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You could call this my blog

I usually have strong feelings about something in the news but often my thoughts are not enough to dedicate a unique page to the subject. So I figured the best solution was to raise such items as a blog. If other readers add to my thoughts it might then be possible to dedicate more space to the topic. Bear in mind not everyone will agree with me and it would be a strange world if we all agreed on everything. When I come across an item of interest I usually make a stance - one side or the other. You may not agree with me - that's your prerogative. But let me know anyway. The results of any feedback help to establish the weight of public opinion.

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New racist words

Certain things I have read recently make me ask myself an important question: where have I been all my life?

Last week (w/c 17th March 2014) I read an article criticising two programs on television for using racist terms.  The first concerned Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond were viewing a bridge they had built across a river in Thailand. Clarkson commented that 'it was a proud moment but there was a slope on it'.

The twitterers of this world leapt indignantly to their twittering machines to pronounce that 'slope' was a highly offensive and racist comment; a derogatory term for people of Asian appearance. A term that the BBC should not allow.

I have to say that I don't consider myself to be a fan of Jeremy Clarkson and I don't watch Top Gear but I do consider this to be unfair criticism by people I might term as 'wierdos'. To me, 'slope' means an incline and the photos of the bridge showed that it certainly was not level.

Then some actress of Asian origin (a woman no-one appears to have heard of before) decides to sue the BBC for 1m unless they apologise for the insult to Asian people. Hopefully, Clarkson will point out that no insult was intended or implied and the BBC will refuse to apologise for the use of a word that most intelligent viewers immediately recognised as the description of a bridge that slanted from one side to the other.

The second incident concerned a Jonathan Creek episode when the word 'jigaboo' appeared on a scrabble board. Apparently this is a racist word used to describe a black person but I have to say it's a word I've never heard before. Perhaps I don't mix with the right people - the sort who seem to take offence at everything - in which case I'm glad I don't! In days gone by black people were often referred to as 'coons' or 'sambos', usually to their face, but I don't recall them taking offence. They had their own words to describe white people so it was tit for tat.

However, I am rather perplexed by the efforts of certain people to expose the words we are supposedly using to offend ethnic minorities. As far as I can tell, blacks still refer to white people as 'honkies' but I never read about any of them being prosecuted for racism.

So who are these people who go out of their way to make trouble? Are they the same people who want to replace perfectly good English phrases with completely meaningless American ones? For example, 'think outside the box'. Was it really necessary to replace 'exceeding current limits' with 'pushing the envelope'? That said, 'pushing the envelope' has also been known to refer to the movement across the desk of a brown envelope containing a council official's backhander (in cash). Now that's something we all understand.

While on the subject, my wife apparently caused offence to a black girl in her office by talking about an incident on the train involving 'coloured' boys. The girl made her feelings of offence known to everyone in the office. But when my wife and I were young, our parents told us the polite way to refer to a non-white person was to use the term 'coloured'. Rightly so: it was far better than the American term 'nigger'. But, though they insist on being called 'blacks', how many are actually black. Should we call them 'browns' or would that be racist?

I despair! It appears we shall in future have to watch every word we say for fear of causing offence to someone. What is the world coming to? Are we just surrounded by trouble-making minorities who have nothing better to do than express their feelings on Twitter? I dread to think what it would have been like if Twitter had been around in the 'Alf Garnet' days. Humour would have been killed off completely.

No allegiance - no morals

If you need proof that MPs have no interest in the proud heritage of the UK you only have to look at the bunch of politicians who believe allegiance to our Queen infringes their human rights. Instead, they want to swear allegiance to their constituents.

Well we already know how they view their constituents. We're just the sops who pay for their luxuries by coughing up for their fiddled expenses.

Standards have been slipping for many years but we have to have a focal point for our loyalty and the Queen is the natural recipient. The members of our armed forces, who are worth far more than any politician, don't have any problems swearing their allegiance and they prove it by being prepared to sacrifice their lives for the country. So any MP who won't swear allegiance should be charged with treason and then sent to the front line in Iraq or Afghanistan to work with men and women who are loyal to their country.

Visitors' Comments

AW, Devon writes:

Can't wait for the follow-up to this excellent article. How long will it take for enough people to wake up to this reality? Time is sadly running out.

"Many men stumble across the truth ... but most manage to pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened."

Winston S Churchill

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