WHY do local councils, or in this case, a council-funded charity , still walk into this kind of bear trap?
What’s interesting about this piece though, is that there’s a certain ambiguity about The Telegraph’s coverage – similar to this piece yesterday. According to one of my correspondents, Bournemouth deny the accuracy of the story, so I would be a bit cautious regarding the veracity of this one.
What’s also a bit suspect is that The Telegraph quotes two separate spokesmen from Oxford Inspired; is this because the first one wasn’t prepared to confirm that the nauseatingly-titled “Winter Lights Festival” is all about inclusion?
However, if it is true, and today’s helping of “political correctness gone mad” turns out to be well-sourced, it is pretty pathetic. Even if some white, middle class sociologist type has come up with the idea, wasn’t there anyone in Oxford who had the political nous* to say “Don’t be silly”? After all, we all know there are plenty out there – especially in the blogosphere – only too willing to jump up and down, pulling their hair out and screaming their heads off at the first sign of this kind of nonsense (you know who you are).
* So not Evan Harris, then.