Leave it to the British to take the concept of political correctness to stupefying new heights.
The NHS, you know the organization that is so good at allowing their patients to die of thirst it deserved a special dance ode during the 2012 Olympics, has special equality and diversity guidelines for holiday parties that must be followed to the politically correct letter (we’re pretty sure that letter is F, but the staff is still waiting on confirmation).
Put together by the Head of the Equality and Diversity Team at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Barbara Harris (whom is paid about 54,000GBP a year for her brilliance), the holiday party guidelines serve as definite wet dream material for any Big Gov. statist on the payroll.
Alcohol is out as serving any type of Christmas cocktail would painfully exclude those under the legal drinking age, or those that do not consumer alcohol for religious, or diseases purposes.
All parties should be held earlier in the day so, “Women with caring responsibilities” will be able to attend. Hang on a second. Don’t men have care responsibilities, too?
If you were looking forward to tucking into some shellfish or shoving a few pigs in the blanket into your Prada, unfortunately the NHS has rules for the buffet table, too.
“You need to cater for the needs of everyone attending the event to avoid discrimination. Consider the religious and cultural requirements and possible adjustments for disabled employees.”
Thanks to Dr. Oz and the rest of the media, we’d all agree that celiac disease is by far the worst disability the populace faces today.
As with everything in life, it’s not all bad news for the British. There are still a few wranglers of common sense to found under the Union Jack.
Former Head of the Ministry of Funny Walks, John Cleese pointed out the obvious on Real Time with Bill Maher this last November.
After alluding to the curious fact that if someone threatens to kill you if you make a joke about them (as in the case of Islamists) you, “Tend to hold back a bit,” Cleese went onto say, “Make jokes about Swedes and Germans and French and English and Canadians and Americans, why can’t we make jokes about Mexicans? Is it, because they are so feeble that they can’t look after themselves? It’s very very condescending there.”