I have just read a couple of pieces on Blogs I follow both A.E.Brain and Jenny at Large Booming Flower have picked up on an article in today on line version of The Guardian / The Observer. Now in general I am not a campaigner, I will get cross and mutter darkly over a pint in the saloon bar, but I will rarely take action, on this occasion I think I will and I encourage you to do the same.
The sad thing is that in many ways I agree with much of what Julie Burchill is trying to say, those strident campaigners who can't see beyond their own self interests and campaign in "my name" annoy me intensely, whether it be transgender campaigners complaining about a joke because they misunderstood the target, Christian activists campaigning against "Gay Bishops" or worse Women Bishops, or Socialists campaigning to make private schools illegal, they all claim my allegiance, but none of them have it. The thing about the silent majority is just that, most of the time we are silent and allow the strident to hog the soap box. However of of that is no excuse for the language used in this opinion piece. On this occasion I will not be silent, I will complain to the PCC (after all it is still all we have) and if enough of us do that then maybe in future writers will be more circumspect in their choice of language.