“Political correctness has gone mad” must be one of the most overused phrases in modern society. So much is written and said about political correctness and the so-called ‘PC brigade’ that your eyes begin to gloss over at the very mention of it.
Much of it is so downright barmy and ridiculous that a sense of disbelief and often hilarity is the overriding emotion. Whether it’s the introduction of a ‘multicultural’ Christmas jumper, Facebook increasing its gender options from two to 50, or Barry Town Council banning that great British seaside tradition of a Punch & Judy show because it depicted an ‘abusive relationship’, it has become quite a skill not to laugh at the obscurity of political correctness.
Thousands of similar examples have chipped away at British society and its people for decades and gradually what is left is a disgusting sense of normalisation. In many ways, we have become desensitised to political correctness thanks to its relentless introduction into everyday life – schools, universities, politics, business and media. But far from being a laughing matter, there is a far more sinister side.
After all, it is political correctness that exposed 1,400 white British girls in Rotherham to the most sickening child sexual exploitation imaginable over a 16 year period. Pen pushers in South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council were so afraid to lay blame at the doors of these gangs of largely Pakistani Muslim men that they instead covered up the abuse and let these vulnerable children have their innocence and dignity destroyed forever. Forgetting that they probably had sisters and daughters of their own, political correctness, and the thought of being labelled racist, was enough to shame these people into complicit silence.
Indeed it is political correctness which has seen any proper debate on uncontrolled, mass immigration shut down for so many years. Instead social engineering under the guise of ‘multiculturalism’ is forced upon the masses against our will. Anyone who challenges is a bigot no questions asked. And it is political correctness which still silences people in offices and workplaces up and down Britain for fear of being out of kilter with the liberal, metropolitan elite.
The basic premise underlying political correctness is that if the elite can change the language then they can change the way individuals act and thus change society. So far, they’re doing a damn good job of it. It is a way of eliminating debate and limiting thought in education, science, and culture through intimidation and coercion.
Worryingly it is often the sanctimonious younger generation, raised on a diet of political correctness and fuelled through social media, who are the worst offenders. This in itself is a revealing indication of the trend emerging and it’s high time we started reversing this tsunami before our way of life is altered irreversibly. It might sound like exaggeration and hyperbole but sadly it’s not and if you think it is you are living in denial. When outspoken Pat Condell says that Donald Trump is a “necessary antidote to the poison of political correctness that’s destroying Western societies immune system and making us weaker” he is of course entirely correct.
And while many have become desensitised by it, it is at least heartening to know that political correctness ranks highly as an issue among our supporters. Indeed, 71% of you voted it as the single most frustrating thing about life in 21st century Britain in a poll of more than 100 people.
But how do we fight it head on?
Rather like a recovering alcoholic, we firstly need to overcome our denial and realise the damage it has already caused us. We need to accept it’s stranglehold over much of Britain, Europe and America and then start challenging these adopted social norms through the use of reality-based, experience-driven, rational and logical arguments. It is imperative we start recapturing language, standing up for common sense and freedom of speech as well as challenging PC concepts wherever we find them – on social media, messageboards, websites, newspaper comment sections, MP surgeries, public meetings, supermarkets and out on the street. In every type of community imaginable.
We also then need more people to start taking political correctness seriously. How about taking it so seriously that it becomes your number one factor or priority when casting a vote at the ballot box? Issues such as the economy, schools funding and the NHS are popular subjects come election time – but the reality is that political correctness, by the very nature of it corrupting almost every facet of our society, is an all-encompassing problem. The biggest problem. Political parties which pledge to reverse this agonising erosion of our values must get even more vocal about the issues we face and, in turn, they need to start receiving more support in elections regardless of other policy ideas.
Once political correctness is top of the agenda politically, and only then, do we stand a chance of challenging those individuals which have championed this illogical ideology enforced by state power for so long.
Standing up for those without a voice in Britain.