It has been oodles of time since I last awarded my prestigious Prats of The Week Award, therefore without further ado I hereby award it to The Fabian Society.
For being instrumental in the creation of the Labour Party in the 19th century?
Indeed that would be justification in itself, but no.
The Fabian Society has called for the word "Chav" to be banned.
The term is widely used is slang for a young person of low social status, often wearing designer sportswear.
The Fabian Society doesn't like that, Tom Hampson (Fabian Society editorial director) believes that the term betrays a deep level of "class hatred" and is "deeply offensive to a largely voiceless group".
All very well, but was it not the Labour Party that used "class hatred" in a recent bye election whereby they categorised the Tory candidate as a "toff". Labour got their arses well and truly kicked for that.
Surely though, calling someone a "toff" is also an example of class hatred?
Why does the Fabian Society not call for that to be banned too?
Answer, because they love to wallow in class hatred themselves.
Simon Donald, the co-founder of Viz Magazine, comes up with a far more direct response to this bullshit; he said the word was meant to be an insult, and that was fine.
We are still allowed, almost, to insult each other.
"Some uses of some words fall below the threshold of acceptability and some are definitely above it.
Chav is way above that threshold. It is deeply offensive to a largely voiceless group and - especially when used in normal middle-class conversation or on national TV - it betrays a deep and revealing level of class hatred.
It is distancing, turning the chav into the kind of feral beast that exists only in tabloid headlines".
So there you have it, in Hampson's world there are no feral beasts on the streets of Britain, the "yoof" disorder that we have read about and the gangs on the streets are in fact totally made up.
Tony Thorne, a language consultant for Kings College London, noted that chavs often refer to themselves as Chavs.
You can no more ban the use of a word than you can dis-invent the wheel, unless of course you are a believer in the concept of "wordspeak" and a police state as described in "1984".
Evidently the Fabians are believers in such a state.
The Fabians, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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