POLITICAL correctness has gained a 'vice-like grip' on British society and
is threatening freedom of speech, a think- tank claimed yesterday. 'Intolerant
and sanctimonious' PC attitudes cause more harm than good and have led to
censorship, rising crime, poverty and poor discipline in schools, according
to experts. PC views have also created Muslim ghettoes which produce young
men who 'commit mass murder against their fellow citizens', said
Civitas - known as the non- political Institute for the Study of
Civil Society. Civitas member Anthony Browne said factually correct
truth was often ditched in favour of PC truths which relied on an argument's
emotional appeal rather than on the facts. He writes in the book, The
Retreat Of Reason: 'PC has now become a threat to society.
By closing down debates, it restricts the ability of society to tackle the
problems that face it. 'Political correctness
promotes a victim
mentality, discourages people from taking responsibility for their own
lives, suppresses free speech and distorts debate, leading to bad policies
being adopted. 'If someone is poor because they are lazy, ill-disciplined,
addicted to benefits and resentful of those who aren't poor, then encouraging
them to blame other people rather than emulating them will in fact just
perpetuate their poverty.' Tory MP Philip Davies, of the Campaign Against
Political Correctness, said Mr Browne had 'hit the nail on the head'.
He added.' 'We are unable to say certain things, not because people will
take offence, but because the liberal elite rules that these things can no
longer be said. 'Political correctness is not about being polite to each
other. 'It is about restricting freedom of speech and we are now witnessing
a generation of people who are afraid to say certain things.'
|PC FACTS OR FICTION?
|ADHERENTS of political correctness routinely
blame the explosion in Britain's HIV infection rate on teenagers having unsafe
sex, Anthony Browne points out. But he says the 'factually correct truth'
is the rise was triggered largely by the arrival of HIV- positive African
immigrants, a fact accepted by the Public
Health Laboratory Service.
Women's pay is lower than men's because of sex discrimination, the PC brigade
claims, when in fact it is because 'women make different choices and give
up work to raise a family'.
A recent increase in anti-Semitic attacks is due to whites, according to
PC, when in fact many attacks are committed by
Muslim youths'; And
African poverty is blamed on the West not failing to cancel debts, when in
fact much is 'due to bad governance and despotism'.