Am I losing my marbles or has twenty first century society lost the plot? Would you believe that a planned re-enactment of the D Day landings in Devon has been cancelled on the grounds of health and safety.
It was scheduled to take place on Saunton Sands and the dunes at Braunton Burrows, where ten thousand troops trained for Operation Overlord in 1944. However after a full risk assessment, the site has been declared ‘downright dangerous.’ Organisers and council officials blame ‘blown sand’ and ‘surface water.’ What else do they expect on a beach I wonder?’
A convoy of military vehicles, including Sherman tanks, Jeeps and half-tracks, has also been scaled back because of the Covid pandemic. I suppose that with the current restrictions on getting too close to each other, there might be a glimmer of logic in there somewhere but it is only a tiny glimmer.
During the war, this part of the North Devon coast was chosen for invasion preparations because of its similarity to Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy. Blown sand and surface water were the least of their problems.
I cannot help wondering what might have happened if the military had attempted the D-Day landings under modern health and safety restrictions but I think we now have the answer to that.
In London meanwhile, a train operator has come under fire after it apologised over a complaint from a ‘non-binary’ passenger because the conductor greeted customers by saying ‘good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.’
London North Eastern Railway said in response to the complaint on the dreaded Twitter that ‘train managers should not be using language like this’ before promising to take action.
The non-binary passenger, who goes by the Twitter name Laurence and uses the pronouns they and them also states that he – I am not going to use idiotic pronouns – represents the Rail, Maritime and Transport trade union – God help them and all their members.
In his complaint, Laurence the Twonk stated: ‘”Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls…” so as a non binary person this announcement doesn’t actually apply to me so I won’t listen @LNER.’
That heinous threat obviously frightened a company spokesman into responding with ‘I’m really sorry to see this, Laurence, our train managers should not be using language like this, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention.
‘Please could you let me know which service you are on and I will ensure they remain as inclusive as we strive to be at LNER.’
The exchange sparked a fierce debate over whether ‘language like this’ should be banned by companies.
A colleague who was with Laurence at the time and is also believed to be a rail worker defended the complaint.
Jarley wrote: ‘Both Laurence and I were customers of the railway – being rail staff does not absolve an operator from the duty of care or responsibility to be inclusive.
‘I was sat with Laurence when this tweet was sent. Both of us are non-binary and we were both alarmed and uncomfortable by the lack of inclusion.’
I am not sure whether Jarley is or was male or female, but how long can this mass idiocy continue before the general public has had enough. There was absolutely nothing wrong with that friendly greeting and I am sure it was appreciated by the passengers.
A spokesman for the company confirmed that no action was taken against the member of staff who used the greeting. I should think not dammit. Politeness and friendly greetings seem to be going out of fashion and I would certainly have felt better for a cheerful conductor.
In their statement, the company added: ‘We are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do for our customers, colleagues and communities, and encourage our onboard teams to welcome all customers onboard.
‘Our policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and we will review if any further changes need to be made.’
Up in Scotland, lawyer Aamer Anwar said that it was a ‘proud moment’ for him to be able to tell two asylum seekers who were being deported they were free after chaotic scenes outside a van in which they were being transported.
Huge crowds cheered and applauded yesterday when the two Indian men, initially detained by Border Force officials, were eventually released by police following a stand-off with hundreds of protesters.
Border force officials had arrested the two individuals as suspected illegal immigrants but local people surrounded the enforcement vehicle with some sitting on the road in front of it, and one even laying underneath it, as part of a demonstration against an earlier immigration raid.
Campaigners hailed their release as a victory for Glaswegian solidarity and insisted officials had ‘messed with the wrong city.’
Basically this abject surrender to the crowd by paid officials and the police means that public opinion is more important than the rule of law and that must inevitably lead to anarchy.
Bunter J’s hapless government continues to insist that it is doing all it can to tackle illegal immigration but when officials try to do their job, this sort of nonsense takes place and the authorities meekly climb down. My worry is that incidents like this are becoming ever more frequent and Priti Patel’s efforts to sort things out are being hampered by the politicall correct mob.
A subsequent police statement said that Superintendent Mark Sutherland had decided to release the detained men ‘in order to protect the safety, public health and wellbeing of those involved in the detention and subsequent protest.’ Do your job Superintendent. Uphold the ruddy law as coppers used to.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was ‘deeply concerned’ about the incident ‘in the heart of a community celebrating Eid,’ but what does a religious festival have to do with upholding the rule of law?
Ms Sturgeon, who was sworn in on Thursday as MSP for Glasgow Southside, added: ‘My office is making urgent enquiries and stands ready to offer any necessary assistance to those detained.’
So having made fools out of officials legally doing their job, the Poison Dwarf is going to help the two accused men. How can this be justified dammit?
Let’s just stay in Scotland for a while and explore another instance of politically correct insanity. Lisa Keogh, a twenty-nine year old law student at Abertay University in Dundee was reported to university chiefs by her classmates for saying that women were born with female genitalia and are not as physically strong as men. For this completely factual statement, she is now facing a formal investigation by the university for ‘offensive and discriminatory comments.’
The mother-of-two said she had been taking part in a video seminar about gender feminism and the law when she raised concerns about trans women taking part in mixed martial arts.
After telling her classmates that a women who has had testosterone in her body for thirty two years would be genetically stronger than the average woman, the mature student was accused of calling women the ‘weaker sex. ‘
‘I thought it was a joke.’ Ms Keogh commented. ‘I thought there was no way that the university would pursue me for utilising my legal right to freedom of speech. I was not being mean, transphobic or offensive. I was stating a basic biological fact.’
The incident comes just a year after economics lecturer Dr Eva Poen was accused of transphobia by feminist and LGBT students over a tweet in which she said ‘only female people menstruate.’
Furious undergraduates at the University of Exeter condemned the lecturer accusing her of ‘openly singling out trans people’ in the posts.
The row erupted when Dr Poen responded to a tweet by a Twitter user which read: ‘Not everyone who menstruates is female. Not everyone who is female menstruates. Let’s shift our language.’
Dr Poen, who strongly denied accusations of transphobia, wrote back: ‘Only female people menstruate. Only female people go through menopause.’
She was perfectly correct but the PC fanatics cannot bear to listen to fact.
In 2018, student lecturer Angelos Sofocleous, who was assistant editor at Durham University’s philosophy journal ‘Critique’ was fired in a transphobia row after he tweeted that ‘women don’t have penises.’
Mr Sofocleous was sacked from his post after just three days for writing a tweet deemed ‘transphobic’ by fellow students.
The student lecturer re-tweeted an article by The Spectator on his Twitter titled ‘Is it a crime to say women don’t have penises?’ with the comment: ‘RT if women don’t have penises.’
I am not sure what he meant by RT but how long can this collective madness go on? Is the human race determined to wipe itself out or is there something in the atmosphere that is driving everyone insane?