It’s political correctness gone mad


by Sunny
5th June, 2007 at 1:11 am    

At the end of a Daily Mail article on the new London 2012 logo, Tory MP Philip Davies is quoted as saying: “Bright pink is certainly not the colour I would have chosen to represent the United Kingdom. I suppose it sums up the politically-correct world that this Government appears to inhabit.

Put aside the absurdity of anyone thinking that using bright pink is a capitulation to the ‘politically-correct world’. One of the colours being used is magenta. It is a Tory MP being quoted after all – one can only assume they’re handed a media relations guide encouraging them to blame political correctness whenever the Daily Mail or Express call.

But the quote is great. The term ‘political correctness gone mad’ is over-used to the point of absurdity by the right. The only way to kill it would be for the progressive left to also over-use it to the point of absurdity. The government’s renewing Trident? It’s political correctness gone mad! England doing crap at cricket? Surely political correctness is to blame? Inadvertently, Tory MP Philip Davies is furthering our cause. One can only hope political correctness doesn’t lead to him the back-benches.


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  1. Tudor Rickards

    Is pinkness 'political correctness gone mad' (#PCGM). http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/1177




  1. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 1:34 am  

    I used to know political correctness as a small child. All it wanted was a bit of love and attention, but alas, it went ignored. I suppose this is what led it to turn to drugs, although junkies will blame anything and I just sat there watching the poor bastard disintegrate into a syd barretesque world of psychadelia and pot plant surrealism. It may have gone mad now, but I still remember it as a small child that just wanted to be adored

  2. Leon — on 5th June, 2007 at 1:35 am  

    One would hope that political correctness would lead him off the backbenches and unelected to go pontificate on his bullshit elsewhere and not at taxpayers expense.

  3. Katy — on 5th June, 2007 at 1:38 am  

    It is a shit logo, though.

  4. Sunny — on 5th June, 2007 at 1:51 am  

    It is a shit logo, though.

    No disagreement there.

    bullshit elsewhere and not at taxpayers expense.

    Aha, but you see the Tories are happy to supply us with bullshit for free.

  5. Leon — on 5th June, 2007 at 2:24 am  

    True for the most part but this guy is a MP and that means we pay his wages.

  6. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 4:11 am  

    I thought Beano disallowing the word Snigger was political correctness gone mad, the reason being racist schoolkids were crossing out the S. The same thing happened, this time in the case of Dandy, when Desperate Dan had to swap his cow pies for veggie bean pie as not to offend Hindus. And Beryl the Peril wearing a hijab and going under the name Beryl the Burkha was, I thought, ridiculous. We should start a campaign or something

  7. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:10 am  

    Tony Blair isn’t happy to find Ewan has decorated his new bedroom with swastikas

    He explains:

    It’s political correctness gone, dad

  8. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:15 am  

    A pair of testicles are furious to find themselves turned away from hitler’s ball

    The penis bouncer mockingly points out:

    It’s political correctness, go nad

  9. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:19 am  

    Anjaline Jolie began to question her undying love for good causes when she caught Ken Livingston riding her husband like a furious pony

    His secretary calmly assured her:

    It’s political correctness ‘pon Brad

  10. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:26 am  

    Final thought for the day: taking a leaf out of Lenny Bruce’s explaination of sick comedy, where he blew his nose on Hugh Heffner’s hanky to show what ‘sick’ comedy meant, isn’t just a little bit hilarious that everyone is at such odds with the term political correctness? Politics, correct, how funny would that be? It’d be nice though, wouldn’t it?

    Oh and while political correctness is going mental, is political incorrectness taking over again? Because I swear I’m finding less and less people that want to throttle that sexist, wahey I’m a lad bucket of shite from The Friday Night Project

    I can see Chris Evans ahead

  11. Katy — on 5th June, 2007 at 8:22 am  

    Sunny, I thought you were quite liking Dave Cameron.

  12. ZinZin — on 5th June, 2007 at 8:34 am  

    I have to go to work in a politically correct workplace. Or maybe my Asperger’s is the problem.

    Kismet, Lenny was right words are just words, but words are weapons. Sticks and stones and all that.

  13. Twining or Black in Blue — on 5th June, 2007 at 11:50 am  

    I have to say this is stupid, totally stupid, the right wing and Liberal Liberals, not the party, but the do-gooders and those that don’t want to do good, have taken the term political correctness to take a swipe at everything anti racist. Here here let’s maintain this status quo I hear them cry.

  14. Twining or Black in Blue — on 5th June, 2007 at 11:54 am  

    PC is to blame for everything, amazing. Maclaren is a fool for deselecting Beckham 11 months ago! That was PC gone totally mad! Hooray for England though and football, golden balls is back!

  15. Twining or Black in Blue — on 5th June, 2007 at 11:54 am  

    Whoops I meant Beckham is back!

  16. I.P — on 5th June, 2007 at 11:57 am  

    I think there are some nastier undertones to Davies’ remark, but I’m sure he’d sue if we discussed them in more detail.

  17. sid — on 5th June, 2007 at 12:16 pm  

    But the quote is great. The term ‘political correctness gone mad’ is over-used to the point of absurdity by the right. The only way to kill it would be for the progressive left to also over-use it to the point of absurdity.

    Yep, I’ve always thought so. But the phrase is so denuded of any urgency thanks to over usage by the right, that to reclaim it would be hollow.

  18. I.P — on 5th June, 2007 at 12:22 pm  

    Let’s not forget that Davies is, after all, the Parliamentary Spokesman (shurely “spokesperson”…) of the UK Campaign Against Political Correctness.

  19. Kismet Hardy — on 5th June, 2007 at 12:35 pm  

    You couldn’t make it up!

    It’s like we’re all going to hell in a handcart.

    Now, where did I put that straw man…

  20. Sunny — on 5th June, 2007 at 2:14 pm  

    Sunny, I thought you were quite liking Dave Cameron.

    Katy, he’s allright it’s the rest of the Conservative party I have a problem with.

    Let’s not forget that Davies is, after all, the Parliamentary Spokesman (shurely “spokesperson”…) of the UK Campaign Against Political Correctness.

    aha, that explains a lot. I think I should join them.

  21. I.P — on 5th June, 2007 at 2:47 pm  

    aha, that explains a lot. I think I should join them.

    Read deeply before leaping:

    http://www.capc.co.uk/about_us1.htm

    :D

  22. gracchi — on 5th June, 2007 at 4:20 pm  

    To be honest its nice weather outside- bloody political correctness gone mad!

  23. Don — on 5th June, 2007 at 4:58 pm  

    Anyone remember Bernard Righton?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svLyyzBC_qI

  24. I.P — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:12 pm  

    Thank you for posting that, Don. Thanks to Cold Feet we tend to forget that John Thompson is biting stand-up act.

  25. ZinZin — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:24 pm  

    Now, where did I put that straw man…

    Hes right here :)

  26. Don — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:26 pm  

    Strawperson.

  27. Sunny — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:36 pm  

    what a dynamic husband and wife team these Midgleys. I feel only sympathy for the racism and sexism they have had to feel.

    Let’s declare War on Correctness!

  28. William — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:44 pm  

    The only way to kill it would be for the progressive left to also over-use it to the point of absurdity.

    I thought they already did!

  29. Don — on 5th June, 2007 at 5:47 pm  

    Anyway, shouldn’t it be ‘Political correctness gone differently sane.’?

  30. William — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:04 pm  

    :-)

  31. I.P — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:13 pm  

    How did it come to this? Can anyone point to a well written, preferably non-partisan backgrounder on political correctness, or a resource which clearly explains how objecting to discrimination became objectionable in itself? If not, time for Sunny to get his writing hat on…

  32. . — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:40 pm  

    Davies is the same braindead moron that commented on the Scum’s completely untrue story about Muslim yobs in Windsor (http://www.septicisle.info/2006/10/scum-watch-blaming-religion-and.html) by telling them to “fuck off”. He later retracted it, probably only because Mask of Anarchy cced the email to David Cameron: http://maskofanarchy.blogspot.com/2007/01/davies-reply.html

  33. Ramiie — on 5th June, 2007 at 6:49 pm  

    “Bright pink is certainly not the colour I would have chosen to represent the United Kingdom.”

    How about deep black and/or brown?

    After all, it’s we who win all the medals.

    LOL

  34. I.P — on 5th June, 2007 at 7:01 pm  

    And how could we forget Davies radio show brawl with Labour MP Stephen Pound (also reporting in The Sun)?

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005470765,00.html

  35. Gibs — on 5th June, 2007 at 8:07 pm  

    I wholeheartedly agree with Sunny’s statement that the term “it’s political correctness gone mad” is over used to the point of absurdity.

    I’ve said the same thing myself on a previous PP comment. What I also said at the time was that one of the ways in which the “over use” of the expression could be tackled would be by lampooning the “miserable bastards” that keep using it (and the beauty of it is that they can’t complain about the words I have used to describe them – because I could then counteract by describing them as HYPOCRITES for “not being able to take abuse when they are all to willing to dish it out).

    One of the ways these people could be lampooned would be for a comedy show (Little Britain would be ideal) to have as one of its central characters someone who resembles a “miserable bastard” continously repeating that phrase.

    Eventually, if that character became “well known” among the general public, then no one would dare repeat the phrase ever – simply for fear of being associated with that comedy character.

    (Just as back in the 80s, some politicians DID alter their behaviour to avoid resembling their “Spitting Image” caricatures).

    A good idea or what !

  36. ZinZin — on 5th June, 2007 at 8:17 pm  

    Political correctness gone mad the likes of Davies don’t even understand the meaning of PC.

    Its just the favourite ad-hominem of the right. Think of it as a counterpart to those on the left who shout Islamophobe or fascist when someone does or says something they disagree with.

  37. Rumbold — on 5th June, 2007 at 8:44 pm  

    ““Bright pink is certainly not the colour I would have chosen to represent the United Kingdom. I suppose it sums up the politically-correct world that this Government.”

    Philip Davies is clearly one of those lefty Cameron Tories, as pink was the colour used to represent the British Empire on the maps. Presumably he would prefer green.

  38. soru — on 8th June, 2007 at 11:40 pm  

    In Portugal I saw a book called something like ‘the politically incorrect guide to Islam’: it’s political correctness gone jihad.

    I heard some rent-a-quote MP was complaining about the pink colour of the new Olympic logo: it’s political correctness gone mauve.

  39. douglas clark — on 9th June, 2007 at 2:41 am  

    Rumour has it that the Tories can’t stand grammar schools no more. They’re political correctness for your real gone dad.

    OK, I’ll get my coat.

  40. Refresh — on 9th June, 2007 at 3:02 am  

    Get some cocoa Douglas!

  41. douglas clark — on 9th June, 2007 at 3:48 am  

    Refresh,

    OK :-)

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