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March 5, 2010

It’s not only English patriots wot can’t spell it’s noo-Labur two

Filed under: Politics — syzygy @ 8:58 pm
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From Linda Gilroy MP’s website, in an insultingly sparsely churlish obituary of Michael Foot, former leader of the Labour Party, one of the last of the old guard of politicians with morals, honour and integrity, comes this little piece of typographical inexactitude. She obviously cared enough about her party’s former leader to not even bother to pass a spell-checker over her obituary, which could have been run up in less time than it takes sitting in the 1st class carriage of the First Great Western to get from Plymouth to Ivybridge.

He was a towering intellectual and a great orator – but also a fundementally decent man. even in his nineties he could declaim passionately about the things that mattered to him.

No wonder educational standards are in decline if some of our elected representatives can’t even get it right in the fulsome 3 sentences which they deign to lavish.

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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