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So now authorities have to worry about upsetting young thugs, by calling them “YOUTHS”

It just gets crazier and more stupid with each passing day.
Oh btw ... children starting age 5 are to be instructed in school about good behavior. Not a bad thing in case parents missed that one.
Also ... boys are to be instructed that they should NEVER hit a girl.
You need school for that?  We were taught that at home but then, in my day before sex was invented and girls weren’t mean as many are today, it was a given.  We always tried to be on good behavior in front of girls. Or else we were making fools of ourselves by showing off. The girls funnily enough were never impressed.  Another funny thing about that long dead world.  Boys were not busy looking for their inner female, and girls were not trying to be boys.  I could go on but you get the idea.

Teen offenders are ‘young persons’ not ‘youths’… it might upset them, say ministers

By Steve Doughty, Social Affairs Correspondent
28th November 2009

It is not a word usually associated with causing offence, even when those referred to have broken the law.

But ‘youth’ has been banned from guidelines on the treatment of criminals aged 16 and 17 - because ministers think it is too demeaning.

Instead, offenders must be referred to as ‘young persons’ in the latest code for prosecutors. The newly fashionable phrase is used 101 times in the document.

The change of wording was mocked yesterday by the Tories, who described it as the ‘bizarre’ invention of a new taboo.

Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve added: ‘Yet again, ministers have shown that they are more bothered about pandering to political correctness than coming down hard on the crime and antisocial behaviour that blights communities.’

The code for prosecutors on issuing Youth Conditional Cautions to 16- and 17-year- olds has been rewritten following a consultation over an early draft.

Officials at Jack Straw’s Ministry of Justice and Ed Balls’s Department of Children, Schools and Families said: ‘A number of responses suggested the term “youth” had negative connotations and should be replaced by “young persons”.’

Disapproval of language considered to give the wrong impression has been a hallmark of Labour’s years in power.

Its Youth Justice Board has tried to prevent ‘gang’ in case it criminalises youngsters who gather together. It prefers crime committed by such gatherings to be described as ‘group-related’.

Similarly, Scotland Yard refers to ‘group rape’ or ‘multi-perpetrator rape’ to avoid ‘emotive’ language.

Even prison officers have been told to observe correct priorities by addressing inmates as ‘Mr’.

However, ‘youth’ appears likely to cling on for some time in government lingo.

A spokesman for the Youth Justice Board, run by the Ministry of Justice to cut crime among the young, said: ‘We have put a lot of research into branding, and we haven’t heard anything about this. We have no plans to change our name.’

SOURCE

Surrounded by three Saturday papers and reading same between sneezes and coughs, the wife saw a short article in one of the papers and she really caught my attention.  While she’s very critical of this govt., I had never before heard her exclaim, as she did this morning, that someone needs to finally pull the plug and flush what’s left of the country out to sea.
The reason for her upset was an article wherein a minister of the church has said that people should not be wishing other people a Merry Christmas as it is potentially offensive.  Which was one story on top of a couple others that got her goat. 

I really need to find a nice quiet cave somewhere.


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