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And the award for political correctness goes to …

By ATWadmin On November 2nd, 2006

Kirklees Council in Yorkshire for banning the term "political correctness".   According to their 44-page "Equality" booklet, the phrase was first coined by a member of the Ku Klux Klan in 1988 and as it is used to "decry changes which aim to prevent offensive behaviour", therefore using the phrase must, by opposing such necessary measures, be offensive.  Indeed " using the phrase can represent a physical attack."

The Council’s new Tory leader has trashed the ridiculous booklet – in the recycling bin one would hope.  What the authors of the book know is that the phrase, grating and over-used as it no doubt is, gives a name to their manifold inanities, and helps people recognise how ludicrous they are.

By the way, the first citation of the phrase "politically correct" is attributed to the US Supreme Court decision; Chisholme vs Georgia in 1793, according to Wikipedia.


4 Responses to “And the award for political correctness goes to …”

  1. Ah, let me guess: "There is NO PLACE in Kirklees Council for the use of such a phrase".
    Councillors and politicians like saying that, it’s such a beautifully succinct way of closing down the debate, isn’t it? Personally I now use it every time anyone disagrees with me. I put on a schoolmaster-ish face and say "Come on, now. This is 2006, not 1956, and there is no place for such a viewpoint in our enlightened society". It works every time, because everyone knows that "we know better than our grandparents", and that every generation up until now was wrong about everything, but we know it all.

  2. How does one become registered please?

  3. Tom,

    that reminds me of a table in Thomas Sowell’s "Vision of the Anointed" which illustrates proclamations, that are used as substitutes for arguments, thus:

    if something is favoured and existing, it’s "here to stay", favoured and non-existing, it’s "inevitable", opposed and existing, it’s "outmoded", opposed and non-existing, it’s "unrealistic."

    Monica, I think you just have to go to the "log in" bit down the bottom of the left hand side.

  4. That is real 1984 stuff!