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PC and proud

I like Giles Wemmbley Hogg ("two 'm's, two 'g's"), the posh, well-meaning young idiot who roams the world in the Radio 4 comedy series Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off. How can I not be amused by someone who has a tortoise called "Slow Giles"? But now I like his creator, Marcus Brigstocke, even more, thanks to this column in today's Guardian on the subject of political correctness:
Accusations of politically correct thought control have become a pathetic and transparent excuse for lazy racists, sexists and Islamophobes the land over. Challenging PC has become a game of chicken for bigots - daring each other to run out into the busy PC motorway and say something stupid before dashing back for cover. Who will dare to go the furthest without actually invading Poland? The Tories? Ukip? The Daily Mail? An excellent comic by the name of Chris Addison has said, "You can tell people who read the Daily Mail because they follow every stupid thing they say with the phrase '... but I suppose that's not politically correct', and think that makes it OK to say whatever they want."......Political correctness is as exploitable as any other progressive ideal, but its aim is to stifle the incessant noise of those who flap their careless lips without a thought about those they might offend and why that might be important. PC exists to balance out the loudest voices, who assume that the things they are used to are somehow sacred or (God forbid) "traditional", just because no one's had the sense or the balls to change them.

You tell 'em, Giles! I mean, Marcus. You rock.


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May. 24th, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
I saw that this morning: I particularly liked the bit about Daily Mail readers. I'm going to remember that one for the next time I have to take a taxi in Hertfordshire.
May. 24th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
Who will dare to go the furthest without actually invading Poland?

Brilliant! I will use that phrase as part of my "destroy the stupid" armoury.
May. 24th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
My favourite phrase too!
May. 24th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
I hate the way people who say 'political correctness gone mad' all the time seem to presume that we'd all like to be walking around calling people names, but we just can't because of 'political correctness'.

There was a caller to 'Liveline' (of all places) who I really liked last week -- they were talking about the 'kebabs' debacle, and she said that saying things like that wasn't really an accident, because if they weren't in your head, then they couldn't slip out.
May. 24th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly! I mean, there isn't the slightest chance of you or I using racial slurs "by accident", because we don't think of people like that. And yeah, it's not like we're chafing at the bit, wishing the PC police weren't there to stop us being racist bigots.
May. 24th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Gah, I was mixing my metaphors there - that should have been "champing at the bit"!
May. 24th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Delurking to say that is awesome.
May. 25th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
That's fantastic stuff, I wish someone here in Oz would challenge that line of thinking.
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