What a dreary little campaign you have there!

Hands up, who’s heard of the Campaign Against Political Correctness? I came across this group a couple of years ago. It’s part of an agenda to roll back the gains made by those of us who have struggled for equality over the decades. For these people, equality and tolerance are seen as bad things; signs of animalistic weakness,  anathema to bullies, misogynists and self-described libertarians everywhere.

The CAPC operates as a flak machine and perhaps one of the most interesting developments in the way in which flak machines operate is how they’ve adopted the language of their ideological ‘enemies’. The Campaign Against Political Correctness  is a group of ‘ like-minded people’ who believe political correctness is destroying British society. On their home page they have appropriated the anti-war slogan ‘Not in my name’ and conscripted it to serve a different and opposing ideological agenda. This extract from their website sets out their ‘principles’:

We strongly believe that political correctness is wrong because:

  • It is causing tension between communities where there need not be any.
  • It is encouraging racism and sexism – especially in the job market – encouraging people to be given jobs based on the colour of their skin or their sex and not on their merit.
  • It tries to protect those identified as “minorities” (also including women!) despite the fact that they very rarely consult these people before they speak on their behalf and more often than not thoroughly insult them by assuming that they are not perfectly capable of defending themselves or asking for help if they want it (see our “Latest News” and “Your Stories” sections for examples of this).
  • Although it is supposed to be around to prevent offence it deems it acceptable to offend the majority of people on a regular basis.

What is noticeable about this set of ‘principles’ is the way it swats away the real issues like some annoying insect. The second and third points are revealing because they tend to make the claim that others are speaking on behalf of minorities and not the minorities themselves. This objection appears to be rooted in the notion that anything that is done in relation to minorities is a form of ‘extreme liberalism’ and that any effort to achieve parity in the workplace or office is indicative of the further erosion of the fabric of society and calls into question of the British idea of ‘fair play’. Ironic, isn’t it?

What is interesting about groups such as CAPC is the way in which they propagate and sustain the myth that anything that does not operate within its ideological contours is foreign or alien to the British ‘way of life’. Sometimes, to hear these people talk, you’d think we were still living in the 1980s.

It is perhaps unsurprising that the CAPC’s spokesman in the Commons is Conservative MP, Philip Davies, who recently failed to declare an interest during a Commons debate on gambling and is to be investigated by the House.

Funnily enough, the CAPC site doesn’t look as though it’s been updated since 2011. It still carries a story about Davies coming under fire for suggesting that disabled people be paid less than the minimum wage for their labour. The reason he gives for this is as specious as his  concern for the disabled. The Guardian also has the story. Here’s what he said:

‘The people who are most disadvantaged by the national minimum wage are the most vulnerable in society.  My concern about it is it prevents those people from being given the opportunity to get the first rung on the employment ladder.  

Naturally, Davies complained that anyone who criticized his ‘ideas’ were spreading “leftwing hysteria”.

Horrible little man. Horrible little group. Horrible little site.

Here’s a taste of the kind of comments people leave on the site.

Political correctness is not free living, its people interfering in things where they’re not wanted!!!

What does “free living” mean? Here’s another.

Political Correctness and Human Rights laws are ruining this once great nation. A stand must be made and something must be done!

Yeah, damn and blast those human rights! Let’s bring back the rack and the ducking stool!

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13 responses to “What a dreary little campaign you have there!

  1. haha this made me laugh. its froggy btw – ive put a link to your site on my blog x

  2. Yep. Complete classist drivel. As for Laurie Penny, I don’t pay too much attention to her. She’s not really that important, nor is Delingpole come to think of it. He’s totally out to lunch! 😀

  3. sean

    Don’t you think all the “victims of PC” stories that are supposedly written by ordinary MOPs read like they are all written by the same person.

    • Indeed they do. I bet Philip Davies wrote the lot of them too.

      • Sean

        They are not entirely unaware, though. I submitted a particularly fine peice of bullshit about combining Halloween, Bonfire night and Easter that lead to my persecution by the forces of political correctness for burning a cross on my Muslim neighbour’s lawn while dressed as a ghost. They didn’t publish it, but perhapse Phil is rewriting it “in the house style”.

  4. Sadly while the aims of PC may be desirable, the application of it is often risible… smashing those nuts at the bottom with a sledgehammer while premiership football players can mouth as much hatred as they like
    http://www.pearshapedcomedy.com/Twitter_and_The_Moving_Finger.html
    For an example of a simple situation being dealt with very badly
    http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Trial-alleged-tram-racist-Emma-West-adjourned/story-17782550-detail/story.html#axzz2ViFpO0Oz
    one only has to watch Emma West dancing rings round the prosecution services.
    Turned out she is “bipolar” (but not in Stephen Fry way) and stabbed her husband who is now encouraged to stay with her as they are “rebuilding their lives together.
    Meanwhile Croydon’s leading anti-immigration far right campaigners – hilariously named Clifford le May & Carlos Cortiglia make much free publicity while the sun shines.

    • In the 80s, we never used the term “political correctness”, that was applied by the Right-wing press as a means to attack left-wing Labour councils. The Ba Ba Black Sheep story was a fabrication. It seems to me that many of those screaming about “political correctness gawn mad” are the sorts of people who want to see The Black & White Minstrel Show return to our screens.

      Didn’t the BNP try to court Emma West by the way?

      Cortiglia… great British name that. 😀

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