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Monday, June 06, 2011

The Dangers of Kung Foo Fighting

It is "interesting" (not really the ideal word, but it is a Monday morning!) to see how thin skinned many people have become as a result of living in the Nanny state.

Simon Ledger (a pub singer/entertainer) discovered this to his cost a couple of months ago, when he was singing at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown on the Isle of Wight.

Mr Ledger regularly performed there, and one song (Kung Foo Fighting) is by all accounts popular with the regulars.

Anyhoo, as Mr ledger was belting it out a man of Chinese origin and his mother were walking past. For reasons that are unclear to my thick skinned hide, they found the song to be offensive and reported it to the police.

Later Mr Ledger, ironically having just finished eating in a Chinese restaurant, was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment then released on bail.

There don't seem to be any updated media reports about whether the police have formally charged Mr ledger, if anyone has any updated information please feel free to drop me a note.

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  1. Many years ago, as part of my continuing professional development, I had to attend a PC brainwashing indoctrination session; the hospital where I worked actually called it a diversity and difference awareness course.
    During the course,(sic) amongst other things, we were told that if any one, whether present at the time or not, considered something to be racially offensive or homophobic, then a racist or homophobic incident had taken place.....The police officer present at the course(politician in uniform) stated that it was up to the accused to prove that the thing that caused offence was not racist or homophobic....This actually reverses centuries of our legal traditions as it has always been the job of the prosecution to prove guilt, not for the defendent to prove innocence.

    I honestly believe that all these "isms" and "phobics" that are so loved by Nanny, are only there to shut people up and to prevent debate.
    To some extent, making a minority a "special case" by making any assault or crime against them subject to a harsher penalty, actually causes more division and resentment. If the state stood back, I am sure people would, over time, integrate and live together peacefully.

  2. Lord of Atlantis11:13 AM

    What a load of BS! This song was very popular in the 1970s, I believe it was in the 'Top Ten', in fact, and there was no hint whatever about it being racist. Of course that was before the politically correct fascists took over the country: exactly how, I should like to know as I never voted for it! I find what you have experienced to be most disturbing, Tonk: the principle of innocencent until guilt is proven is a basic right of every British citizen, and a foundation of our laws. Also disturbing, is it does not seem to work both ways: certain groups who hate this country and its people (yet are quite happy to live here, in many cases of our overgenerous welfare system)seem to be able to incite violence and murder with impunity.

  3. Anonymous12:48 PM

    @ lord of atlantis
    Overgenerous welfare system ? A Daily Mail comment, and false. Political propaganda. Tory heaven.

  4. Anonymous1:54 PM

    The point s, it is surely unconsionable - and presumably against any sort of sane human rights - to have in place a law which you cannot know if you are breaking. You might just as well have arbitrary arrest and detention.

  5. So in effect,you have to prove a negative. A logical impossibility.

  6. Mjolinir2:33 AM

    See press reports of the 'Wiltshire jungle drums' case -

    //It was a meeting of volunteers to discuss the state of local health care.
    As the conversation turned to changes in the NHS, and how rumours about them can spread, the chairman said: "You cannot help the jungle drums."
    When a member of the public complained that the commonly-used phrase was racist, the speaker immediately apologised and carried on.
    Yet the incident has led to an official investigation, six months of wrangling, and a decision to bar the health group from meeting councillors.//

    The 'offendee' -Sonia Carr, a member of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council - is later quoted as saying //"The remark was racist and my complaint is valid," she said. "People need to think before they say things that could cause offence."

  7. Lord of Atlantis3:16 PM

    Mjolinir said '
    ... The 'offendee' -Sonia Carr, a member of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council - is later quoted as saying //"The remark was racist and my complaint is valid," she said. "People need to think before they say things that could cause offence."'

    Well, whilst I have no problem with the phrase 'jungle drums' I do find organisations such as the above, and indeed any kind of political correctness very offensive. I am also appalled at such a scandalous waste of public money, especially in the current economic climate. And what happened to the principle of freedom of speech?