Political Correctness

Eight Eccentrics You'll Meet at Open Mic Comedy

Jay Islaam | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

Over the last few years, I've graced the stage at hundreds of Open Mic comedy shows across the country. And, as you'd expect, I've met thousands of the nicest, most intelligent and creative people around. I've also come across some exceptionally strange characters who've often been more entertaining offstage than what's happening at the front of the room.

'Inspirational': Overused and Incredibly Patronising

Helen Cooke | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Cooke

I argue against the use of this word simply because it has been over used, particularly where disabled people are concerned. It is deployed whenever someone with a disability achieves something that is perceived to have been a challenge, whether it was or not.

The Multicultural Inquisition of Our Times

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

The great political truth of our time is this - Islamism is a problem by itself and there are progressives from various Muslim communities across the world waging a life-or-death struggle against it. It cannot be excused or explained away by blaming Western imperialism.

Political Correctness: Je Suis Comedy

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

Some of us, especially stand-up comedians, can oftentimes find ourselves submerged in puddles as we wade through our sets in dark underground basements just trying to make sense of the world. And using language we believe to know well.

John Cleese & Bill Maher Debate Political Correctness, Muse 'You Can't Make Jokes About Muslims, They'll Kill You'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

Monty Python scion John Cleese has described political correctness as “condescending” and a barrier to comedy. The comedian mused on the subje...

Belfast Student Ordered To Cover Up Poppy As It 'Could Cause Offence'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A Belfast student has made a formal complaint against his college after he was told by a teacher to cover up his poppy as it might "cause offence". ...

I Refuse To Be An 'Ethnic Comedian'

Jay Islaam | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Jay Islaam

Setting up awards to recognise achievements by women or minority groups does a disservice to the gifted female and ethnic minority talents who are more than capable of competing with the crème de la crème of their chosen fields... I can assure you, the best neither need nor want such well meaning, but ultimately patronising, "positive" discrimination.

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

Political Correctness Hasn't Gone Mad, Godfrey Bloom Has

Oliver Troen | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Troen

Then, without warning, this reasonable man stood in some sort of salute and mocked a disabled contributor to the debate with the question: "Are you Richard III?'" It was a bizarre intervention... Surely a man intelligent enough to reasonably argue his case in front of 300 people realises that standing and insulting his opponents will do his cause no good at all?

The Top Ten Ukip Arguments (And Why They Are False)

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

Immigrants are not a strain on the public sector, austerity is. Moreover, if Ukip truly believe that "Britain is full", should the party be urging its members to stop procreating? Same-sex relationships would surely be far more patriotic?

Why The 'War On Christmas' Is Complete Tripe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.12.2013 | UK

There's a war on. You might not have noticed, but everything around you is under attack. The Christmas trees, the carols, the lights, Christmas...

Winterval Is Coming: Busting the Myths About Banning Christmas

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Dr Chris Allen

Banning Christmas is a modern day myth perpetuated by those who have an axe to grind about 'Muslims' (it apparently 'offends' Muslims), have a similar axe to grind about our 'politically correct gone mad' culture (you know that 'political correctness' also doesn't exist, don't you?).

It's Christmas, Not a 'Season': Britain Must Defeat Political Correctness and Amateurish Cultural Homogenisation

Abhaey Singh | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abhaey Singh

The reality of human existence has always been one of diversity, particularity and dissimilarity. The most heroic contributors to human civilisation - and to the story of nations - have been individuals and cultures with distinct perspectives and propensities to those of the prevailing norm.

The UK Is Far Too PC on Child Obesity

Alan Jackson | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alan Jackson

It appears that in the UK we have become so politically correct that accurate biological terminology can't be applied even when highly appropriate and in perfect context. We have to swerve around precise, quantifiable and descriptive words and replace them with ineffectual euphemisms.

Gay Student Group Bans The Word 'Dyke'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A LGBTQ student society has stirred up controversy after campaigning local lesbian artists to remove the word "dyke" from their Christmas performance....

The Bandwagon Effect Is Harming Race Relations

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Conversations are now elevated and scrutinized in an amphitheatre of social media. There are those that spectate, speculate, and jump on the bandwagon - whether that's with good intentions, or to kill the show. The Internet means that people don't forget words, and events are recorded forever at the end of a web search. Over time, the moment, context and goodwill crumbles away...

What Did You Just Call Me?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

So what is it that makes "cripple", "freak, or "spaz" so offensive to some people? Another participant in our twitchat stated it was to do with how they were understood and used by the wider society.

Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom 'Regrets' Controversial 'Bongo Bongo Land' Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

The Ukip MEP who caused a stir by referring collectively to countries that receive aid from the United Kingdom as "bongo bongo land" has apologised - ...

Ukip Tells Godfrey Bloom Not To Say 'Bongo Bongo'..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

A Ukip MEP has been told to stop using the phrase "bongo bongo land" by the party - as it might upset Ukip members from other countries. Godfrey Bl...

'I Don't Do Political Correctness'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics

A Ukip MEP recorded saying British aid cash should not go to "bongo bongo land" says he does "not do political correctness". Godfrey Bloom was unre...

Student Told To Remove Religious Cross By University In Case Of 'Offending' Others

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A student has expressed her shock after being ordered by her school to remove her crucifix necklace over fears it "might offend others". Audrey Jar...

Woolwich: Bigotry is the Main Cause of Political Correctness, and Vice Versa

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK
Rory Fitzgerald

The vast, silent majority of ordinary Britons - Muslim and non-Muslim alike - have the power to drown out the bigots and foster an atmosphere of mutual understanding online. They could even rally around their shared British identity, and move beyond the balkanisation of identity politics.

Is It Possible to Be Just a Little Bit Racist?

Xavier Toby | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

If I hear something racist, sometimes when I pull the person up for it they'll say something like; "Ease up champ. Settle down sport. Back off tiger. It's only a little bit racist." Is that even possible? To be only a little bit racist?

Political Correctness, Human rights and the Far Right

Alistair Barbour | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alistair Barbour

We don't have to scrap the human rights act or PC. We just need to make sure they work properly and for everybody.

The 21st Century With its Not-So-Ironic Veneration of Tyrants

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

It's not acceptable to wear a t-shirt in general day-to-day wear that bears the name of a tyrannical regime that denied its people freedom for 80 years, and killed millions of its own and other countries citizens.