One of the major drawbacks of political correctness is its multitude of contradictions. Because it is based on state-sponsored authoritarianism rather than dispassionate reason, it has to forever change as the last ‘correct’ view turns out to be incompatible with the next rigidly enforced one.
For example, it is politically incorrect to expose our children to any form of risk. Hence some schools in the UK have banned girls making daisy chains for fear that the flowers expose them to the risk of germs, banned hand-stands in the playgrounds and banned yo-yos and conkers. Whilst up in Queensland, one school banned all contact sports. As a result, children have nowhere to play, so stay indoors and get fat. Which is very incorrect. Although to point this out, is also incorrect.
A truly chilling story in The Australian last week highlighted the heart-breaking story of two perfectly healthy and well cared for children who were forcibly removed by NSW DoCS workers from their parents last September. Their parents’ crime? Smoking the occasional joint.
Thirteen weeks later a judge ordered their return to their parents, who he described as
“loving, sensitive and … well able to provide for the safety, welfare and wellbeing of their infant children”.
adding that there was
“no evidence whatsoever that [DoCS] had any concerns at this time as to the wellbeing or safety of the children.”
Their real crime?
“Last September, after the woman had given birth to the baby boy, the couple missed a meeting with DOCS officers, who promptly visited their home. According to a DOCS report of the incident, the mother was “making a hot drink” when officers arrived. “Her hair was messy and knotted. She appeared to have lost a lot of weight. Her clothes were hanging off her and her bones were protruding.” The DOCS officer said to the woman: “You look like you’ve lost a lot of weight.” The mother replied: “You look like you’ve put on weight.” “
Yes, the mother accused the DoCS worker of being a little fat. For this, her two young children were removed from their parents for 13 weeks.
However, across the water in equally PC Britain, prospective carers with a BMI of more than 42 have been banned from becoming foster parents. They are considered unsuitable human beings.
As Spiked asks, who will be the next group to be considered unsuitable parents?
Smokers? Climate change sceptics? Libertarians?