THE FABIANS aren’t actually calling for the term ‘Chav’ to be banned, but Iain Dale is incensed at the suggestion that we should “tut” at those who use it.
At the risk of needlessly winding anyone up (as if!), I have some sympathy with him. For years there’s been some debate in Scotland about the use of our equivalent term, ‘ned’, which is seen by some as offensive. Yet when you use ‘ned’ to describe certain individuals, it’s immediately clear to whom you’re referring.
The Judean People’s Front, aka the Scottish Socialist Party, used to effect righteous indignation at the use by Labour of the term to describe the small minority of young people who could be described as anti-social. But no-one paid much attention to the SSP, including the neds.
On a more serious note, it’s surely useful to use an unflattering term to describe those whose behaviour is anti-social or destructive to their communities. And if they find it offensive, well maybe they should stop behaving like neds.