Being politically correct is essentially for politicians. The entire reason behind it was to simply get votes. Whether it be the souring global economy, or just saying enough is enough, at least one politician is now more than willing to say stuff it where the sun never shines if you don’t like it.
Political correctness will no doubt weaken as the economy heads further south. When it comes to putting food on the table for you and your family, being politically correct does not even come in the top 10 of things you need to do to insure that. With a little luck, this story below will be the first of many we will salute at Connecting the Dots.
David Taylor, a churchgoing grandfather in his 70s, put the 2009 Sun Page Three calendar on display in the room he shares with four other male Tory councillors at Nottinghamshire County Council.
Mr Taylor describes himself on his website as “an active opponent of political correctness”, and colleagues say he wanted to “cock a snoop to authority”.
But rival groups in the Labour-run Nottinghamshire County Council said that the pictures were potentially offensive and called for them to be removed.
Council leader David Kirkham said: “I think there are better ways of making a stand against political correctness than sticking a Page Three calendar on your office wall.
“It’s inappropriate for someone in his position. It’s a public area in the sense that staff go in there and people go in there to deliver mail.”
Tory group leader Kay Cutts said that she fully supported Mr Taylor’s stance. “The calendar is in a private room and is taken down whenever Mr Taylor is out,” she said.
Mrs Cutts said there had been no complaints from other councillors or staff about the calendar, which was spotted from a corridor by a visitor to the Conservative wing of the council headquarters in West Bridgford. The corridor is accessible to the public only by invitation.
“My colleague is trying to make a stand against the PC brigade. He remembers the time when Britain was a free country and we could say and think what we liked,” she said.
“Nowadays we are told what to do, what to eat, what to look at and he just wanted to cock a snoop to authority.
“He is a thoroughly nice man, an excellent local councillor and a churchgoing Christian.”
She added: “I am personally not offended by the Sun calendar. I had one of the Young Farmers in my office and no-one commented on that.”
Mr Taylor, who has been a local councillor for 10 years, was away on holiday yesterday but told a local newspaper: “It is to have a go at political correctness. It is to make a political point.”
The councillor for Beauvale, a chartered public finance accountant who completed national service in the Korean War, added: “I think people are entitled to have what they want in their own office.”
A Nottinghamshire County Council spokesman said that any complaints from other employees would be investigated. “Members and staff are signed up to a Code of Conduct and there’s a general obligation there to treat others with respect.
“We are not aware that any complaints have been made but any that are would be dealt with appropriately.”