The article that was the subject of this post was first edited to reword the insane paragraph mentioned below, then it was taken off the site completely. Thankfully there’s a cached version here.
… or is it still up in edited form? Not sure what’s real anymore or if Rick Dewsbury even exists.
Hello. There’s a reasonably standard Daily Mail article online, written by some prick named Rick Dewsbury about the Olympic opening ceremony last night. It rails against a perceived left-wing bias and the prominence of a politically correct and multicultural agenda. All that’s up for debate (by the by, the article’s pretty much a by-the-numbers pile of shit, which Rick probably knew when he wrote it). The main premise is that the NHS shouldn’t be celebrated, because some doctors and nurses were responsible for the death by thirst of a patient called Kane Gorny. Non-sequitur central, natch.
However there’s a particular paragraph which struck me as probably racist and worthy of a PCC complaint:
“But it was the absurdly unrealistic scene – and indeed one that would spring from the kind of nonsensical targets and equality quotas we see in the NHS – showing a mixed-race middle-class family in a detached new-build suburban home, which was most symptomatic of the politically correct agenda in modern Britain.
This was supposed to be a representation of modern life in England but it is likely to be a challenge for the organisers to find an educated white middle-aged mother and black father living together with a happy family in such a set-up.”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t really see what’s so unrealistic about that. Rick presents no evidence to support this or otherwise to imply that it’s a statement about the simple number of mixed-race versus same-race couples in the country. What he does do, is to add the words ‘educated’, ‘happy family’ and ‘such a set-up [the nice house]‘ in such a way as to demonstrate that his claim is actually one that, by virtue of the races involved, such couples are more likely to be stupid, unable to foster a happy family environment, or poor. Pretty clumsy, nasty, and perhaps liable under Clause 12 i) of the PCC code. The full text of my complaint is at the link below:
We’ll see what happens. Most probably nothing but at least this post will stand testament that Rick Dewsbury is a huge tool who earns a living writing the kind of stuff that would have sent him insane by now if he really believed all of it, and can’t even correctly steer the line between anti-PC moaning and explicit incitement of racial hatred.