Seasonal goodwill from Ann Widdecombe
Bah humbug! Another politically correct year, another chip at our British way of life
I hope the festivities are not too demanding, if that is possible these days, and that you have fun with your families. As I look back over the year I come to the "unmerry" conclusion that it has been a happy one for political correctness and a sad one for freedom and rational debate. So in a spirit of bah humbug to all who curtail liberty of opinion here is my round-up of what we should be able to say but could not in 2014.
Baroness Jenkin was perfectly in order to refer to "the poor". After all nobody objects when you refer to "the rich". Both terms are descriptive and cannot in themselves be automatically pejorative.
Lord Freud was only making a statement of the obvious in saying that some disabled people could not produce work justifying the minimum wage. Refusing to acknowledge this means refusing to address the problem of how to maximise independence on the part of those who want to work despite disability.
It is absolutely true that there are parts of the country which are flooded with immigrants. When I said this in 2001 I was called a racist and even now when immigration is at last able to be debated there is a resistance to the perfectly accurate use of "flooded" or "swamped".
There is no law against saying you do not believe in the validity of gay marriage but if you do say it you may find yourself deemed unfit to foster or even volunteer for the Red Cross.
It is simple common sense that there is an enormous difference between the experience of a woman who is pounced upon by a stranger and raped and that of one who gets drunk, goes home with a man and then gets into bed with him before shrieking rape the next morning. It is not justifying the crime but recognising her share of responsibility for the circumstances yet Judy Finnigan was reviled for calling a rape "non-violent". It is also inequitable that a man can be falsely accused, named and pilloried while his accuser is protected with anonymity, as the president of the Oxford Union found out. Saying it is time for a level playing field is not betraying women.
The one prediction I can make for 2015 with confidence is that far from rolling back the cancer of suppression the year will almost certainly see it advance even further into the British way of life. Sentences beginning apologetically with, "You're not supposed to say this these days but..." will be heard more often and sound even lamer.
No Anne, let's take this one a step at a time. Or something.
On a lot of your points, all I can say is 'kicking up (or out) vs kicking down'. That's all.
Two, 'flooded and swamped'. Yeah, reduce people to the level of mud. Still doesn't explain why racism (because that's what it is) is most prevalent in the least mixed up areas.
Gay marriage - re-secularisation of a property deal appropriated by religion. I could go on, but hey, it's Christmas. Could say something about hate crimes and the likelihood of offenders to be committing other crimes, but you wouldn't like it, Anne.
Rape: you know, I'll strike a deal here. The day I start blaming the laydeez for dressing like they were asking for it, I'll start blaming the men's dicks for not staying in their pants. And the hands - oh, the hands! - for taking down the zips or undoing the buttons. Because we're all slaves to nature and none of us could help ourselves...oh fuck off Widdy, even the Victorians recognised it for the bullshit it was.
You know why you've got a voice, a public profile? Because you're a figure of fun. You're not taken seriously, you never were. Your flirtation with government was, to paraphrase Malcolm Tucker, like when that guy started presenting the Big Breakfast. Not Evans, not Roslin, not Johnny fucking Vaughn. The other one. Yeah. The moment 'shit out of ideas' takes physical form. 'The medium is the message'? You fucking embody it.
"It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail." - Gore Vidal.
"I proved that you're wrong. And if you're wrong, I'm right." - Aaron Eckhart.