Friday, 31 July 2009

Political correctness gone mad story round-up

No Sleep 'Til Brooklands has recently covered two 'PC gone mad' stories - one about playground games, and one about police wearing Union Jack badges.

And there has been another today, with the widely reported news that the Union Flag barred from the ID card: Ministers don't want to offend Irish nationalists or, as the Sun puts it, Union Jackass. The Sun widen the field by suggesting the move is to

avoid upsetting groups who may not identify with the UK symbol

Which means foreigners and Muslims.

The news has also popped up in the Telegraph and even the Guardian.

Unsurprisingly, it's not quite accurate.

Look at how the Mail reported an earlier launch of the ID card design (pictured left) - British identity cards will be covered in EU symbols - September 2008. That story focussed on anti-Europe hysteria - it's got two small EU images, so it's hardly 'covered'.

But curiously, given today's story, it doesn't mention the Union Jack at all.

So why is its absence a problem now? Especially as those EU symbols have now been removed.

Moreover, the new design includes four new images - that of a rose, daffodil, thistle and shamrock - to represent each of the four countries of the UK, along with the royal coat of arms.

This is political correctness gone mad. Apparently.

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