a catchy little title and hardly racist by any stretch of the imagination. What next? Will the abuse of plastic Mancs or the prawn-sandwich brigade supporters of Chelski become a target for this loathesome regiment of semantic neo-Puritans? I shudder to think what will occur if this ridiculous and pettyfogging obsession isn’t sooner or later nipped sharply in the bud or we’ll end up in a post-Orwellian world of minispeak where only sanitised and state-sanctioned semantics are permissible. I may disagree with what the grudge-bearing kilt-wearing little bastages up north of even the remotest fringes of civilisation (which in my book stops somewhere between Totnes and Exeter) but, to paraphrase Voltaire, I’ll volubly defend their right to say it. The time for the PC lobby to be brought collectively to their knees is long overdue.

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September 29, 2009

The Last Wobble…

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized — syzygy @ 6:08 am
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Today the unelected blancmange nominally in charge of the British ship of state, James Gordon Brown, will deliver a keynote speech at the Labour party conference, and, according to the lead article on the BBC website at time of writing, in it he will be announcing a crackdown on anti-social behaviour. I don’t as a rule write on Politics with a capital P, but the prospect of this uninspiring and intellectually unprepossessing individual pontificating on the subject of antisocial behaviour strikes me as not being unakin to Herr Hitler delivering a speech to the Nuremberg rallies on the public need for humility and self-deprecation, minus, of course, the erstwhile Reichskanzler’s undoubted passion, charisma and flair for oratory.  The government which the former Chancellor Mr Brown nominally leads has somehow contrived to effect even more damage to the weft and weave of British society than the last one, a singular achievement given that the oppositional administration prior to the much-vaunted Neu Labour was the strangled afterbirth of Margaret Thatcher’s demented vision, the central philosophical tenet of which being that “There is no such thing as society”, led, lest we have  forgotten, by yet another charmless political nonentity, John Major.

In the years since Britain fell under the new-Nazi New Labour yoke, the rich have become ineffably richer, the poor irrefutably poorer, and the middle-classes reduced to desparation. The dumbing down of Britain, a central project of this administration, has continued apace. Once upon a time there were lies, damned lies and statistics. Now there are just lies. The spur for Mr Brown’s forthcoming tirade was a piece of headline news  in which a mother of a handicapped child, driven to desparation by continual attacks by groups of (what will be characterised no doubt as deprived children in desparate need of social attention) vicious thugs and yobs upon her home, person and property, doused her car in petrol, and committed suicide alongside her daughter.  The govenrment’s response? The Independent Police Complaints Commission (a misnomer if ever there were, being not remotely independent, yet another wing of the of the administration) is to investigate to see whether the police’s response was “proportionate”.  I kid you not. The greasy mechanism of spin is both tireless and and circular. There is nothing in there about addressing the real issues, which, as anybody in Britain knows boil down to the simple fact that the perpetrators of such iniquities have more rights than their victims, and that the police are terrified to act for fear of upsetting one of these little darlings.  This is of course the logic of the madhouse in action, and not particularly suprising when you look at the inmates in overall charge of the asylum.

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