Commonwealth Day 2007
The theme this year is ‘Respecting Difference, Promoting Understanding.’
The Commonwealth consists of 53 nations, some 2 billion people, sharing common values such as democracy, good governance and advancing the cause of peace and prosperity. Whilst respecting differences, the Commonwealth works to promote international understanding, equality and mutual respect in a multicultural world.
Some weeks ago on a mindless reality tv show an ‘Essex Girl’ called a young lady from India a ‘Pompadom Queen’ this so enraged some 40,000 viewers, who regarded this comment as ‘racist’. In fact a small protest was organised in down town bombay – whoops, Mumbai, accusing the show and this country of being racist bigots.
I for one could only curl up and laugh. This mob in the sub continent seems to forget that they accept as normal when a 12 year old girl can be forced into an arranged marriage. That 140,000,000, [140 million] are treated less that slaves and are exploited by the rest of the population – they are the ‘Untouchables’ – [An Indian description not mine]. That children as young as 6 or 7 can be enslaved to work in factories and mines. I am sick of political correctness that seeks to divide rather than bring together the peoples of the world. I see absolutely nothing wrong with ‘Poppadom Queen’ or for instance, ‘Pie Eaters’ [ Inhabitants of Wigan], ‘Scousers’ [Liverpudlian]. Are we to stop calling red headed folk, ‘Ginger’? Am I to be deprirved of all those ‘Blonde jokes’?
It is about time all these people with large chips on their shoulders lightened the burden and got to grips with the real ‘enemy.’ The chaos in Sudan is nothing compared to that in other countries. Last week the United Nations and the Commenwealth celebrated the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s independance, a landmark in that continent, but how can I have any respect for African politics when a maniac is allowed to destroy the people and the country of Zimbabwe?
Red nose day is nt helping the children in that country!!!! On a month-on-month basis inflation jumped by 45.4%, compared to the 36.3% rise seen in December. The country has been hit by an unemployment rate of more than 80% and chronic shortages of food and fuel. Don’t blame the colonialists, blame robert mugabe.
‘Respecting Difference, Promoting Understanding.’ but also do something positive to end oppression.