Nanny is constantly on the look out for things that may offend people, no matter how trivial the issue she strives to ensure that not one person in Britain can ever be offended by anything someone else says or does.
Needless to say, this is an impossible task; as there is bound to be something that offends someone. I, for instance, find Nanny to be highly offensive.
Anyhoo, the latest word that Nanny believes may offend people is "purdah". This has been used by civil servants to describe the period leading up to an election, when politically sensitive announcements should not be made. Unfortunately, in Persian it also means curtain and in the Muslim world it takes two forms; physical segregation of the sexes, and the requirement for women to cover their bodies and conceal their form.
Nanny's chums in the Welsh Assembly have decided that for a non Muslim to use the word in reference to the pre election period is highly offensive to Muslims, therefore it has been banned during the Welsh Assembly election because it might offend Muslims and other religious groups.
An Assembly Government spokeswoman said:
"As the term 'pre-election period' is now
in common usage across the Assembly Government,
we didn't consider it necessary to give
specific guidance for the 2007 Assembly elections.
However, the guidance we issued to staff prior
to the 2005 General Election did contain such a reference.
'Don't use the term "purdah" to describe
the pre-election period. It has a specific meaning
for some religious groups and they may see
its use in this context as unduly flippant and offensive'".
What utter bollocks!
The word is clearly being used in a non offensive way, what rational sane person could find that to be offensive?