Never Mind Your Golf Injury.What's Your Ethnic Origin

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Byline: LOUISA PRITCHARD

WHEN veteran golfer Thelma Woodbridge fell and injured her shoulder on a waterlogged green at her council-run course, she sent off a letter of complaint.

Expecting an apology from Portsmouth City Council, which had closed other holes due to poor conditions, the pensioner was outraged to receive a questionnaire asking her to reveal her racial background.

In the latest example of misplaced political correctness, no mention was made of Mrs Woodbridge's injuries or the fact that she had been forced to pay for treatment to her strained shoulder after the accident in January.

Instead, the council's Leisure Customer Survey Form asked the 66-yearold to tick a series of boxes under headings of age, gender, disability and ethnicity. Ethnic origin categories included African, Chinese and Pakistani.

The council's actions come just weeks after The Mail on Sunday revealed details of the Government's controversial ethnic monitoring survey, which gives 'English' the same status as Gipsies, Kosovars and Irish travellers. …