Do people worry too much about being politically correct?

image
Print Friendly

In society we are now compelled to walk on egg shells because there might be a slight possibility of offending someone.

Are we creating a society where freedom of speech is being stifled to such a degree that we have to think of the consequences of any random comment before we may make it?

We all view the world from slightly different perspectives and make our own choices. As a society we still have freedom of thought. Have we not evolved enough to trust and respect each other even if we differ in opinions?

 

Has political correctness gone too far?

863 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes No

What are your views on this?

We'd love to hear your comments

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password
daydreams
13th Jan 2015
1
Thanks for voting!
Freedom of speech is very much at the forefront of the news today - not just because of the terrible events in France, but also because of this announcement regarding everyone's emails being read in order to keep an eye on possible threats to our national security. Mr Cameron condemned the Paris events as going against freedom of speech, yet surely, the plans to read all our emails are going against freedom of speech in a way too?
treveden
30th Jan 2015
0
Thanks for voting!
As far as we are concerned any government security service should be able to access email , etc. If you have nothing to hide, then surely you have nothing to fear . After all our banking used to be private, didn't hear any howls of disapproval over losing this privacy.
We have a joint responsibility to use any measures to prevent harm to our families and friends ?
andbrown01
6th Jan 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
people should be aloud to speak their mind
Mo Moor
2nd Jan 2015
2
Thanks for voting!
In a word "yes"! We have become a nation of sensitive people, as though some of the realities of life should not be discussed, for fear of offending a small minority. Whilst I condone rudeness and blatant offensive remarks or behaviour, we should not be afraid of expressing a factual view. Life is not easy, nor ideal. We all therefore need to toughen up a bit more and face realities of life, which are sometimes harsh. Education rather than legislation and nannying us all!
sallyanne
29th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
No such thing as freedom of speech say no more .
Archiebald
30th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
Not sure I agree with this Sallyanne. I think the UK is one of the only countries in the world where we have almost total freedom of speech. The press (in my opinion) are brilliant and dont hold back on anything. This is rare in most countries
charlie1268
28th Dec 2014
3
Thanks for voting!
fundamental correct standards cannot be
changed because of majority votes.
malham
27th Dec 2014
5
Thanks for voting!
What else can you expect when we swallow every last bit of idiocy emanating from the USA? That's where it came from.
andbrown01
18th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
yes with out a doubt
P.Pig
17th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
Nanny society.I say it as i see it.
Pete Jones
13th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
I will always say what I believe to be OK and considerate. I do not condone so called political correctness. That is for cowards.
sue120502
11th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
Sorry, can't comment not politically prudent to do so. Oh bugger it, if I go to gaol (English spelling of the word) at least I'll get 3 meals a day, be able to take part in further education and be warm 24/7.

Political correctness = no free speech. Pity we had wars, campaigns etc etc to gain freedom, only to lose it in the 21st Century.

I am offended because my right to express my opinions out loud have been taken from me.
Zod
11th Dec 2014
3
Thanks for voting!
We are treated llike children today. Don't do this or say that. Well,, sod 'em! There seem to be a whoole load of people waiting to be offended by something or someone. Grow up!
Archiebald
11th Dec 2014
3
Thanks for voting!
The state seems to behave like a parent ensuring that we are all well behaved!
Peter
11th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
I think that people who say that political correctness has gone too far have gone too far !!

These days whatever you say can and probably will offend someone - tact, good manners and consideration for the views of others is surely the most sensible approach.
Bazeley
9th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
If it makes someone think twice then maybe it's no bad thing....
Jo Kingham
9th Dec 2014
3
Thanks for voting!
Personally I think we've become a bit over sensitive. In some ways children have it the best. They just say exactly what's in their heads, there's no malice..it's just their thoughts and we accept that and no-one gets offended. Can I be 6 again!
Wilf
9th Dec 2014
3
Thanks for voting!
I think its a good thing as nobody should hurt others feelings but it has gone a bit crazy. I heard the other day that my elderly aunt had to ask to go to the loo as the carers are not allowed to ask her if she would like to go as its insulting to her and not correct??
Baxi
9th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
This is a tough one. I think political correctness started with real good intentions ... but it has gone too far. When teachers are obliged to report any racist or supposedly inappropriate comments made by children in school you do wonder if we're living in George Orwell's world!

I've just got back from a holiday in America and my friend got a decidedly cross look from the waitress when she asked for a "white coffee"!!!

Whilst I think it's important to respect people's beliefs and views and I don't believe in biggotry or the world of Alf Garnet, I think we should be able to say what we think without fear of being criticised for every sentence.
balticbound
9th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
Politicians seek to (keep under) control more and more of our lives. Laudable in some cases but they seem to forget, conveniently, that these standards etc apply equally to them.
briane
9th Dec 2014
4
Thanks for voting!
My view is obviously in line with others and as such be dicounted easily by big brother, but I do firmly believe in being Politically incorrect, and to practise that as long as possibly can in my (?) few remaining years. Personally I believe in the rights of all religions to their rites and beliefs ,so we should be left to our own devices and practises.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Speakers Corner

Do you boil your Brussels? Cleaned brussel sprouts on a wooden cutting board with exterior leaves and a knife.
Brussels sprouts are a Christmas dinner must have but not to everyone likes them. You'll be...
Real or Artificial - What kind of Christmas tree will you have? Fresh cut Christmas trees
Each Christmas there is a ‘debate’ over real versus artificial Christmas trees. The...
Do you agree with Cryogenic Preservation? Excess smoky nitrogen gas discharge during filling of a liquid nitrogen dewar.
This week it was announced that a very brave 14 year old girl who had terminal cancer had won...
Should shops remain closed on Boxing Day? Boxing Day Sale cinnamon star on green wood concept.
A petition calling for a ban on shops opening on Boxing Day has attracted close to 194,000...
Will you be sending Christmas cards this year? Bracknell, England - October 28th, 2014: Vintage style Christmas cards. Modern cards originated from a printing in 1843 instigated by Sir Henry Cole, director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum.
The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He was a...
Do you still use cheques as payment? Signing a blank cheque with a fountain pen
** Note: Shallow depth of field
Cheques books have been used in the UK for over 350 years but they are now on the decline. In...
Are you surprised that Donald Trump won? Saint Louis, MO, USA - March 11, 2016: Donald Trump addresses supporters at the Peabody Opera House in Downtown Saint Louis
After months of campaigning, debating, mud slinging and scandals, the Americans have voted and...
Do you mind the gap? toblerone
The makers of Toblerone, Mondelez, have taken the decision to widen the gaps between the...
Should Nigel Farage be ennobled in the House of Lords? LONDON, UK - MAY 1, 2016: Nigel Farage seen arriving at the BBC to attend the Andrew Marr show
There are calls for Nigel Farage to be made a Lord and take his place as a peer in the upper...
Should the FA defy the poppy ban? poppy
England are due to host Scotland at a World Cup qualifying match at Wembley on November 11 ...
Who would you trust more to be the next US President? LONDON UK - MARCH 3RD 2016: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pin badges over the American flag symbolizing their battle to become the next President of the United States 3rd March 2016.
With the latest results today from ABC/Washington Post tracking poll, now showing Donald Trump...
Should the UK have a complete ban on selling Ivory products? ivoryburn2 900x600
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, chef come wildlife campaigner, has been looking into the shocking...
Do you think Princess Beatrice and Eugenie should be given royal duties? London UK - June 17 2006: Princess Eugenie (left) and Princess Beatrice seating on the Royal Coach at Trooping the colour ceremony also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade
** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes
It was revealed in the sunday papers that there is a nasty feud brewing between Prince Charles and...
Do you rake or vacuum? Yorkshire Dog on the autumn leaves blur
Autumn is in full swing, and the leaves are rapidly changing from luscious shades of green, to a...
Where do you think the extra runway should be built - Heathrow or Gatwick? Airplane touch down on runway during sunset
Since the 1970s various UK governments have been debating how to expand the UKs potential to...
Are the Government right to do a Pension U-turn? bigstock-Pensions-11274911
The government has done a huge U-turn on Pensions and scrapped the rights of 5 million pensioners...
Do city zoos still have a place in a modern society? gorilla in zoo
Last week’s incident at London Zoo, in which a male silverback gorilla escaped his enclosure...
Are hospital trusts cashing in on the sick? Ticket machine at the exit of a car park
Patients in England are being penalised with increasing parking charges with 30% of hospital...