If only Austin Mitchell had called Pfizer ‘racists’

15 May 2014

2:25 PM

15 May 2014

2:25 PM

I see the veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell is in trouble for having used the word rape in a ‘deeply offensive’ context. He had castigated the government for having failed to prevent Pfizer’s attempted acquisition of AstraZeneca, and added: ‘Roll up rapists.’ The woman who described Mitchell’s use of the word as ‘deeply offensive’ was the Wimmin’s Minister, Nicky Morgan. Presumably one can use the word rape only about the sexual violation, by force, of a woman. And that further, all such violations are equally abhorrent. All other uses for the word, which you will find in your dictionary – such as ‘pillage’ or ‘plunder’ are henceforth banned. Presumably this also stretches to oil seed rape, which will be henceforth known as oil seed non-consensual intercourse, and the stuff left over from wine-making. I don’t know what we should call that – perhaps we should invent a new word.

Poor old Austin should have said ‘roll up racists’, of course; if you can call someone a racist, even a multinational entity such as Pfizer, you are immediately in the right and no one can tell you off for anything.

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  • Liz

    Another journalist who doesn’t know the difference between the words, “rape” and the one actually used, “rapists”. The latter has a much later provenance, it was coined after World War Two and has always been used in the context of sexual assault.

    The words “roll up” have always been used in the context of circuses.

    Therefore completely inappropriate for an industrial take over.

  • davidhill

    Pfizer will not table another bid for AstraZeneca until after the European and local elections because it would mean that Cameron would have to come out of the closet. Make no bones about it Cameron will have told them in no uncertain terms through his connections that they cannot behind the scenes. That of course so that he can support their bid once it has been launched and he has probably given this commitment for their present silence on an increased offer. But this should not surprise any intelligent person as all these pharmaceutical giants are corrupt organizations according to the out of court settlements that they have all made for criminal activities over the last 5 years alone. History cannot lie but they can it appears –

    Global Pharmaceutical Giants have made Criminal Activity and the Fines a part
    of their Drug Costs

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  • Cornelius Bonkers

    OK, but Mitchell is, well, a tw.t which is “unhelpful”. Having said that I’m deeply “disappointed” with him and suggest he be sent away for “linguistic awareness scenario” training.

  • Simon Fay

    Hashtag-prefaced kit-off-but-earnest-looking selfie campaign ahoy.

  • sunnydayrider

    Before anyone gets in a lather about the old fart, just remember he’s round the twist and has been for donkey’s years. Which tells you everything about the voters of Grimsby who seem, for some reason known only to themselves, keep re-electing him. Still they’re well suited, a run down MP for a run down town, from which I escaped many years ago, thank God.

  • FrenchNewsonlin

    “I’ve got a little list of words which may be missed , I’ll put IT on the list”

  • Eyesee

    Mildly amusing to see a Leftie being castigated over use of language, the re-assignment of the meaning of words being a key weapon in the march to power of course. Slightly less amusing that a Conservative is doing the complaining. It would be great if she was just beating the Left with a stick of their own making, but I get the impression she is sincere. She does seem stupid enough. Just another example of how important points scoring is, above anything so mundane as real political issues and the good of the country.

  • DougS

    A black American actor on the ‘This Week’ TV programme last night, while discussing the ‘N’ word, threw into the conversation that we’d got rid of the ‘K’ word. I was hoping that someone on the programme would enlighten me but alas not.

    I Googled it this morning and found that it was a derogatory term for a Jewish person, apparently originating in the U.S. A.

    I can honestly say that I’ve never seen it written or heard it mentioned once in my entire life.

    The word may have been common in the U.S. but not, I think, in the UK………unless of course someone knows otherwise!

  • gelert

    Rapeseed oil has been known as Canola in Canada since the 1970s to avoid the unpleasant connotations of rape. It fits with the nicey-nicey image that Canadians like to project of themselves.

  • Gwangi

    Didn’t you know, Rod? Being offended is now our national sport.

    The slimy little toad of a word ‘inappropriate’ is usually used to shut up anyone with a sense of humour or who uses words in the English language to full effect.

    I find those who want to ban words (i.e. stupid and/or pompous people who want the power and autocracy to silence anyone not like them) deeply offensive.

    Like Herr Oppenwaffler General Harriet Harman, who says anyone who uses the N word should be sacked immediately, no matter what context it’s used in. HH clearly has not studied anything beyond her own pompous vanity; if she had she would know, like the thickiest thicko first year on a media studies degree course at the university of the M25 that the meaning of words is entirely dependent on the context in which they are used.

    So the N word would have a different meaning if used in a court of law to present evidence; in a drama; in a comic situation; or when used against a black person by a skinhead.

    Funnily enough, I watched the DVD of 12 years a Slave yesterday. Lots of N words here, Ms H. But none of the abuse the feminasties regularly fling at men though…

  • Picquet

    A larger problem is the fact that anything ‘perceived’ to be racist automatically becomes so under law. Some time ago I had a laptop stolen from my room in a ground-floor flat; the hand that came in through the window was black, and so after all the Police action (which was very prompt and thorough) I was advised to complain that it had been a race-related crime, thereby getting priority in investigation (which seems to me to be very wrong). I did so.
    Didn’t make any bloody difference.

  • David L Rattigan

    He didn’t use the word “rape,” though, did he? He used the word “rapist.” Similar but, arguably, incredibly different.

  • Lungfish66

    When I was 13 I met Rolf Harris in;label=New_English%20EN%20GBIE_5226314545-RnYQj%2AqnIkYg15Re%2ASD5mg;sid=c89e4a1aab2a3b7747824db1990f1a7d;dcid=4;dest_id=-2588610;dest_type=city;highlighted_hotels=347573 but he did not grope my sister. So some weird freak comes out of the woodwork and cries wolf twenty five years later. I don’t buy it. He used to have a wandering hand problem, so what? Lets persecute an 83 year old bloke. Its despicable.

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  • Geoff

    Ms Morgan is a bit fit though. Well I think so.

  • Martin Jennerson

    Why be reasonable and forgiving with Labour MPs and left-wingers when they are strung up by the same Political Correctness as they use to attack others? The only way they’ll get the message about how tedious it is is if they are also affected by it.

  • peter

    What happened to: I might disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it?

  • Colin

    There was a General in the Army called Tony Raper. Should he change his name ?

    • Geoff

      Yeah. Nigel Raper

  • artemis in france

    Brilliant , Rod, especially the last bit.

    • Lungfish66

      I’ll read it when I can find my bloody glasses

  • Katabasis

    Have to agree with Mike Barnes – Austin is now having to eat exactly
    what the Labour Party ordered as we’re now under constant surveillance
    from political proctologists searching for the slightest hint of
    WrongThink or WrongSpeak in our written words and spoken utterances.

    of the most spectacular examples recently has been the SNP activist
    accused of “racism” for referring to Cameron as an “English Tw*t”. This
    is despite the fact that they are of the same ethnicity.

    It seems
    the March through the Institutions is complete and language is just a
    weapon or a nettle to be grasped, not a tool for communicating anything

    • gelert

      “Political proctologists”. Must remember that 😉

  • Mike Barnes

    He’s a Labour MP so he deserves to have hundreds of shrieking wimmen banging on at him. His party inflicted that on so much of the public sector.

    Send him to equality and diversity training at once.

    • Shazza

      Yup. It was the Loony Left that introduced all this PC business and the manipulation of language – oh the irony when it comes back to bite them on b**.
      It’s made my day!

      • Geoff

        Bum Shazza … Bum

        • Shazza

          Are we allowed Geoff? The thought police, you know ……….all sorts of accusations, use your imagination …..

        • Roisin

          You shouldn’t use that word; it’s offensive to homeless people.

  • Raw England

    I now see the words ‘racist’ or ‘racism’ written at least 150 times a day.

    It is a constant, deranged, phycotic chant.

    I’m not joking when I say that, if I had the power, I’d have anyone who called a native British person racist deported as a matter of policy.

    • Cornelius Bonkers

      Mmmm! Everyone? Sorry, you’re as bad as the PC brigade by the sound of it. Surely the point is that there ARE some racists but not so many as they seem to think – ooops, I’m sitting on one; Oh! it’s that Muslim bloke who wants all those pig-Jews slaughtered like, er, pigs!

  • Inverted Meniscus

    All those farmers growing Rapeseed are up s*** creek then.

  • Astrid Hill

    It is ridiculous. On this basis, presumably I can no longer accuse someone of ‘murdering a song’ or ‘abusing their position’. The other day I used the word black to describe the colour of something and my young son got very worried that I had said something racist. I had to explain to him that it is perfectly acceptable to use the word black to describe something if it is black in colour! We are all tripping over words instead of seeing the sentiment and our freedom of speech is being strangled, though I’m probably not allowed to say that.

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