Given what does get suggested as government policy here’s a radical idea – let’s inject some thought into it. Of course, this will lead to vast swathes of what is suggested being dismissed out of hand but then that’s rather the idea. We would still retain the idea that every idiot can propose as they wish but it will reduce the time the rest of us require to ponder through such suggestions:
The Common Sense Group of Conservative MPs has proposed that every recipient of the Victoria Cross and George Cross be immortalised with a statue in their place of birth.
Amiens would indeed be improved by a statue. Actually, most places would be improved by a statue of Ms. Hallowes and Amiens would be improved by a statue of anyone. Presumably someone knows where Nanga Skrang is to place a statue appropriately. There’s a definite joy at the idea of a new one in Hyderabad to someone vehemently pro-British. Given the Gurkhas there will be some pretty rural corners of Nepal graced with more bronze than the place has seen in a millennium.
Hmm, perhaps not, eh? More thought required here.
On the other hand:
Just 11 of the 1,761 holders of these honours are women, according to the Fawcett Society.
The UK is estimated to have 25 public statues of women who were not queens or princesses, and 500 non-royal men. If all holders of the Victoria and George Cross were made into statues then just 1.5% of all non-royal statues would be female.
A useful reminder of the manner in which whinge is a constant. Having sorted out the dangers of childbirth, reduced domestic female labour from a 60 hour weekly load to a 15 hour one in this past century, invented the pills that provide fertility control, provided the vote, enabled female economic emancipation there must therefore be something else to complain about. For there is that whinge constant, life isn’t worth living without something to complain about.
But say we went ahead. There would be that constant reminder that it always has been the sons sent off to die while fighting the ghastly Boche. To, you know, protect the wimminsfolk from rape and babies tossed on bayonets. Why, some might even decide to say thank you as a result.
There is a short cut to this though. Innate reactions are in fact thought encoded – as are prejudices. Blue food doesn’t work because blue isn’t a normal colour of food. Retching at the smell of a durian works because it really does smell like a rotting human corpse. Killing commies on sight is a useful learnt behaviour from the observation of the 20th century.
So it is with suggestions from the Fawcett Society. We can indeed describe the following as a prejudice but again that’s merely encapsulated knowledge. The correct reaction to anything they propose is “Aw, fuck off Honey”.
That is, we’ve already done the thinking and have it here, as with the sticky back plastic I made earlier. We should indeed bring back cogitation into the consideration of public policy. Fortunately we’ve an extant set of rules to aid us reach swift decisions.
Complaints about gender equality – pat ’em on the head and say “Yes Dear”. Won’t make the slightest bit of difference as the whinge is indeed constant.