Political Correctness

On White Guilt and Social Justice: Put Human Rights First

Roger Dubar | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Roger Dubar

White guilt is understandable: but it should not stop us seeking Human Rights for all. European colonisation killed over a hundred million people. In...

Fear of a Black Hairstyle - Cultural Appropriation? No Thanks

Roger Dubar | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Roger Dubar

Asking people as a matter of courtesy to be sensitive to issues of cultural appropriation is one thing. Laying this request out as a demand that people conform with unchallengeable rules of behaviour is a quite another.

Why the Left Is to Blame for the Rise of Trump

Lauren Fraser | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Lauren Fraser

I have no doubt that Trump is not the answer to the very real PC problem we have sweeping across the West. What he is, is a reaction to a problem which is showing no signs of going away. It's time for moderates to get on board and realise that to counter extremists both in politics and in the war zone, we have to speak up and speak our mind.

Anyone Who Disagrees With Me Is a Nazi

Roger Dubar | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK
Roger Dubar

If someone actually is inciting violence or hatred or seeking to remove the rights of other people, then we can stand up against them together. But let's start by acknowledging that, right now, too many people dismiss the opinions of others out of hand far too easily.

Political Correctness Is Bad: Discuss

Roger Dubar | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Politics
Roger Dubar

Join me, friends, as I take you through what I think political correctness gets wrong, how it threatens the gains in the rights of women, gay people and minorities, and what we can do to make it right.

We Can't Learn From a Stump: Why the Queen Victoria Statue Should Stay

Gabriel Webber | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Gabriel Webber

Memento Park just outside Budapest is a bizarre wonderland. It's where the Hungarians deposited all its unwanted Communist statues after the fall of t...

Why 'Political Correctness' Won't Save Us

Najite Phoenix | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
Najite Phoenix

I've never been able to completely subscribe myself to this notion that political correctness is one of the key remedies for a diseased society. And ...

Pub Landlord Ordered To Remove 'Offensive' Union Jack Jacket

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK

A pub landlord in Yorkshire says council officers have repeatedly told him to stop wearing his 'Union Jack' jacket in public because it could be consi...

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.