Poltical correctness run amuck in Britain: Is US Next?

I was under the mistaken impression that political correctness had reached its pinnacle within the borders of the United States. Well I am happy to report that I no longer hold that belief.

I found a link to this story on The Barking Moonbat Early Warning System. The Original appears Here.

It seems that in Britain posts that contain words that rhyme with “racist” terms are deemed unlawful, even if you did not post them. The phrase in question is ‘It’s the 'do as you likey' attitude that I am against.’. Apparently “likey” rhymes with “pikey” which is a derogatory reference to gypsies. Who knew?

I fear that like most trends that catch on in Europe it will be picked up by our American Progressives. I can only imagine what blogging will be reduced to then. The PC police will be on the prowl for horribly egregious epithets such as “get back” and “ridding a bike” or maybe such classics as “government is only getting bigger”. I’m afraid I would be cuffed and stuffed in a matter of seconds.

On the up side I can honestly say that I am glad to be an American; which incidentally rhymes with Mexican which can be construed as a racial slur.

Hopefully, if such laws were to infiltrate America, some of our hard earned tax money could be spent to prepare a list of banned words. You know, for example, we would know not to say things like hop, stop shop cop, and pop so as not to offend our Italian brethren Or perhaps words like pay, stay weigh, may and sleigh could be included to avoid offending those of alternative lifestyles. Probably it would just be easier to compile a list of words that are allowed. It would only require a page or two and save tax payers a fortune in printing costs.

All kidding aside I am concerned by this Orwelian nonsense. Newspeak is a sure sign of things more sinister hidden behind the scenes. I can hardly wait to see what comes next.

Below is the original article. Read, enjoy, vomit and return for seconds.

Businessman is arrested in front
of wife and son... for ‘anti-gipsy’
email that he didn’t even write.

A wealthy businessman was arrested at home in front of his wife and young son over an email which council officials deemed ‘offensive’ to gipsies – but which he had not even written.

The email, concerning a planning appeal by a gipsy, included the phrase: ‘It’s the 'do as you likey' attitude that I am against.’

Council staff believed the email was offensive because ‘likey’ rhymes with the derogatory term ‘pikey’.

The 45-year-old IT boss was held in a police cell for four hours until it was established he had nothing to do with the email, which had been sent by one of his then workers, Paul Osmond.

But police had taken his DNA and later confirmed they would be holding it indefinitely.
The businessman, who has asked not to be named, was also fingerprinted in the police investigation estimated to have cost taxpayers up to £12,000.

He said two uniformed officers came to his house on a Sunday afternoon and said he would be handcuffed if he did not accompany them to the police station.
His computer and other internet equipment were also seized.

The email, from a computer at his company, was sent last August to a website at Rother District Council, in East Sussex, on which the public can comment on planning applications.

It referred to an appeal by gipsy Linda Smith, who wants to keep a mobile home in an area of outstanding beauty overlooking the Battle of Hastings site.

The email also read: ‘Get a job, get planning permission but more to the point get out of the neighbourhood.’

The businessman, a father of two, said last night: ‘I had a sense of total disbelief. My wife and I decided to tell my 11-year-old son I had to go with the police because I had witnessed a road accident.

‘Even though the officers were fairly pleasant to me, I was informed I would be handcuffed if I didn’t go voluntarily. They then confiscated my computer and my wife’s computer and took them to the police station.

‘I was extremely angry. I was relaxing in the comfort of my home on a Sunday afternoon and then I was in a police car under arrest – all for an innocent comment by a colleague.’
He was driven five miles to Hastings police station.

He said: ‘I have never had any criminal record and try my best to teach my children right from wrong. This was a ridiculously heavy-handed police reaction to what they perceived as a racist comment. I am not the least bit racist and neither is Paul Osmond. The gipsy family concerned did not complain.

‘I did nothing wrong yet ended up in a police cell for four hours with my DNA stored on a criminal database.’

The arrest happened on November 15 and followed a three-year battle by a gipsy family to win planning permission for the mobile home on land outside the town of Battle.

The family bought a field from a farmer, put down a concrete base, and installed the mobile home at the end of a short driveway. Rother Council issued an enforcement notice against the building.

The businessman said he also objected to the council over the location of the mobile home, which is near his property.

He said: ‘It seems I have to get planning permission for everything I do right down to dead-heading the daffodils.

‘It seems they can erect this home with impunity. But I made my objections entirely through the proper channels and I have absolutely nothing against anyone in the gipsy community.’

The case finally ended last week when Mr Osmond, who had been arrested and bailed, was told there would be no further police action. The planning case is continuing.

Mr Osmond, 39, of Icklesham, said: ‘I made it clear to them I am absolutely not racist. I said I was simply registering my objection to this application because it is 200ft from the most important and historical battlefield in the country.

'I now feel I am not even able to express an opinion for fear of being arrested by the police.

‘One of my closest friends is an Irish traveller and he uses the term 'pikey' all the time. This is the ultimate in political correctness going off the scale.’

Sussex Police said they had arrested the businessman over ‘suspicion of committing a racial or religious-aggravated offence’.

After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, it was decided to take no further action against Mr Osmond.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating said: ‘Sussex Police have a legal duty to promote community cohesion and tackle unlawful discrimination.

‘We are satisfied we acted appropriately in identifying the owner of the computer used and through this, the identity of the writer of the offending line.’

Police said they would hold the innocent men’s DNA indefinitely, which they said was in line with national policy.

A council spokesman said: ‘As far as we were concerned it was an offensive comment, so we got in touch with the police.’

1 comment:

  1. why is it that the countries most identified with democracy have become the biggest abusers of personal freedoms, particularly free speech ???


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