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When is a PC not PC?

By Peter Neville Lewis, Apr 10 2018 08:17AM

Q: When is a PC not PC?

A: When he is a member of a male voice choir apparently!

The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir has been told by the area Chief Constable that it must now accept WOMEN members or be disowned!!

YES – do read this again in case you didn’t get it first time round. Confused?

Hang on – there is a difference between the male and female voice or have I misunderstood all the operas I have attended over the years?

Maybe a good old fashioned bass singing Madame Butterfly is what I have been missing. And I never saw Maria Callas as Boris Godunov, intriguing as it might have been!

Oh dear...the world is tipping on its head and the history of creation and humanity is now being subsumed by gender neutrality.

So I suppose that’s the end for Gareth Malone’s Military Wives. Unless under our new legislation (same sex marriage constituting a new form of husband and wife) you could sneak in a male wife or two? Now, there’s a thought....

Crikey, how silly can you get?

On a more serious note look at what is happening in Norway, generally seen as the most gender equal nation in the world. Yet despite female quotas in business Norway does not rank high in the global league table.

Top is Latvia with 46% women managers and second is the US (you read this right!) with 43%.

Norway? Only 32%. Mmmm....

Denmark (with one of the largest welfare states in the world) comes in on 28%.

So forcing or legislating the PC model (in whatever form it may take) doesn’t seem to work quite as hoped for or intended.

Be careful what you wish for! Or we may have to ask Verdi to rewrite some of his most famous choruses.

Plod on!

Pedro the Jester

Apr 10 2018 04:57PM by Kevin Pharoah

I'm often struck by the Victorian standards of the WI; men are not allowed. Same with Radio 4's Women's Hour. I can't imagine either of these surviving if they 'MI' & 'Men's Hour'.

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Why The Corporate Jester?


Because there is always a need to “call it out”, point out the emperor’s clothes may not be quite so fancy as he thinks (or others are telling him) and boldly say what others dare not!


The role of court jester was well known centuries ago and they had the licence to attack pomposity or stupidity in their betters without fear of retribution. (Well nearly!) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have a fool who is the commentator on human foibles – the most famous probably being in King Lear, the architect of his own downfall through his wilfulness.  Familiar?


May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?  (Fool – King Lear, Act 1 scene 4)