Sour pusses 12/3/2013
Nick Cater sinks the slipper into humourless puritans who have far too much say in Australian society.
And lefties needn’t look the other way. They created these politically correct monsters.
Any form of colourful language is a potential own goal in contemporary public debate. Offence is actively sought, gratefully received, and used as ammunition to shame opponents into silence. The words of public figures are meticulously examined; every syllable is a potential excuse for righteous indignation. Scott Morrison is condemned as racist for using the demonstrative pronoun “these people”; Mark Butler is obliged to apologise for mentioning Benny and Rooty in the same sentence.
Politics has become a bland and humourless business in these cheerless, roxinated times. It is an offence not only to crack a joke, but to be in the proximity of the cracker. As The Australian reported in October: “Treasurer Wayne Swan admitted poor judgment yesterday for not objecting soon enough to an offensive joke.”