Friday, February 06, 2009

What's in a name?

I thought that we lived in a free country, a country where you could call a spade a spade. You should be able to chat among people and speak freely. You should not have to watch your words, especially if you are talking about someone who is out of earshot. Unfortunately there are some people who will snitch on anyone to management over conversations, rather that resolve any dispute between themselves. Enter stage right Carol Thatcher, who called a tennis player a Golliwog. The BBC have sacked her over these remarks. There was no need to do this. People should have the freedom to speak freely and not be censored or sacked. People should also lighten up a little. If I was in this conversation, I would not have been offended and Carol calling a tennis player a Golliwog would only make it easier for you to gather who she was talking about. That is the art of conversation, to convey to people your message. It is better for Carol to refer to a tennis player as the Golliwog rather than What's-his-name. You refer to another person as a Golliwog and you understand what that person looks like . It is a point of reference like tall or short, fat or thin, dark or pale.

I am not the only person to think this way, also enter stage right, one Boris Johnson. Boris talks common sense when he say's ""I don't think she should have been fired, I think the way to deal with it if someone says something a bit offensive in a green room and you are the producer of the show and everybody else has taken umbrage and feels uncomfortable - which is what happened, as I understand it - then you take that person on one side and you say 'Listen, you've got to understand we've all got to work together and you've got to watch what you say and you've got to be sensitive'.

"But I don't think you fire someone, I really don't."

Now, what is that other name, somebody in a wood pile? Answers in the comment box!

Is it a lumberjack? No, something a little darker Sir!
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