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UK: Now council bans the use of 'political correctness' at work (The phrase, not the policies)
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | November 1, 2006 | CHRIS BROOKE

Posted on 11/01/2006 1:52:53 PM PST by Stoat

Now council bans the use of 'political correctness' at work

By CHRIS BROOKE Last updated at 10:41am on 1st November 2006

 

Cllr Robert Light: Kirklees council leader blamed his political opponents and said the booklet was no longer being used by council staff

A council has warned staff against using the phrase 'political correctness' at work because it might offend people.

A booklet outlining 'equality' policy to council workers claims using the term at work can be damaging and even linked it to the Ku Klux Klan.

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The bizarre publication also orders staff not to use words like 'policeman', 'fireman' and 'chairman', suggesting they are classic examples of 'exclusionary language.'

While the word 'ethnic' is also outlawed for being not 'appropriately descriptive.'

The 44-page training book called 'Equality Essentials' has been used for staff training courses at Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire.

The publication outlines forms of damaging behaviour in the workplace and rates them on a five-level scale.

The authors claim that moving things around on someone else's desk is as serious as punching or kicking them.

And workers are instructed to come up with 10 things they can do every day to make colleagues feel better.

Tory MP for Shipley Phillip Davies, a patron of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, branded the pamphlet 'extreme and patronising.'

'How much is it costing to produce all this garbage?' he said. 'The policy is full of either the blindingly obvious or utterly ridiculous nonsense.'

A section of the 'PC booklet is devoted to denouncing the use of the words 'political correctness'.

It states:'Political correctness is often used to describe what some of us think are unnecessary changes which don't really bother anyone.

'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

'Since then the phrase political correctness has almost universally been used to decry changes which aim to prevent offensive behaviour.'

It goes on to say because this takes the form of 'blaming the victim, denying peoples experience or expressing the view of a popular majority,' using the phrase can represent a 'physical attack.'

The authority's new Tory leader Robert Light blamed his political opponents and said the booklet was no longer being used by council staff.

'We don't think it is relevant to use this booklet. We are trying to achieve the situation where the council has a more professional, modern approach. Diversity is still an issue for us but we will be taking a common sense approach rather than being part of the PC culture.

'Kirklees Council has had the title of most PC Council in Yorkshire and we are determined to change that view.'

Mr Light added:'References to the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Germany are really extreme to use in a training guide even as a reference, it's very bizarre.

'I find it more unbelievable that they complain about the use of the word ethnic when it is the term that Government bodies, think-tanks and local leaders all use. It's very off the wall.'

Kirklees Council employs more than 18,000 people and has a budget of more than £470 million.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dasistverboten; freedomofspeech; freespeech; liberallunacy; lll; loonyleft; newspeak; orwell; pc; pcrunamok; politicalcorrectness; socialism; speechgestapo; thoughtpolice; uk
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S.O.P. for the Left....when their policies induce widespread revolt and derision, don't change the policies, change the language used to describe them.
1 posted on 11/01/2006 1:52:56 PM PST by Stoat
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Someone on the radio just used the term, "intellectual fascism." Talk about hitting the nail on the head.


2 posted on 11/01/2006 1:54:45 PM PST by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: Stoat

I thought Donna Shalala coined the term "political correctness".


3 posted on 11/01/2006 2:00:50 PM PST by Buck W. (If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.)
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To: Stoat

What nitwits! The phrase 'politically correct' originally came from the left as a description of a secular-leftist analog of 'holier than thou'.


4 posted on 11/01/2006 2:01:53 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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Well to be fair the term was offending some people. To be pol... err, to be multi-culturally and diplomatically (MAD) sensitive, we should just call it being MAD. That won't offend anyone except those who are angry already (and they are already a lost cause).


5 posted on 11/01/2006 2:01:53 PM PST by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

Actually, I believe it is a translation of one of Mao's edicts.

6 posted on 11/01/2006 2:02:23 PM PST by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: Buck W.

Nope, it's a lot older than that (see #4).


7 posted on 11/01/2006 2:02:47 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Stoat

Word ungood in Newspeak. Nonesuch existing elsewise.


8 posted on 11/01/2006 2:03:57 PM PST by Lazamataz (I love you.... but not in a gay way.)
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To: Stoat

and the ACLU now says they are not socialists, they are conservatives.


This politicial is just evidence of Doublespeak BS that dominates the POLICALL CORRECTNESS movement.

(iow: what a weenie)


9 posted on 11/01/2006 2:05:49 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Stoat
So much to comment on.
But "using the phrase can equal a physical attack" lost out to
"the word 'ethnic' is...outlawed for being not 'appropriately descriptive."

Gotta wonder what they had in mind to replace 'ethnic'...?

10 posted on 11/01/2006 2:10:12 PM PST by norton
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Eating their own tail again.


11 posted on 11/01/2006 2:30:25 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (This space for hire...)
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Wow, UK bans more and more speech every day...........amazing! No longer is there free speech in the UK at all. If we don't correct some of the policies here, our own will erode more and more!


12 posted on 11/01/2006 2:33:10 PM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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To: longtermmemmory

LOL good one.......hence my tag line!


13 posted on 11/01/2006 2:35:19 PM PST by gidget7 (Political Correctness is Marxism with a nose job)
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S.O.P. for the Left....when their policies induce widespread revolt and derision, don't change the policies, change the language used to describe them.

Racial quotas = Affirmative action

14 posted on 11/01/2006 2:36:56 PM PST by Flashman_at_the_charge (A proud member of the self-preservation society)
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And workers are instructed to come up with 10 things they can do every day to make colleagues feel better.

I can think of ten ways my colleagues can make me feel better. Oddly enough, they all involve leaving me alone to do my job.
15 posted on 11/01/2006 2:38:13 PM PST by Xenalyte (Viva Espaņa!)
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To: Stoat

How "double plus ungood" of them.


16 posted on 11/01/2006 2:39:51 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Winston Smith double plus rocks!


17 posted on 11/01/2006 2:52:17 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: Stoat
Lies.

The term "politically correct" comes from MARXISTS, who used it in all earnest to describe statements which agreed with their politics. It was picked up by ex-socialist neo-conservatives to beat up the Marxists because of the absurdity of looking at everything through a political lens. Leftists absolutely HATE the term because they know how effective it is for blowing them off. But it cam from leftists, in the first place.

18 posted on 11/01/2006 3:03:57 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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'The term political correctness was coined in 1988 by John O'Sullivan III, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was making an after dinner speech complaining about how Black Americans were being allowed to take the jobs traditionally reserved for the white majority because of a wave of political correctness.

I present you with proof that the term "politically correct" predates the year 1988 and comes from leftists, not conservatives. Here you will find a discussion from the net.women group of the old Usenet (which used to only have net. and mod. groups) about the term "politically correct" dated July 18, 1985. It was posted to net.women, which was at the time a feminist and leftist haven and you'll find references to it being used in leftist circles long before this date in this thread. I can do more research if anyone really cares.

But like I said, the Left hates the term "politically correct" because it makes it difficult for them to hide their nonsense.

19 posted on 11/01/2006 3:12:43 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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Communist tyrant imbeciles...I wonder if they
have any idea what a bunch of imbeciles they
look like..and are..with this moronic ruling.


20 posted on 11/01/2006 3:15:11 PM PST by NickatNite2003
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