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Help for Heroes event "offensive to ethnic minorities"

The matter has been corrected now and an apology has been issued but this story in today's Pompey News may still send your outrage meter off the scale (link):

Cheers! Council cash veto over Portsmouth event for heroes is overturned

22 July 2008
By Ruth Scammell

A man who was organising a charity event for war heroes was told he couldn't have a council grant because it might offend ethnic minorities. Richard Chamberlain was arranging a fun day to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity for wounded soldiers. But after applying to Portsmouth City Council for a £500 grant for the event, he was told the council could not give him the cash in case it offended ethnic minority groups. Only after The News stepped in did the council back down and grant the money. Officials apologised to Mr Chamberlain and put the refusal down to an error of judgment. The refusal letter sent to Mr Chamberlain letter said, in part: 'The event could also cause offence to ethnic minority groups living in the community who may also have experience of injury/violence due to the war.' (more...)
 

PINCH

War Hero
Naval_Gazer said:
The matter has been corrected now and an apology has been issued but this story in today's Pompey News may still send your outrage meter off the scale (link):

Cheers! Council cash veto over Portsmouth event for heroes is overturned

22 July 2008
By Ruth Scammell

A man who was organising a charity event for war heroes was told he couldn't have a council grant because it might offend ethnic minorities. Richard Chamberlain was arranging a fun day to raise money for Help for Heroes, a charity for wounded soldiers. But after applying to Portsmouth City Council for a £500 grant for the event, he was told the council could not give him the cash in case it offended ethnic minority groups. Only after The News stepped in did the council back down and grant the money. Officials apologised to Mr Chamberlain and put the refusal down to an error of judgment. The refusal letter sent to Mr Chamberlain letter said, in part: 'The event could also cause offence to ethnic minority groups living in the community who may also have experience of injury/violence due to the war.' (more...)

Some one voted the Pr!cks in and can Vote them out. But I expect that those who should vote will stay at home on polling day.

Bunch of mental spastics... and before you get all PC on Me I use the term in its original context (characterized by hypertonia, or a high degree of muscle tightness.)
 

oberon

Lantern Swinger
"Officials apologised to Mr Chamberlain and put the refusal down to an error of judgment."

The statements says "Officials" not Councillors! The request may never have seen a Councillor as it was for a small sum, so a Public Official would have dealt with it. But its still outrageous!!!
 

NotmeChief

Banned
This is getting really stupid and now official bodies are using it as an excuse not to fork out some smarties cash.

What makes this stupid and an ill thought out excuse is - how many enraged Germans are there, are they complaining that it offends when we hold the annual 'Rememberance' services or having demonstrations at the numerous warmemorials?

No of course not - this is just plain stupidity and the want of an arguable excuse.
 

finknottle

Banned
Minority that's the key word here, here in my country we do what is right for the majority not the minority they need to assimilate to our culture or piss off back to their country of origin. Whoever made the original decision to refuse the £500 grant should be sacked and forced to wear a hair shirt for a year.
 

Pete_N

Badgeman
DEMOCRACY
n. pl. de·moc·ra·cies
1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
2. A political or social unit that has such a government.
The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
3. Majority rule.
4. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

Last time I checked, that was how we run our country. Sorry, how they run our country... I mean... wait... who runs this country again?
 
Pete_N said:
3. Majority rule.

Hitler was supported by the majority in the late 1930s. The sensible minority had no say. Democracy is about balancing power with responsibility. What is needed is legal (as against the impossible dream of social) equity.

Personally I think the police & courts should be abolished as they might upset the third of the British population that has sometime committed a crime. :twisted:
 

NotmeChief

Banned
thingy said:
Pete_N said:
3. Majority rule.


Personally I think the police & courts should be abolished as they might upset the third of the British population that has sometime committed a crime. :twisted:

In that vein then thingy, the tax office should be abolished as it upsets everyone.
 

chockhead819

War Hero
Does anyone think to ask the ethnic minorities who have served in the forces what they think? I had a very humbling experience this weekend with young lads of various origins who had lost limbs whilst serving in Afghanistan & Iraq.
 
I hope the organisers take sufficient care with the bouncy castle and have public liability insurance or it could make a significant dent in their funds (link). I deeply sympathise with the injured boy and his family but it's a real minefield out there. I count myself extremely lucky not to have experienced something similar at my own kids' birthday parties in the back garden, complete with bouncy castle. Come to think about it, would I have to be CRB-checked these days?:

Bouncy castle tragedy boy wins compensation

A judge today guaranteed a huge compensation payment - possibly £1million - for a boy who suffered brain damage when he was kicked in the head while playing on a bouncy castle...

Makes you think twice, doesn't it?
 

JamesH

Lantern Swinger
thingy said:
Pete_N said:
3. Majority rule.

Hitler was supported by the majority in the late 1930s. The sensible minority had no say. Democracy is about balancing power with responsibility. What is needed is legal (as against the impossible dream of social) equity.

Personally I think the police & courts should be abolished as they might upset the third of the British population that has sometime committed a crime. :twisted:

Hitler never won a free election with a majority.

<history teacher>In the presidential election held on March 13, 1932, there were four candidates: the incumbent, Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg, Hitler, and two minor candidates, Ernst Thaelmann and Theodore Duesterberg. The results were:

Hindenburg 49.6 percent
Hitler 30.1 percent
Thaelmann 13.2 percent
Duesterberg 6.8 percent

Since Hindenberg had not received a majority of the vote, however, a runoff election had to be held among the top three vote-getters. On April 19, 1932, the runoff results were:

Hindenburg 53.0 percent
Hitler 36.8 percent
Thaelmann 10.2 percent

Thus, even though Hitler’s vote total had risen, he still had been decisively rejected by the German people.

The July 31, 1932, election produced a major victory for Hitler’s National Socialist Party. The party won 230 seats in the Reichstag, making it Germany’s largest political party, but it still fell short of a majority in the 608-member body.

On the basis of that victory, Hitler demanded that President Hindenburg appoint him chancellor and place him in complete control of the state. Otto von Meissner, who worked for Hindenburg, later testified at Nuremberg,

Hindenburg replied that because of the tense situation he could not in good conscience risk transferring the power of government to a new party such as the National Socialists, which did not command a majority and which was intolerant, noisy and undisciplined.

Political deadlocks in the Reichstag soon brought a new election, this one in November 6, 1932. In that election, the Nazis lost two million votes and 34 seats. Thus, even though the National Socialist Party was still the largest political party, it had clearly lost ground among the voters.

Attempting to remedy the chaos and the deadlocks, Hindenburg fired Papen and appointed an army general named Kurt von Schleicher as the new German chancellor. Unable to secure a majority coalition in the Reichstag, however, Schleicher finally tendered his resignation to Hindenburg, 57 days after he had been appointed.

On January 30, 1933, President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler chancellor of Germany. Although the National Socialists never captured more than 37 percent of the national vote, and even though they still held a minority of cabinet posts and fewer than 50 percent of the seats in the Reichstag, Hitler and the Nazis set out to to consolidate their power. With Hitler as chancellor, that proved to be a fairly easy task. </history teacher>

Shades of recent UK elections.

The original decision stinks though.

James
 
thingy said:
Hitler was supported by the majority in the late 1930s.

You're right. I think that the Nazi Party took over by brute force with the support of an angry nation who thought they had had a raw deal from the Armistice. Not quite the same as snot gobbling local public servants who have ideas beyond their intellectual capacity. Although, on second thoughts, local public servants would lie down and let any PC prat take over. I need another glass of wine (Australian!)
 
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