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    ‘Political correctness gone mad’


    by Al-Hack on 6th April, 2006 at 7:37 pm    

    Legal proceedings against a 10-year-old boy over alleged racist name calling have been labelled political correctness gone mad, by a judge.

    Judge Jonathan Finestein told Salford Youth Court the boys would have been given “a good clouting” in his day.

    “Have we really got to the stage where we are prosecuting 10-year-old boys because of political correctness? “I was repeatedly called fat at school. Does this amount to a criminal offence? [BBC Online]

    It occurs to me, does the Crown Prosecution have too much time on its hands?



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    1. squared — on 6th April, 2006 at 7:45 pm  

      “Political correctness gone mad” is becoming such a cliche phrase.

      As is the word cliche. Ahem.

      Bring back the slap, you tossers. Then there won’t be any need for courts to discipline 10-year-old boys when they bully people.

      And 10-year-olds these days are rarely as innocent as they seem.

    2. xyz — on 6th April, 2006 at 9:26 pm  

      But wouldn’t those who clout or slap a 10-year-old to discipline them at school be more likely to find themselves in court today as well?

    3. Vikrant Singh — on 6th April, 2006 at 9:54 pm  

      And 10-year-olds these days are rarely as innocent as they seem.

      Yea, if you happen to come across a dozen ten year olds with hoodies in a nice lil’ backalley, they dont seem that innocent anymore.

      It occurs to me, does the Crown Prosecution have too much time on its hands?

      Weee… murders go uninvestigated but a 10 year old trying to act badass gets a trip to slammer.

    4. Vikrant Singh — on 6th April, 2006 at 9:54 pm  

      Darn hypocrisy that abounds in our country.

    5. Kulvinder — on 7th April, 2006 at 4:11 am  

      I’m trying to guess how sympathetic Judge Finestein would have been had he been faced with someone who had given the 10 year old a ‘good clouting’. Perhaps it would be prudent to keep an eye on his cases…

      My new post was partly inspired by this, they don’t comprehend what the internet means even when restricted to just name calling.

      Oh and i completely agree with Squared at the absurdity of the term ‘political correctness, its basically come to be used in the absence of any argument. I can’t think of anything coherent to say therefore in a general rant at society ill blame ‘political correctness’.

    6. squared — on 8th April, 2006 at 2:11 am  

      But wouldn’t those who clout or slap a 10-year-old to discipline them at school be more likely to find themselves in court today as well?

      Hence the bringing it back. :( I wanna beat those damn kids legally. :(

      Weee… murders go uninvestigated but a 10 year old trying to act badass gets a trip to slammer.

      Verbal abuse is sometimes just the beginning… A slap on the wrist now could mean he thinks twice before acting badass in a more physical way.

      I can’t think of anything coherent to say therefore in a general rant at society ill blame ‘political correctness’.

      Heh, very true. I don’t even think it means anything anymore. Being PC used to be a fad, and now being un-PC is the new fad.

      And all arguments are tailored to fit the new fad.

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