Political Correctness Gone Mad.

When I read this article in the Daily Mail last week I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It’s the story that the boss of a recruitment agency was forbidden by the Jobcentre Plus to include the words ‘hard working’ and ‘reliable’ in her job advertisement, on the grounds that it discriminated against unreliable people.

It seems at the moment there isn’t a week that goes by where we are not subjected to more barmy notions and language tweaking reminiscent of the ‘newspeak’ in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. It is no longer acceptable to ask if you like your coffee black or white; the word ‘brainstorming’ is offensive to epileptics; and teachers can’t so much as look at the children under their supervision, let alone administer them with, say, a plaster or …. Heaven forbid…. suncream.

The phrase ‘political correctness gone mad’ is banded about all too often – but this really does take the generic, multi-national, non-gender-specific biscuit that caters for all dietary requirements.

Of course employers should be able to specify that they want hard working and reliable people. To suggest that they should not is completely absurd.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission were quick to condemn this, reassuring us that Mrs Mamo’s advert ‘is in no way in breach of any discrimination law’, and continuing on to say that any advice that she may have received implying that this aspect of her advert was discriminatory should be considered unreliable.

Well they can’t say that, that’s discriminating against people that give unreliable advice isn’t it.

And anyway it’s in the Daily Mail so it must be true. Or racist. Must be the immigrants wot dunnit.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Leave a Reply