The first speaker in 2013 was Philip Davies our local MP. It has become customary for Mr Davies to come and speak to us at this time of year on a topic on which he has been closely connected during the past year. Whereas twelve months ago he spoke about The Criminal Justice System, this year the subject was “Political Correctness”. He has been a member of the Select Committee for Culture, Media And Sports since 2006 and more specifically and recently Parliamentary Spokesman for the “Campaign against Political Correctness” . He illustrated with amusing anecdotes some of the problems created by overreaction to the agenda of being politically correct. Taking us through the year month by month, he used long standing historical events such as Valentines Day, St Georges Day, Fathers Day and Christmas to show the absurdity of where following the “politically correct” path was leading us. During his investigations he could find little or no evidence of any minority groups being adversely affected by these issues.
There followed a lengthy question and answer session on a variety of subjects , not all relating to politics, lasting about forty-five minutes.
At our next meeting on Wednesday January 16th, Paul Gosling will be giving a talk on ” Mariners Tales”.