Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?!

We asked our panel of twelve readers their opinion on this modern day societal problem… 

JOE SCHNEIDER

“I can’t pick up a paper without reading that some tradition or custom has been changed. In my humble opinion, it has all gone truly mad and overboard. Is there some idiotic – if I can still use that word – pen-pusher sifting through culture, customs and folklore, just to justify his or her job? We are turning into a nation of mumblers, too scared to speak. It will result in loss of confidence when speaking out on matters close to our hearts. I notice that the BBC now use the word ‘actor’ for both sexes. What the heck is that about? Are women and men not allowed to be different? Whose choice is that? Perhaps if we left the EU, things might revert back to normality.”

Vote: YES

SIMON ARENSON

“Yes, I do believe that we are PC mad! Political correctness is intended not to upset or offend any minority group of people, but equally, there is also the right to freedom of expression. Today I believe we have gone too far in favour of political correctness and that in certain areas of life, i.e. comedians, we are having to conform to political correctness and alter our own language and thinking. We are a better society for it, but it does not stop people holding those views in private.”

Vote: YES

DAVID GILBERT

“PC was aimed at people who couldn’t defend themselves. People offend me all the time. I might offend people also – it’s part of life. Nowadays you’re treading on eggshells the whole time, trying to avoid upsetting these sensitive souls who probably thought this idea up in the first place. PC has been imposed upon us and we didn’t ask for it. In my day (and I’m not that old), it was called ‘manners’ and they were taught to us by our parents. PC has an element of ‘big society’ and affects how people behave – we are becoming sheep.”

Vote: YES

GARY MORTON

“Yes! I view political correctness as society’s opinion of what will not cause offence to the majority. No one has the right not to be offended. It is telling us what is right and wrong in the name of manners. I may view something as politically correct but someone else may be at odds with my view. That is acceptable, but it would be tyrannical to enforce this upon the other person. Set rules on political correctness do not, and cannot, ever exist. I believe we should not be afraid to do things in the name of political correctness.”

Vote: YES

JOHN GOULD

“Has political correctness gone mad, or is it just that when you get to a certain age, you remember what you knew to be acceptable and what you cringed at hearing during your formative years? I believe that most sensible people think the same, and don’t appreciate the Nanny State telling them what is, and isn’t, acceptable. Last time I looked, the UK was quite a liberal country, predominantly Christian, but welcoming to all religions, providing none of them forced their views on us. Of course, some of the sitcoms we laughed at in the 70s now make us cringe, but I believe this is because we are now more enlightened, not because the PC movement is tapping us on the shoulder and tut-tutting in our direction.”

Vote: YES

“I think all this could well be the end of free speech as we know it!”

GRAHAM STERN

“To complain about such things as ‘manholes’ is unbelievable. Who is it offending? Is it a women’s lib thing? Certainly, if it can cause offence then a name change can be for the good. The charity Scope was previously known as The Spastics Society and one can understand the name being changed! But when we start to change the name of Easter Eggs to ‘Spring Spheres’, you know there is something fundamentally wrong! Easter is a Christian festival. It certainly does not offend me and I am Jewish. This is is a Christian state with the Queen as head of the Church of England. Like most things, the silent majority could not give a damn, but the vocal minority have to be listened to and the trouble with zealots is that if no one stands up to them, they will get away with murder.”

Vote: YES

ROY ELLIS

“Yes! Common sense does not prevail. You cannot say anything you think will be misconstrued. You have to watch every word you say or write in case you upset somebody, because you may find yourself facing legal proceedings! So in fact, you do nothing. Our children are brainwashed. The schools are force-feeding pupils politically correct dogma about sexuality, climate change, religion, etcetera. The result will be a nation less tolerant than before. People do not have the right to NOT be offended. I think all this could well be the end of free speech as we know it!”

Vote: YES

 

PAUL MITCHELL

“People can be offended by all sorts of things. What is politically correct to you may well not be to me. It’s about knowing your audience! For the young, historical opinions in relation to past events should be left for the young to form for themselves. It should be left to the teachers to simply educate our children of the facts as they happened, and then encourage the children to form their own opinion. Now, is it actually political correctness gone mad or is it just simply a creeping left-wing dominance of our educational system?”

Vote: YES

CLIVE LEVY

“In many respects political correctness has gone too far in that the State is now telling us what we can, and cannot, say. Respectful individuals, whether adults or not, are more than capable of deciding on the rights and wrongs of their own conduct. In my opinion PC has, over the years, generally evolved out of government and their associated institutions and authoritative groups. In the democratic western world, we have the privilege of being able to speak our mind. This can be exercised without fear of persecution or state interference, but no one has the right to insult people without repercussions!”

Vote: YES

SIMON HUDSON

“It has been the bane of our lives for many years now. So long in fact, we have become hardened to it! There isn’t a page in a newspaper that doesn’t include a diabolical PC story of sorts, and life in this PC world feels like the do-gooders have taken over the asylum. ‘Think before you speak’ is common enough advice as we grow up. However, the PC brigade take it several steps further: not only should we pause and think before speaking, but we should pause, think about an answer, think about whether that answer will upset someone, and then change our response if needed, before we finally speak!”

Vote: YES

HONEY PATEL

“I have seen the positive changes that have come about from making people and society more politically correct. Being of Indian origin, I was used to having racist remarks openly made to me in public such as ‘Paki’ at a young age. It did make it more difficult to feel accepted and included in society, but attitudes have changed along with language. Due to PC awareness, where language is being used to be offensive, it cannot be passed off as just ‘the language of the day’. There will always be discrimination, it is just harder to hide it. Where PC is misused is, for example, when people complain about ‘Happy Christmas’, just because they don’t celebrate it!”

Vote: NO

KEITH MORRISON

“The PC bandwagon often gets hijacked by people who have a very narrow view of life, or people who simply have an ulterior motive – just like certain groups have ‘claimed’ the English flag. Where there are examples of political correctness being used to reframe history or even the curriculum, it can be very dangerous. It is important to understand the past so that we can improve the future! How are we supposed to learn if the indiscretions of the past are purged?”

Vote: NO