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11th September 2013: The world's gone mad and I'm the only one who knows
30th August 2013: Isn't sarcasm a wonderful thing?
25th August 2013: Operation Yewtree has turned British justice on its head
13th August 2013: Black is white. Fact. End of.
11th August 2013: Why 'human rights' is nothing of the sort ...
11th August 2013: Electric cars, not as green as they're painted?
6th August 2013: How the British nation treats its friends ...
8th July 2013: The BBC biased? How can that be? They're so NICE!
26th June 2013: Think this country is a bastion of freedom and justice and a shining model for the world? Think again.
18th June 2013: Wrinklies unite, you have nothing to lose but your walking frames!
17th June 2013: is the end finally approaching for this evil woman?
31st May 2013: Now it's official - the BBC really is a left-wing propaganda machine
31st May 2013: Those evil bastards are at it again. Yes, you've guessed it - social services!
27th May 2013: Well-known TV presenter talks sense. No good will come of it.
24th May 2013: British justice is best? Only for the very poor, apparently ...
17th May 2013: Some actual FACTS about climate change (for a change) from actual scientists ...
10th May 2013: An article about that poison gas, carbon dioxide, and other scientific facts (not) ...
10th May 2013: We need to see past the sex and look at the crimes: is justice being served?
8th May 2013: So, who would you trust to treat your haemorrhoids, Theresa May?
8th May 2013: Why should citizens in the 21st Century fear the law so much?
30th April 2013: What the GOS says today, the rest of the world realises tomorrow ...
30th April 2013: You couldn't make it up, could you? Luckily you don't need to ...
29th April 2013: a vote for NONE OF THE ABOVE, because THE ABOVE are crap ...
28th April 2013: what goes around, comes around?
19th April 2013: everyone's a victim these days ...
10th April 2013: Thatcher is dead; long live Thatcher!
8th April 2013: Poor people are such a nuisance. Just give them loads of money and they'll go away ...
26th March 2013: Censorship is alive and well and coming for you ...
25th March 2013: Just do your job properly, is that too much to ask?
25th March 2013: So, what do you think caused your heterosexuality?
20th March 2013: Feminists - puritans, hypocrites or just plain stupid?
18th March 2013: How Nazi Germany paved the way for modern governance?
13th March 2013: Time we all grew up and lived in the real world ...
12th March 2013: Hindenburg crash mystery solved? - don't you believe it!
6th March 2013: Is this the real GOS?
5th March 2013: All that's wrong with taxes
25th February 2013: The self-seeking MP who is trying to bring Britain down ...
24th February 2013: Why can't newspapers just tell the truth?
22nd February 2013: Trial by jury - a radical proposal
13th February 2013: A little verse for two very old people ...
6th February 2013: It's not us after all, it's worms
6th February 2013: Now here's a powerful argument FOR gay marriage ...
4th February 2013: There's no such thing as equality because we're not all the same ...
28th January 2013: Global Warming isn't over - IT'S HIDING!
25th January 2013: Global Warmers: mad, bad and dangerous to know ...
25th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
19th January 2013: We STILL haven't got our heads straight about gays ...
16th January 2013: Bullying ego-trippers, not animal lovers ...
11th January 2013: What it's like being English ...
7th January 2013: Bleat, bleat, if it saves the life of just one child ...
7th January 2013: How best to put it? 'Up yours, Argentina'?
7th January 2013: Chucking even more of other people's money around ...
6th January 2013: Chucking other people's money around ...
30th December 2012: The BBC is just crap, basically ...
30th December 2012: We mourn the passing of a genuine Grumpy Old Sod ...
30th December 2012: How an official body sets out to ruin Christmas ...
16th December 2012: Why should we pardon Alan Turing when he did nothing wrong?
15th December 2012: When will social workers face up to their REAL responsibility?
15th December 2012: Unfair trading by a firm in Bognor Regis ...
14th December 2012: Now the company that sells your data is pretending to act as watchdog ...
7th December 2012: There's a war between cars and bikes, apparently, and  most of us never noticed!
26th November 2012: The bottom line - social workers are just plain stupid ...
20th November 2012: So, David Eyke was right all along, then?
15th November 2012: MPs don't mind dishing it out, but when it's them in the firing line ...
14th November 2012: The BBC has a policy, it seems, about which truths it wants to tell ...
12th November 2012: Big Brother, coming to a school near you ...
9th November 2012: Yet another celebrity who thinks, like Jimmy Saville, that he can behave just as he likes because he's famous ...
5th November 2012: Whose roads are they, anyway? After all, we paid for them ...
7th May 2012: How politicians could end droughts at a stroke if they chose ...
6th May 2012: The BBC, still determined to keep us in a fog of ignorance ...
2nd May 2012: A sense of proportion lacking?
24th April 2012: Told you so, told you so, told you so ...
15th April 2012: Aah, sweet ickle polar bears in danger, aah ...
15th April 2012: An open letter to Anglian Water ...
30th March 2012: Now they want to cure us if we don't believe their lies ...
28th February 2012: Just how useful is a degree? Not very.
27th February 2012: ... so many ways to die ...
15th February 2012: DO go to Jamaica because you definitely WON'T get murdered with a machete. Ms Fox says so ...
31st January 2012: We don't make anything any more
27th January 2012: There's always a word for it, they say, and if there isn't we'll invent one
26th January 2012: Literary criticism on GOS? How posh!
12th December 2011: Plain speaking by a scientist about the global warming fraud
9th December 2011: Who trusts scientists? Apart from the BBC, of course?
7th December 2011: All in all, not a good week for British justice ...
9th November 2011: Well what d'you know, the law really IS a bit of an ass ...

 

 
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Our thanks to our correspondent The Secret Policeman for drawing our attention to this piece of monumental stupidity.
 
Political Correctness is an industry - it purveys an artificial product, it has customers who turn to it when they want to be spiteful or bolster their own importance, and plenty of people make a living out of it (including one David Onamade, of whom more later). And one of the most salient and distressing features of this industry is the deep, deep ignorance of most of its supporters. Not that they find it any hindrance, unfortunately.
 
The Rev.Michael Wishart, vicar at St Mary's in leafy Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, wrote in his regular newsletter column about the changing of the seasons, which included a comment about a "nip in the air". He also mentioned that the PC Holy of Holies, multiculturalism, was "undermining the British way of life."
 

The Rev.Michael Wishart

 
The vicar wrote "The mornings have a decidedly autumnal feel to them, there's a little nip in the air. Which is what they said when they hanged the Japanese criminal."
 
The vicar later apologised and described the joke as a "throwaway line". Race relations nazis are, predictably, less than amused at his humour and also criticised a comment he made in the same newsletter about how Christianity was now "under attack" from other religions.
 
"I think what he said is racist to say the least and I think his views about other equality areas are patronising," David Onamade, director of Somerset Racial Equality Council. "Why did he feel the need to pick out the Japanese? Maybe he doesn't realise the term nip is derogatory. It's very insensitive for someone in a position of power and who heads a congregation of all the people in his community to make such remarks".
 
Someone needs to explain a few things to David Onamade. For instance, "nip" is a contraction of "Nippon" or "Nipponese", and "Nippon" is the correct and official word for Japan. The Japanese have no problem with the word - in fact, they like it. It's their word. It's possible they might take offence at being called "Japs", I don't know. But nicknaming them "Nips" is no more offensive than referring to residents of the UK as "Brits" or, north of the border, calling Hibernian supporters "Hibs".
 
Didn't know that, did you, David? But you should have done. It's your job, isn't it, to know a thing or two about race? And it wouldn't have been hard to find out, if you'd taken the trouble. All you have to do is put the word "Nippon" into Google, and on the first two pages you'd find
 
• Nippon Animation, one of the largest and best-known independent animation studios in Japan
• Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan's only cargo-specialist airline
• Nippon Life Assurance Company from Osaka, Japan
• Nippon-Export which, as you can guess by the name, offers Japanese goods directly exported from Japan
• The following entry in Wikipaedia: "Japan (Japanese: Nihon or Nippon, officially Nihon-koku or Nippon-koku) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of China, Korea, and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. Its capital is Tokyo" ...
• All Nippon Airways
• Nippon Paint, one of the leading paint and coating manufacturers in Asia
• The Nippon Foundation, and important international social and political organisation
• The International Nippon Collectors' Club, for collectors of Japanese porcelain
• The Nippon Sei Ko Kai - the Anglican Church in Japan
• Nippon 2007, an international science-fiction conference
• Nippon Gohsei, Japan's first management systems company
• The Nippon Steel Corporation
• Nippon Distribution, which supplies replacement starter motors and alternators for Japanese, Korean & Chinese equipment
• Nippon Automotive Ltd., a Cheltenham-based supplier of spare parts for Japanese cars, and
• Nippon Express, a major transport company.
 
So, David, if people generally don't mind contractions and the Japanese people seem to be rather keen on the word "Nippon", in what sense, exactly, is the term "nip" derogatory? Could you contact us, please, and explain? Because although we appreciate that someone in your position needs to keep himself in the public eye in order to justify his position and job, to be honest we're having a little difficulty following your twisted, self-serving logic.
 
Or perhaps it's the suggestion that some Japanese might be criminals that's derogatory? Does Japan not have criminals then? Or if it has them, must we not mention the fact? Or maybe the idea of a criminal being hanged is derogatory? Funny, I don't recall anyone keeping quiet about the fact that we used to hang people in this country, some of whom were actually guilty. You'll notice I'm not mentioning the Japanese history of cruelty and genocide here - it was a long time ago, after all, and I wouldn't want to say anything derogatory.
 
Also, David, you might like to explain your statement that the Rev.Wishart is "in a position of power" and "heads a congregation of all the people in his community". Power, David? A village vicar? And since when does any church have a congregation that includes more than 5% of the population? What world are you living in, David?
 
David also went on to criticise Wishart for writing "during the summer it was also stated by a number of prominent politicians, like Ruth Kelly, that multiculturalism is undermining the British way of life and will harm future generations". David said "He's got an agenda and doesn't think multiculturalism is something that should be welcomed. I think he should consider his position."
 
Well, David, Ruth Kelly did say that. So did quite a lot of other politicians, commentators and columnists. So did I. What's wrong with mentioning it, exactly? Does David actually know what "multiculturalism" means? He seems to think it just means being nice to people from other countries. What it really means is encouraging immigrant populations to maintain separate communities and not make any attempt to integrate themselves into British society, and as such it is certainly a right and proper matter for comment and discussion.
 
In the monthly village newsletter, the dear old Vicar also slagged off police for arresting a Christian activist handing out leaflets at a Gay Pride event. "We are not only under threat from other religions but secularism gone mad," he said. "It has become so politically correct that many local authorities are following Birmingham's lead and no longer intend to observe Christmas festivities but are calling it "winter fest" instead, so that no offence may be given". For a vicar, this is also a perfectly appropriate matter for comment. Of course, if it had been a Muslim claiming that his religion was under attack, that would have been OK, wouldn't it?
 
A spokesman for the diocese of Bath and Wells said "It was certainly an attempt at a very heavy handed joke, that just wasn't funny. He was trying to be light hearted inappropriately. He's a first rate parish priest. He's got the people he serves very much at heart. This was just a very unfortunate error of judgment. He does have a fairly robust view of life and he's very personable and well-liked man". It's nice that the diocese is prepared to stand up for their representative the Vicar, but one might have wished they'd had the confidence and fairness to be a little more robust about it.
 
The vicar has apologised for his joke but also appeared to take a swipe at his "politically correct" critics. "If it has caused any offence, then I apologise," he said. "I got the mickey taken out of me left right and centre for being Welsh when I was in the Navy, but I never went running to the race relations board." That's fair comment, too. He apologises if his joke caused any offence. So far we're not aware that any Japanese people have complained.
 
For indulging in thoughtless, out-of-proportion, self-serving, knee-jerk politics, David Onamade of the Somerset Racial Equality Council is our "Wanker of the Week", and a very well deserved one at that. If you'd like to tell him about it, his email address is admin@srec.org.uk.
 

 
The GOS says: In the course of our research into this farce, we discovered that there is such a thing as the "Black South West Network". It claims to be "a voice for the Black VCS to provide representation where it matters most with statutory bodies; to unlock further funds for the sector and increase effectiveness through the provision of advice, information, training, publications and development services". BSWN is located within the Black Development Agency in Bristol.
 
Odd, isn't it, that in these days of racial equality there are organisations that exist purely to serve the interests of certain racial minorities? Is there also a "White South West Network" or a "White Development Agency"? No, of course there isn't.
 
The GOS wants to join the Black South West Network. He isn't black, but why should that be an issue? Aren't we all equal? And if they refuse to let him in, wouldn't that be racial discrimination?
 

 
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