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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Prats of The Week

Prats of The WeekCongratulations to Durham City Council, for winning this week's prestigious "Prats of The Week" award. It seems that in the main only councils ever win this award these days, that says a lot about the "quality" of lour local councils.

Anyhoo, Durham City Council have decided that a local businessman's choice of name for his business is racist and would cause offence.

Fair enough, maybe....

Except for one small fly, well actually some very large elephants, in their oinkment.

-The business is a Chinese restaurant

-The name of the business is the Fat Buddha

-The owner of the business is Chinese

-The owner of the business is in fact Buddhist.

Eddie Fung will open a £1.3M in Durham next month, creating 60 jobs.

Not so fast Mr had reckoned without the local council screwing things up.

Cue stage left, Tracey Ingle, the city council's head of cultural services.

Ingle has demanded that Mr Fung change the name because it was "provocative".

Mr Fung quite rightly thinks that the council is talking bollocks:

"I cannot believe that this woman

should go to so much time and trouble

to take issue over an inoffensive name like Fat Buddha.

No Buddhist is going to be offended by this.

The fat Buddha is a symbol of health and happiness.

It is political correctness gone mad

A spokesman for the Buddhist Society weighed in, also with the view that Ingle was talking bollocks:

"Buddhists regard the fat Buddha as lucky.

To suggest this is offensive is to misunderstand the faith.

Buddhists don't take offence at anything

because to do so doesn't follow Buddhist teachings

Ingle wrote to Mr Fung:

"To use the name of a major religion's deity

in your restaurant brand runs contrary to

this city's reputation as a place of equality

and respect for others' views and religious beliefs.

The generic descriptive adjective of "fat"

is not in itself a derogatory term when applied

generally the name implies an Eastern offer [sic]

as it is associated with a religion that

grew from Asian countries.

It does not, however, offer vegetarian

cuisine solely nor does it refer to Buddhist belief systems.

The name is provocative

What the fark is this woman talking about???

Durham City Council came to her defence:

"The department felt the name was inappropriate

in a city founded on faith.

We don't want to offend anyone because

of the different faiths that come to the city.

The council operates a strict non-discriminatory

equal-opportunities and diversity policy across the board

Who gave the council the right to dictate to people in this manner in the first place??

Councils need to be put very firmly and quickly back in their place by the people; they have grown far too cocky (can I use the word cocky here?).

Ingle dug herself further into the sh*t:

"I stand by the letter,

which asked the restaurant owners to rename the place.

That is where we are now.

We have taken every reasonable step

and I have contacted the company director

and set out my concerns.

The restaurant is in a very prominent

position and it does have an impact

on the reputation of the city.

I have expressed a view as head of cultural

services in dealing with the culture of the city

Errmmm it simply is not the council's place to dictate to people in this manner.

The Buddhists are not offended.

White middle class do gooders should keep their farking noses out of matters that they don't understand.

Durham City Council and Ingle, well deserving "Prats of The Week".

BTW Ingle actually keeps a blog (not very up to date), but feel free to pop over and post a few messages; it looks like she could do with some.

-Ingle's Blog

Feel free to drop Durham City Council a line, to tell them that they have won the award, via this link Prats.


  1. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Maybe he should just call it the Phat Buddha then all would be well.

    Odd how so many cultures see corpulent bodies as a sign of success (especially for wives in societies where a wife is viewable as a sign of financial status if she is, er, well nourished) but the western world takes the opposite view.

    Now frankly I have no desire to see half clothed butterballs wobbling down the local highstreet (no matter what age or sex) so am grateful for the clothing that most of the approving communities adopt (though bare midriffs sometimes let them down.) But is does seem to me that our self appointed social consciences are being somewhat -ist (pick any one from a number of possible ists) in their blanket criticism or large people.

    Shame on them, bullies that they are.


  2. Anonymous2:57 AM

    You'd think the Head of Cultural Services might be a little be more culturally aware, i.e. she should have known that the Fat Buddha is not offensive, just as she should know that Buddha is not a deity.

    Perhaps these people should try doing some research before they jump in with both feet, but then their arrogant assumption that they know what is best for everyone tends to preclude this.

  3. Anonymous8:37 AM

    >You'd think the Head of Cultural Services might be a little be more culturally aware,

    I think you misunderstood her role. It's to impose the council's view of reality on everyone, not to actually apply any knowledge of the subject she is inserting herself into.

    In this case they ran into someone who actually knows the subject. And their follow-ups just confirm their level of ignorance and pig headedness.

  4. Durham founded on faith?
    It would have to be wouldn't it?