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WAWIBF... Political Correctness Gone Mad Gone Mad

3 November 2006

According to an article in The Yorkshire Post this week, local council workers have been ordered not to use phrases such as 'chairman' and 'fireman', and moving someone's stapler has been compared with punching them in the face. Furthermore - and rather cleverly - use of the term 'It's political correctness gone mad' has been outlawed. The training workbook in which all of this has been laid out - 'Equality Essentials' - links the expression to the Ku Klux Klan, stating, 'Use of the phrase "political correctness" is at best factual avoidance and at worst a direct physical attack.'

What's going on?

Is this a joke?

Apparently, and we really are having difficulty swallowing much of this, Kirklees Council's diversity and equality policy is an adaptation of 'Allport's Scale of Prejudice and Discrimination', which you can read a little more about here.

Scale Four is particularly interesting from the point of view of office politics:

'Physical Attack The majority group vandalise minority group things, they burn property and carry out violent attacks on individuals or groups. Physical harm is done to members of the minority group. Examples are lynchings of blacks, pogroms against Jews in Europe, tarring and feathering Mormons in 1800s and British Loyalists in the 1700s.'

Plus of course, hiding someone's hole punch.

Thankfully Kirklees Councillor Robert Light is aware of how ridiculous all of this sounds and keen to phase it out. He told the press this week that some of his authority's policies were a case of 'overzealous political correctness'. Then he took the pillow case off his head, lay down his burning cross and went home to watch his 'Love Thy Neighbour' video.



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