Often we hear the anguished cry of “This is political correctness gone mad” when the latest example of pussyfooting around the truth comes to light. But that understandable reaction misses the point – which is that political correctness is always mad by definition. It is based on a wholly ludicrous proposition – that if only we can censor free speech and control the expression of ideas then miraculously we will all then live together in a wonderful atmosphere of peace and harmony.
It is nonsense, of course: a bit like King Arthur’s edict that it would only rain at night in Camelot, it just isn’t going to happen. And yet there are those who genuinely believe they are serving the public good by airbrushing the truth so that reality is disguised and false imagery is promoted. We see it in every aspect of modern life, from the way we treat Islam to how we handle immigration. Even to the way police officers should dress in case it offends the transgender community.
Sadiq Khan said attackers weren’t real Muslims
We want our country back whether that offends anyone or not
The student union in Norwich banned a Mexican restaurant from handing out sombreros because it was promoting “discriminatory or stereotypical imagery”. And shame on anyone who dares to fly the Union Jack during the election because they must be far-Right fanatics. How did we let our country come to this? How did we let the PC brigade take over?
How did offending someone become a hate crime? The answer lies in the very core of Britishness: we are a gentle, easy-going nation whose intrinsic values – although eroded somewhat over the years – include tolerance and understanding. We’d rather not make a fuss, just let people get on with whatever they want to do because we believe unswervingly in “live and let live”.
The London Ambulance Service received calls about an incident at 10.07pm
Sorry Mr President, you’re wrong about that. It can’t get any worse. The three terrorist outrages this year – not to mention the dozen or more attacks which the police and security services have foiled – show that there is a cancer within our society which until now we’ve been afraid to deal with. Only yesterday London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan was declaring that the London Bridge killers did not practise any kind of Islam he recognised. That’s pious, meaningless, PC piffle.
Until decent Muslims accept that those who kill supposedly in the name of Allah actually live in their apartheid-like communities, pray in their mosques, seek justice in their sharia courts and shop in their halal stores – and are therefore little different to the rest of them – then it will always be much easier to take the PC way out and shift the blame away from where it really lies.
The report, commissioned by the equality and human rights guru Trevor Phillips, urged that Britain should become a “community of communities” in which each community would respect the other by avoiding causing offence. He fell for it hook, line and sinker. When one writer dared to criticise the report Phillips compared his article to the “jottings from the BNP leader’s weblog”. In other words, racism.
But much to his credit Phillips had a Damascene conversion, assuming I’m allowed to use a Christian analogy. He dramatically called for the end of multiculturalism and demanded that “a core of Britishness” be asserted. Today he says of the report: “It would be fair to say that I made a big mistake. It was a clear statement that some groups can play by their own rules.”
Theresa May said “enough is enough” in response to the attack
Political correctness must end now. The price for the distortions it has created is being paid in the blood of innocents.
We want our country back whether that offends anyone or not.