Mad world 29/7/2012
By any stretch, Tim Flannery’s infamous claims from 2007 that Australia would never see heavy rain again, due to manmade global warming, were delusional. Crazy. Nutty, even. Such assertions at that time indicated a definitely weird form of self-regard.
Likewise, Greens policies that would send the nation bankrupt and make a cave a desirable residence, are truly the stuff of the loony left. Of the stark, raving kind.
But when it comes to insanity in public policy, it takes a special type of Stalinist derangement to want to ban certain language because it might give some precious luvvies the vapours.
In a letter to regulatory authorities obtained by The Sunday Age, headspace chief executive Chris Tanti said that while it was no longer considered appropriate to use the words ”retarded” or ”gay” as pejorative terms, it is still deemed acceptable to accuse public figures of being ”nuts”, ”bonkers” or ”crazy”. He called for enforceable codes of practice to sanction media outlets for using such language.
Is this a variation of what Polonius said of Hamlet: Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t?
Seeing the bard’s works are riddled with references to insanity, would he qualify for the language police’s hit list?
We can hope only hope that in the case of latter day Stasi speech squads, it will be a case of “Someone’s coming to take (them) away, away…”