Monday, 15 July 2013

More politically incorrect celebs

On 15 September 2006, Shaun Williamson, who played Barry in EastEnders and a comically unemployable version of himself in Ricky Gervais' sitcom, Extras, was interviewed for the i>‘If I Ruled the World’ section of The Star. 

 Asked the question, ‘Who would you send to the tower/put in the stocks?’

Sean replied:
“Anyone who promotes political correctness which lacks common sense. They shouldn't be pandered to.”
Who would you single out for a knighthood and why?
"I'd automatically give a knighthood to the oldest surviving First World War veteran. When there were none of them left, I'd start giving them to Second World War soldiers. We need to do more to honour them."
Which building would you demolish and why?
"Anything that was built in the 1960s would have to come down. I'd demolish the multi-storey car parks and anything that was a blot on the landscape and start again. I'd take back any knighthoods that were conferred on architects who were working in the 1960s."
When asked if he ‘could change the national anthem for another piece of music, what would it be and why?’, Sean replied:
“I'd just change it to Land Of Hope And Glory because that would really upset all the left-wingers.”
He also said:
“I'd bring back the death penalty… I think the circumstances are right to re-introduce it.” 
Sounds like the kind of a bloke you wouldn't mind having a drink with, doesn't he?

Glen Roeder played football for Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers, Notts County, Newcastle United and Watford.

After his retirement he managed Gillingham, Watford, West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich.

Glen, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour at one point, was quoted thus in the 20 September 2006 edition of The Guardian:
“In this politically correct world of ours, the majority stay silent and we let ourselves be controlled by the loud minority.”

On 6 October 2006, JPR Williams, M.B.E., the legendary Wales and British Lions full back, was interviewed by The Guardian’s Paul Doyle for Small Talk.

At one point Paul asked him what he would ‘hurl into Room 101?’ JPR replied:
“Political correctness. It's no longer possible for a schoolmaster to put his arm around a child to comfort him - how sad is that?”
JPR, an outstanding member of two victorious Lions tours, to New Zealand in 1971 and South Africa in 1974, was an orthopaedic surgeon when not playing rugby and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

In 1979, he was the subject of ‘This Is Your Life’ and, in January 2006, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for charity, helping to raise more than £200,000 for the NSPCC's 'Full Stop' Campaign.

On 3 April 2007, The Hendon Times told us that Tory councillor, Brian Gordon, was ‘accused of poor taste and even racism by political opponents’ when he blacked up and went to a fancy dress party as Nelson Mandela.

Unfortunately for the PC Crowd, after The Hendon Times contacted Mandela’s office, Zelda le Grange, his official spokesperson, said:
“We don't see any harm in this whatsoever. If it was a fancy dress party and people were expected to arrive as a character or famous person, we are convinced there was no ill intent behind this. We are not oversensitive about matters like these…

We should try not to read racism into actions which may be completely innocent.”

On 29 November 2006,, Australia’s premier internet news website, told us that, in her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, American-born British authoress, Lionel Shriver, said this:
"It's now correct to despair of political correctness."
Shriver won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2005 with ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin.’

On 31 May 2008, The Sun quoted Simon Cowell thus:
“I suggest we bring some normality back to this country and say if you are carrying a knife, there must be zero tolerance. If the Government and police were as attentive on knives as they are on smoking, speeding and parking, this problem would disappear in five minutes. If it was up to me, everyone caught with a knife would get an automatic ten-year sentence.

We wouldn’t tolerate someone walking into our house carrying a knife so why do we put up with people walking down the street with knives?…

There is too much tolerance in Britain. We have to get tough. What we have to do is bring a sense of competition back into schools. When people say competition sports are wrong, that’s crazy – kids have to learn that life is competitive.

We’re too politically correct, it’s ridiculous. We have to stop all this PC nonsense.”
I don’t like you, Simon, but I’m happy to quote those I don’t like when they say it as it is and speak up for Britain and the British.

As you do here.

On 10 October 2007, Christopher Biggins said this in The Daily Mail:
“As a gay man myself… what greatly disturbs me is that the old demand for tolerance is now being replaced by a new mood of aggressive intolerance from gay rights zealots and their political allies. In a worrying new development, we seem to be moving from the fight against discrimination to a new kind of crackdown on freedom of expression.

This week, the Government announced that it is to introduce a new law which will make ‘homophobic’ comments a serious criminal offence, punishable by up to seven years in prison. The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, tried to present this as another milestone on the road to equality. Well, I can tell you, Jack, it is nothing of the sort.

This proposal is the very opposite of freedom. If enacted, it will amount to a disastrous attack on one of our most basic liberties, the right to free speech. It is a charter for nosy-parkers and bully-boys, for prigs who find offence at every turn and bores who want to impose their narrow, self-righteous opinions on the rest of us.

I despair at the mood of edict issuing, word-censoring dreariness that seems to have overtaken the leaders of the gay rights movement. They, more than anyone, should be on the side of flamboyance, eccentricity, laughter and earthiness. Instead, they are acting like old commissars of some Eastern bloc regime or a bunch of Victorian moral puritans, clamping down on politically incorrect words.

We are told that this new law will allow the police ‘to pursue those who create an atmosphere or climate in which hatred or bullying can be fostered.’ What a scope for moralising zealotry lies behind those words. For a start, so many of the great comedians would surely fall foul of the rules.

Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers and Frank Carson would all be behind bars, as would a host of gay comics like Paul O'Grady and Julian Clary who are the modern heirs of the great comedic tradition that Kenneth Williams and, of course, Frankie Howerd once embodied…

The Government is now attempting to create a new type of thought crime, where people are criminalised for their words and thoughts rather than their actions. That sort of politically correct engineering belongs in the realms of Orwell's 1984, not in the dear old live-and-let-live Britain I have always loved.

Yet that is the trend of our times. Over the past few years, I have seen some alarming signs of how the modern, ultrapoliticised state wants to take a hard line with voices of dissent or humour.

So a frivolous Oxford student is locked up in the cells for a night for saying that a police officer was riding ‘a gay horse,’ while a writer, Lynette Burrows, was recently interrogated by the police for expressing on BBC radio her disapproval of gay adoption, a view that is probably shared by the majority of the population and even by some gays themselves.

Apparently, Ms Burrows was guilty of causing an alleged ‘homophobic incident’ on live radio. This kind of nonsense should be stopped. Yet, sadly, Jack Straw's proposed legislation will only exacerbate the zeal for political correctness that seems to consume the modern British police force...

This is yet another step in the grim march of authoritarianism now afflicting Britain, with people terrified of speaking their minds for fear of the knock on the door.

We have already seen how the laws on incitement to religious hatred are now routinely used by extreme Muslim fundamentalists to challenge any criticism of their religion, whether it be in Danish cartoons or literary fiction…

The endless search for offence can only divide us, and promote the very intolerance that the Government hopes to abolish.”
The government doesn’t hope to abolish intolerance, Chris. It hopes to abolish Britain as we once knew it and the British. Those we vote for are at war with us, you see. And the laws they create, though they don’t spell it out as such, are specifically designed to keep the indigenous in their box as the various minorities, and those that sponsor them, chip away at everything we once had and everything we once were.

Anyway, full marks for the article.

At least for those bits I left in.

On 8 June 2007, Simon Weston, a now famous Welsh Guardsman who was burned very badly when the Sir Galahad was bombed during the Falklands conflict, said this at WalesOnline:
“You’ve got to be honest with kids because far too often kids have their trust torn up and thrown in their face and half of the battle we are losing with youngsters is trust. Youngsters have got to trust that when you say you’re going to do something that you’ll do it and that is as much about penalties and punishment as it is about love.

There’s as much love sometimes in punishment as there is in giving someone a hug and telling them it will be all right and you’ll take care of it. Sometimes you’ve got to do the right thing and the right thing quite often is by setting a stringent boundary, which is where we’ve gone wrong with schools.

They’ve got rid of the cane, that type of corporal punishment, and it wasn’t cruel and it wasn’t vicious and it was painful. Yes it was, but it had an order to it and nobody ever wanted it.

But now we’ve gone down that road where you couldn’t even restrain a kid in school that could be trying to slash out with a knife and kill some other kid. We’ve gone completely the wrong way but we tend to do that because people get so politically correct that they use it against those who are trying to improve it…

We have to shelve a lot of the political correctness. If you say something and it’s right, no matter how offensive, why is it always treated as racist or sexist or homophobia?

The problem is with governments, they come in and try to change everything quickly but there is no quick answer. Stop trying to change things overnight.”
Simon also had this to say regarding the soldier’s mental state when he leaves the army:
“For those people who suffer from post traumatic stress – and I have suffered – they have nightmares even while they are awake. They see things, ghosts of terrors they can’t get rid of. It’s hard to live with…

It’s terrible when you know of people who have gone out for an evening, and if there was a group of people laughing they used to go and stand really close hoping they’d brush up against them and perhaps some of their happiness would rub off on them.”
And yet the government and the Defence Department so often seems to lose interest once the military man has left the service.

Anyway, another 10/10 for common sense here.

In a Q and A column in the 16 November 2008 edition of The People, accounts assistant, Julie Sands put the following question to talk-show host, Trisha Goddard:
“Another programme to face accusations of public humiliation is Big Brother, particularly with its race and bullying rows. Does it have a future?”
Trisha replied:
“I've never met a person of colour who thought the Jade Goody incident was racist. Stupid, yes. More racist was the chorus of ‘liberal’ voices who told us we should find it racist. Bullying will crop up in any reality format, it's how you deal with it that counts.”
As it happens, Jade Goody’s father was a black drug-addict. Later in the interview, her use of the dreaded D-word somewhat spoiled Ms Goddard’s politically incorrect credentials. Goddard opined:
“We need far more diversity of women. And men, for that matter.”
Yeah right. We need ‘more diversity’ like we need an inside out a*sehole.

On 3 October 2008, 50s heartthrob and Academy Award nominee, Richard Todd, made his feelings clear regarding the decision by the film’s American producers to rename the dog that belonged to Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, in the remake of the Dambusters. (Todd played Gibson in the 1954 original) He said:
"As far as I'm concerned it's rubbish. The dog was called Nigger and if you have the dog in the film it has to be called by his real name. And without the dog you don't have a film because he was the most important character… It wasn't being rude to black people. 
Nigger brown used to be a colour, it comes from the French word for black, which is negre. The word may not be used in the same way these days but it was the dog's name back then and that is a fact… If you change it everyone's going to winge and whine about political correctness. And if you don't change it, obviously, you are offending a lot of people inadvertently."
He added:
"You can't remake the Dam Busters… This remake idea is just to make money for people who already have a good idea in front of them."

On 9 September 2008, in an interview with Closer Magazine, Andrew Lloyd Webber said this:
“I look back at when I was younger and ask myself, would I have written an opera with Tim Rice? So many people nowadays are obsessed with things offending people. 
Today people say you can’t do this because it will offend that community, and then you can’t say this because the Muslims will be offended by it, and we’ll end being talked out of it. Talked out of ideas. Whereas when I was 20, I didn’t think about those things, you could just do it.”

In August 2008, after a poor Guardian review of a Blackpool show in which he was starring, Paul Daniels said this on his personal blog:
"I watch the audience every night falling about and even crying with laughter at the antics of the performers. Make no bones about it, the vast majority of every audience leaves the theatre having had a wonderful night of entertainment. 
So let us consider the Guardian, a newspaper that everyone knows has always been extremely blinkered and only looking to the left and at the 'politically correct'. I stopped reading it years ago because of that… The editor obviously chose a person to review this show who totally ignored the audience around them. They found racism where it does not exist… 
I didn't find it racist when the Indian comics sent up the British so well in their show. These are jokes and the only criterion is whether the jokes are funny or not. Let's face it, the vast majority of racism now is coming from the ethnic minorities and 'New Labour' politicians against the white majority in this country."
There's a lot of people about who seem to be thinking in a politically incorrect way, isn't there?

Doesn't matter though. The same old PC politicians keep slithering up the greasy pole to power.

It's about time folks stopped voting for them. Vote for anyone you like but not the three establishment parties. They're the ones that betrayed us.

They're the ones that sold us down the river.

Check out what George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels; actor Ray Winstone; Monty Python's John Cleese and The Who's Roger Daltry think of the way things are now.

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