...are no longer necessary. You can outrage the English with a single word.
The word in question--this time--is 'Pikey', a term I have never used nor have I mingled with those who do. It refers to travellers, whether Romany or otherwise, also to the thugs known as chavs, to anyone mean with money or short of money. In other words, it's an insult that transcends racial boundaries. Anyone can be a pikey.
And yet, I quote: A spokesman for race equality watchdog the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) said: "These distasteful comments are highly derogatory and have caused much offence."
To whom, precisely? I didn't watch the programme in question but that passing comment would have gone in one ear and out the other. It's not a racist word, the speaker did not apply it to anyone in particular, yet we have outrage once more.
Another TV chef, Gordon Ramsay, is well known for his love of the expletive. His shows are full of 'F-- this' and similar chef jargon. Nobody seems to mind.
In other news, a senior judge wants the whole of the UK population, including visitors, recorded on a national DNA database. This generated no outrage at all.
One casual remark can end a career in the UK, while calls for a 1984-style control state are met with nods of approval.
Does anyone else think this is entirely stupid?