Don’t Let Political Correctness Destroy Our Natural Goodwill
Reading about the issues at the RNLI charity in the last few says it has struck me how political correctness and the consequent virtue signalling by those who instigate it is stifling our natural desire to want to help each other.
Years ago political correctness was the source of much humour – when it was new we used to make jokey references to it in the office, little realising how it would grow and come to dominate headlines and so much of politics now.
Humour is probably the most important thing to get me through a days work as I’m sure it is for most of us. But even humour is now being stifled by the fear of offending, or, even worse, the desire to look virtuous in front of one’s PC peers. How many so called new comedy shows have you watched recently that make you yawn because they are so staged and politically correct they are not only not funny but positively painful.? The disaster that was the much-hailed new Generation Game springs to mind. Killed by the PC stick.
Nobody in their right mind would want to go back to the days when sexual harassment was acceptable or anyone could feel bullied or discriminated against with no redress to the law of course. But we have come a long way since then and our laws offer a lot of protection . ..
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But back to the RNLI. A wonderful charity that has saved thousands upon thousands of lives at sea thanks to the amazing volunteers who risk their own lives regularly in order to save others. And all unpaid volunteers, every one of them, many of the local fishermen. (Hope you will excuse the word fishermen) …
The RNLI is a charity that I always knew about, my mum being a huge supporter. We always donated and I still do. We all recognise the little stickers they give out. And I can never pass them by in the street. Such a worthwhile organisation. True charity.
But the RNLI is now a victim of its own success. It has become so wealthy that it has been instructed to spend some of its money. And so it has now acquired various senior executives, managers and middle managers, all with a left-wing bias and bent on health and safety, political correctness and investigations. More than one branch has faced sackings and resignations to the point where in Jersey a whole new organisation to save lives at sea has been set up by unhappy volunteers from the RNLI. What went wrong? New management and political correctness that’s what. Sacking for a saucy teacup in one instance…. Long-standing volunteers of 20 or 30 years standing gone. Of course, not all branches are affected but it is a reflection of our times.
Paperwork, committees, administration, procedures and so on are not more important than saving lives. Does a drowning person care about all that? No, they are just glad of a kind willing hand to save them. We can see how excessively overpaid managers have not helped the NHS whatsoever for instance. The National Trust is another example of political correctness with staff being made to wear badges for Gay Pride and sending them surveys asking what gender they identify with for crying out loud! Needless to say, many volunteers have upped and left…
It seems political correctness is sweeping through our charities and alienating many good-hearted and long-standing volunteers. And I’m afraid many long-standing donations too. I for one feel very disappointed.
Let’s hope political correctness doesn’t ruin every last scrap of goodwill (or humour) left in any of us.