Dave’s Obsession With Political Correctness Might Cost Him His Job. As It Happened To His Idol, Tony
Adam Lovejoy writes from London: It’s a well-established rule in politics: when politicians fail miserably doing their job they turn to political correctness to protect themselves from any criticism. As in: yes, sure, I have made a mess: pretty much screwed the economy; failed everything but hey, I’ve been a keen supporter of women’s rights and rights of all sorts of minorities, hugged trees and spread democracy so you can’t really say that I’ve been a total failure, now can you?
Tony Blair and his New Labour comrades turned political correctness into their official policy, getting away with murder. Tony stuffed the Labour benches in the House of Commons with women so that no one could criticise them, even though most of them did not really perform all that well. He appointed a blind man to run the Home Office for the sole purpose of preventing anyone questioning the effectiveness of its performance. He became obsessed with gay rights, as if there were nothing more important in the world, to shield himself from any attacks on his general incompetence and multiple failures. He enforced multiculturalism to please the liberal left even though it damaged racial relations and introduced frictions in society. In the end PC couldn’t save Tony and he was ousted from office by his own people.
And now we have David Cameron following his idol Blair’s example and using the PC card left, right and centre, to cover up his many failures. Dave is a hardened feminist, a passionate gay rights supporter, a promoter of democracy abroad and a fervent advocate of overseas aid. In fact, if you compile a long list of politically correct causes Dave would probably sign up to all of them. It’s so much simpler to appease the powerful PC brigade, you see, than actually do something worthwhile. Such as fixing the economy, cracking down on the banks and licensed loan sharks, improving education and the health system. Just bang on about equality and justice and freedom and more freedom and you can get away with pretty much anything.
The thing that Mr Cameron is missing, though, is that there’s a limit to what politicians can get away with by peddling political correctness. Labour found out about it the hard way in 2010 when it was kicked out of office for the gross incompetence which resulted in Britain going bankrupt. It would have been wiped out completely, if not for the helping hand from the BBC, the left’s publicly funded massive propaganda machine, and the sad fact that Mr Cameron was not exactly the sort of leader that the Tory supporters liked to see entering Number 10. But in any case the bulletproof vest of political correctness that Labour comrades have been wearing for 13 years didn’t protect them from the gunfire of voters’ anger.
There’s one more thing that Mr Cameron should keep in mind: once politicians go down the slippery road of political correctness, it’s downhill from then onwards as all sorts of minorities start demanding more concessions at the expense of the majority. Absurd demands grow in number, forcing political rulers to compromise on common sense and logic. In effect, it’s a trap door that leads into oblivion. The slogans sound nice but the end result is usually not. PM Cameron had better keep this in mind if he wants to last till 2015.