I’m not entirely sure what’s newsworthy about a group of guys having nicknames for each other as The News of the World reports that Prince Harry called one of his fellow cadets a ‘paki’. Apart from the fact that the story is years old so hardly ‘news’ and The News of the World is hardly without blemish itself, this simply is not interesting.
In his position as a member of the Royal Family, so the mindless ones say, one should be more of aware of, and more sensitive to, these issues. True, but we don’t want to have to have every single word we utter subjected to a political correctness check before we get permitted to utter. And with that comes the possibility of – shock, horror – an error of judgment!
In a World increasing sullied by the hysterical rants of those pea-brained muppets in the Politically Correct Ministry the real tragedies of life struggle for exposure. So, unless Jock tells me he doesn’t like being called Jock then Jock he is; and I don’t really expect Bruce is going to stop calling me ‘pom’ but the PC brigade will have us believe this somehow prevents social integration. Crap. Different cultures don’t integrate because they don’t understand each other and probably don’t want to integrate but that doesn’t mean there can’t be mutual respect. After all, we will never understand the French love of snails nor will they understand why roast beef has to be in an oven for a ruinous period of time before we ‘ros-bifs’ deem it edible. This is a culture only a few miles away so what chance for one thousands of miles away?
Young men in groups, working together for long periods such as the military, tend to give one another nicknames. Sometimes these sound derogatory but rarely are. It’s been like this since before records began and the combined efforts of the PC brigade and the media are not going to stop it. Why? Because it’s none of their damn business; it’s not illegal and the people getting the nicknames don’t seem to be complaining. If you’re such a sensitive soul that being called Jock, Yank, Brit, Pom or even Paki is offensive I guess you’re not going to be much bloody use in Afghanistan where lavender water and soft toilet tissue could be in pretty short supply.
My sympathies to Prince Harry and I hope someone gets the bastard who nicked the video…