A wealth of absurdity in one small booklet

screen-shot-2017-02-04-at-14-00-13At the British Medical Association (the physicians’ labour union), certain persons whom Dalrymple describes as being among

the little popes of political correctness

have, he says, consigned the term cleaning ladies to

the semantic equivalent of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

screen-shot-2017-02-04-at-14-01-33However, he notes that

even if they were henceforth to be called cleaning persons rather than cleaning ladies, I doubt that the BMA would press for equal wages with them. All persons are equal, but some persons are more equal than others.

In the BMA pamphlet A guide to effective communication: inclusive language in the workplace, doctors are instructed not to use the expression expectant mothers but rather pregnant people. Dalrymple comments:

The BMA now lives, or wants to live, in a world in which taking offence is its own justification: the offended, or yet-to-be offended, have taken over from the victims as the world’s heroes.

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‘The British Medical Association, of which I am an undistinguished member, recently published a booklet entitled A Guide to Effective Communication, which I strongly suspected would be as helpful as a booklet entitled Improving Athletic Performance by Cutting the Achilles Tendon. I was right.’

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‘Whether anyone has ever met an expectant transsexual offended by the term expectant mother is not stated; nor is the possibility aired that, if such a being actually existed, he or she should simply be told not to be so silly.’

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‘Long experience of apparatchiks has taught me that anyone who prefaces what he is about to say—his communication—with the words “I am committed to…” will soon proceed to something unpleasant hiding in his thicket of polysyllabic euphemism. If a hospital manager, for example, says “I am committed to…” (or, even worse, “I am passionately committed to…”), you know that something is about to be closed down and its staff (except for the managers) sacked.’

'No words of mine can do justice to the wealth of absurdity that the framers of this booklet have managed to pack into fourteen pages, which has come in for well-merited mockery.'

‘No words of mine can do justice to the wealth of absurdity that the framers of this booklet have managed to pack into fourteen pages, which has come in for well-merited mockery.’

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