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Jungle Drums racism probe

I'm not a great fan of the Daily Mail headline reporting but this just beggars belief

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A health watchdog has had its funding withdrawn after its chairman was bizarrely accused of racism for using the phrase *‘jungle drums’ to describe gossip.
The innocuous remark at a public meeting was seized upon by an equality campaigner – and the ensuing race row has lasted six months at a cost to the taxpayer of tens of thousands of pounds.
The trouble began at a gathering of the Wiltshire Involvement Network (WIN), an independent health watchdog, in *Potterne Wick, Devizes, when chairman Anna Farquhar, 70, noted that gossip about NHS changes had been spreading within the Health Service, remarking: ‘You *cannot help the jungle drums.’

The term comes from the use of wooden drums which were traditionally used in parts of Africa to communicate messages over long distances.

But a member of the public in attendance at the meeting in the local Scout headquarters, Sonia Carr, declared the phrase to be racist. Mrs Farquhar immediately apologised for any offence but Mrs Carr, a member of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council, was unsatisfied and submitted an official complaint to Wiltshire Council, which launched a costly investigation.

Mrs Carr, 50, who lives with her husband Owen, 54, in Warminster, Wiltshire, claimed Mrs Farquhar’s initial apology was inadequate and that watchdog members needed training on ‘equality and diversity issues’.
‘The remark was racist and my complaint is valid,’ she said yesterday. ‘People need to think before they say things that could cause offence.’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1DNr2cmaa

Obviously by using the term 'Beggars Belief' I'm casting dispersions about Beggars and thus I should be publicaly flogged-but only after thousands of pounds have been wasted on the case.

I think it shows Mrs Carrs inhernet rascist association of Jungle Drums and people of Black origin as she obviously equates the two as being interlinked

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1DNr2cmaa

Obviously by using the term 'Beggars Belief' I'm casting dispersions about Beggars and thus I should be publicaly flogged-but only after thousands of pounds have been wasted on the case.

I think it shows Mrs Carrs inhernet rascist association of Jungle Drums and people of Black origin as she obviously equates the two as being interlinked

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What would we do without the likes of Mrs Carr? Give the woman a medal I say. I can now sleep easy in my bed knowing she is out there, ever vigilant, attending meetings and suchlike with her PC notepad, jotting down all the offensive terms that that are used at such gatherings and reporting them to the appropriate authorities.

This courageous woman has saved the jungles of the world from possible offence. I very much hope she will now turn her attention to the horribly offensive term 'bush telegraph' .... and thereby save the Australian countryside from being offended.
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A society that punishes people for a remake make innocently but which others wish to claim is offensive, is a society that is likely to create a backlash against the values it is trying to foster.
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Hopefully, with all the cuts coming, stuff like that will become an anachronism.
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