March 18th, 2010

More Bollocks…

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

…in the form of Kent Police’s Political Correctness (or do they call it ‘Diversity’?) Department who have upgraded their list of words & phrases police officers should no longer use.

The latest guidance to Kent Police’s 7,000 staff is that they should no longer ask for people’s Christian name in case it offends people who aren’t Christian. They are now told to ask for someone’s ‘personal name’ or ‘family name’. They are also being told not to use phrases like ‘my dear’ or ‘love’ when addressing women in case it causes embarassment or offence. Also being banned is comforting someone by putting an arm around them which they cite as being ‘unprofessional’. Presumably, it’s more professional just to keep your distance & do or say nothing when you’re showing a mother the body of their dead child in the mortuary, for instance.

I’m a non-Christian and would not give the the most fleeting of second thoughts at anyone asking for my Christian name. I really do wonder whether there has been a big outcry from people offended at being asked their Christian name. I suspect it’s more to do with the current trend for people to sit in an office somewhere in a small focus group, made up of people who are just out of touch with society, whose job it is to come up with ideas that they think might offend people, and then put a stop to it, just in case.

If someone asked me what my ‘personal’ name was I would wonder what the hell they were talking about as all my names are personal to me, “which one to do you want?”

What a total load of bollocks.

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  1. boy on a bike says:

    “personal” name? What twat thought that up?

    March 19th, 2010 at 09:40

  2. Tom Gane says:

    Brilliant. I live in this force area, and find myself gnashing my teeth because this diversity nonsense appears to know no bounds.

    Like 200, I am not christian. I can however understand the difference between surname, and christian name. This personal name business would be confusing, and an absolute waste of time.

    I detest the fact that some burk -in a pointless attempt to preserve my jewish dignity- has brought upon themselves the mantle of ethnic protector entirely without my knowledge or endorsement.

    Bollocks. And if my granddaughter ever needs a police officer for succour or comfort, I would hope the officer will gladly care for her without cause to fear that the caring actions of an adult could be misconstrued by the senior members of the service.


    March 19th, 2010 at 09:57

  3. Sergeant Twining says:

    I agree, a load of cobblers………Not your post, this PC thingy…..

    March 19th, 2010 at 13:43

  4. Been there says:

    Another one to add to the list. A few weeks ago I was given a mild bollocking, or “advice” as they now call it, for using the term “getting down to the nitty gritty”
    Apparently, according to the politically correct brigade, this has some connection with slave ships and may offend someone who is a descended from slaves.
    For once words failed me!

    March 19th, 2010 at 15:34

  5. rafanon says:

    What a load of arse. I also agree with Tom, if one of my kids needed comfort and it wasn’t forthcoming from a policeman, ambulance man, fireman, teacher, or anyone in a position of responsibility then they’d better look out cos I’m not small, stupid or insensitive and i’d be finding out why.


    March 19th, 2010 at 15:47

  6. Tony F says:

    As a none christian myself, I am not bothered if I am asked for my christian name. It makes no odds, unless you really want to be obtuse.

    I shall, of course, change my christian name daily…

    March 19th, 2010 at 16:30

  7. Bill in Canada says:

    This sort of “Political Correctness” is what is bringing Britain to it’s knees.

    The more you give, the more ethnic minorities will take, and there is NO end in sight.

    A sad state of affairs indeed.

    March 19th, 2010 at 19:48

  8. A Right Animal says:

    I just ask for ‘first name’ and ‘last name’ (or surname) when dealing with MOP in my job. It’s all that’s required.

    We, too, receive regular edicts from interfering morons in non-jobs thinking up similar guff.

    The only way to cope with it is to ignore what you can, and mercilessly slag off what you can’t. We have a good laugh making up our own.

    March 19th, 2010 at 21:18

  9. Ambulance Amateur says:

    In what I do, I first ask “What can I call you?” That prevents any embarrassment or mispronunciation. Later I’ll ask for first name and surname. However, it wouldn’t phase me if I was asked for my Christian name.

    Been there; “nitty gritty” predates the slave ships by about 150-200 years!

    March 19th, 2010 at 21:32

  10. Hogday says:

    Does the Kent diversities department have any advice on how not to offend someone from the growing band of folks who have adopted the lifestyle, language and beliefs of the Klingons? Sadly,after reading this post, I would not be in the least surprised if they have.

    March 20th, 2010 at 11:49

  11. Met BlackRat says:

    45 paydays before I can leave this fucking zoo. New force policy recently introduced. I am now told what to wear throughout the year and can only take my tie off with the permission of a supervising officer. I can’t remember having the arse-wiping course so there’s another training need………….Oh to join the real world.

    March 20th, 2010 at 17:49

  12. Cogidubnus says:

    You’re quite right…and if anyone asked me for my family name I’d honestly think they were after my surname….oh sorry, that’s sexist … sur or modom name?

    March 20th, 2010 at 21:06

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