The EUSSR has decreed that sexist language and non verbal behaviour is to be outlawed and the Cameroid is going along with it like a willing lap dog, eager to please his masters in Brussels.
Salacious whistles and sexist comments may fall foul of new laws against sexual harassment to which Britain is signing up, the prime minister will announce on Thursday.
The pledge to criminalise “verbal, non-verbal or physical” sexual harassment is one of the commitments in the Council of Europe’s convention on violence against women, which David Cameron will commit to signing at a special event to mark International Women’s Day.
While it is true that such behaviour can be repugnant, clearly the law of unintended consequences is waiting, poised, ready to strike. How long before someone who calls a coworker “love” or “my dear”, “pet” or “ducks” will find themselves before the beak on harassment charges? Not long, I suspect.
Have we become so infantilised that polite behaviour has to be regulated? Regulated to such a minute degree that the banter that often passes between consenting adults is now outlawed? Oh, sure, I don’t doubt that the morass of new regulations are intended only to be applied to unwanted harassment. They will, however, be used to persecute the innocent who makes a thoughtless remark – and the police will absolutely have to investigate, because unlike robbery, burglary and assault, this is a real crime requiring immediate attention, and the thin skinned offence takers are queuing up in the wings awaiting their cue, such is the broad all-encompassing nature of the wording being used.
The reality is that unpleasant remarks can be dealt with without a law prohibiting them and the majority of us have no problem with someone using a familiar (sexist) term when addressing us. Otherwise I presume the coworker who referred to me as “love” the other day will be subject to tasering, arrest and a huge fine – if not life inside, given the heinousness of the offence. I’m offended, I tell you, offended. I feel all dirty and undermined.
“If you have 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law”
He’d be turning in his grave. So would George Orwell.