Sir, Gary Hancock’s assertion (letter, Feb 9) that “a remark is offensive if it causes offence to those about or to whom it is addressed” illustrates a worrying trend in today’s increasingly sensitive society. We are told by our human resources departments that behaviour is defined as harassment or bullying if it is perceived as such by the complainant: there is no requirement for that perception to be subjected to any examination of its rationality. In a culture where “victimhood” seems to be regarded as a lifestyle option, sensible management in the workplace is fast becoming a defensive exercise in avoiding the industrial tribunal, and expressing a challenging opinion on almost any topic invites accusations of bigotry, or worse. From Bob Bury of Leeds
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
• Victimhood’ culture impairs reasonable judgements made in the workplace
This excellent letter in today’s Times (February 10, 2009) illustrates how the infantile political correctness imposed on the whole nation under the rule of the Blairs is still beggaring everybody up. When we were little we were told that sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me. What inadequate people the politically correct would like us to be – at least on issues they prescribe!
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- Notes on the classics of French literature. During my years of teaching, I wrote thousands of pages for my students. Preferring not to discard all these years of work, I am posting them on the Internet as a resource for teachers and students and I am using my blogsite as the portal in order to give access to the individual books. During my university course, I was an Assistant for one year in Arras and my nostalgia for Georges Brassens stems from these happy days- now long gone- when his songs were first being recorded and he was all the rage among the student surveillants. When I opened this Blogsite many years ago, I used David Barfield, my maternal family name, as my Internet alias. My actual name is David Yendley and if any of my past students come across this site, I send them my best wishes. They were great company to be with.