War and the Lunacy of Political Correctness

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War and the Lunacy of Political Correctness


Byline: LYNDA LEE-POTTER

LANCE Corporal Roberta Winterton has posed topless in The Sun.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Jason Archer and Lance Bombardier Heidi Cochrane deserted their spouses and their duties and ran off to Holland.

If I were the CO, I'd have the three of them locked up and court martialled for shameful conduct before being drummed out of the Army with ignominy.

Their irresponsible stupidity, of course, occurred just as the Government revealed that women may be allowed to fight on the front line.

This political correctness has led to the perpetration of endless, destructive and sometimes dangerous absurdities. It's based on the inaccurate assumption that men and women are exactly the same when it comes to attitude, ability, strength and reaction.

Political correctness also accounts for the fact that the House of Commons has a bevy of female Labour MPs who are voiceless, senseless and on their way out.

It makes no allowances for hard work, application or even talent. It shows no awareness of the fact that a working environment is not a suitable place for sexual activity.

Political correctness means never facing the truth or employing common sense. It means that anyone justifiably suggesting a woman colleague is useless and incompetent is a misogynist.

It means that if the Met says that in certain areas of London street crime is perpetrated mostly by black criminals, they are accused of racism. It means pretending that last year's Notting Hill Carnival, where two people were murdered and 19 stabbed, was peaceful and law-abiding.

It means making homosexual sex legal at 16 because MPs are terrified of being accused of homophobia. It means that a woman who takes employment which involves heavy lifting demands compensation if she's fired for not revealing she was pregnant when she took the job.

POLITICAL correctness has no interest in justice or fair play. It's based on fear and weakness, not on wisdom. It allowed servicewomen who signed forms agreeing they would not become pregnant when they joined the Army to scream 'discrimination' when they flouted their terms of employment and were rightly sacked.

It enabled them unjustifiably and greedily to obtain compensation Looking for an answer: Les Dennis with wife Amanda Holden which has cost the British taxpayer [pounds sterling]58 million.

Political correctness is obsessive and totally humourless. It's why police officers are no longer allowed to be given such affectionate nicknames as Mick, Jock, Taffy or Chalky. It means that children have been banned from going to fancy dress parties as chimney sweeps with blackened faces because this is seen as racism.

It means that the head of a primary school in Devon who has just had her fourth baby is to be allowed to work part-time - irrespective of the fact that a part-time headmistress is about as much use as a firefighter who won't work at night.

Political correctness was behind the destructive decision to have mixed wards in hospitals, ignoring the inherent modesty most men and women feel when it comes to strangers of the opposite sex.

Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon now says the only reason for continuing to bar women from combat roles would be if it could be proved they undermined operational effectiveness.

Most of us don't need proof that ten women and 20 men are going to be less effective on the front line than 30 chaps.

The irony is that the final decision about female soldiers will be taken by politicians who have never so much as done National Service, let alone fought in a bloody war, tried to shield a dying mate amid flying bullets, or crouched in a bunker with the blast of machine guns overhead.

Unfortunately, they make decisions without conferring with the soldiers who know that their lives depend on loyalty, mutual support, instant obedience and male bonding.

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