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Poor old Ballsy. He's never going to escape the tourettes thing as long as he lives - a masterstroke by Cameron.

On the subject in hand, I'm amused that something that the nanny, hand-holding Labour party couldn't ever have implemented is actually something for which they will be eternally grateful to the let-them-eat-cake, (you're) all going to share the pain Tories, should they get re-elected at the next general election.
 

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You're repeating an insult that's offensive to disabled people. Let's not.

Too right ... I feel think it is unfair on people who have torrettes to be compared to Ed Balls ;)
 

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Your intention is humorous, not offensive.

However, anyone with Tourettes or other disability is likely to be upset at their condition being used as a joke or insult.
 

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Your intention is humorous, not offensive.

However, anyone with Tourettes or other disability is likely to be upset at their condition being used as a joke or insult.

Offence is taken NOT given ... it is not up to you (someone who doesn't have the disability) to define the moral compass for this joke ...


... speaking of Jokes ... Ed Balls, I can't believe that Labour have actually said that they (now) agree with the debt reduction activity, even if it is the correct way forward (which it clearly is) there job in opposition is to try and find alternative ways to approach the problem not just agree :rolleyes:
 

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Offence is taken NOT given ... it is not up to you (someone who doesn't have the disability) to define the moral compass for this joke ...
Ah, that old AO chestnut - you can't be offended unless you have a direct interest. I've never understood that one e.g.

I take offence at bullying (I'm not bullied)
I take offence at blatant misogyny (I'm not a woman)
I take offence at racism (I'm not in an ethnic minority)
I am offended by xenophobia and bigotry, but have never been a victim of either

I don't particularly take offence at disability humour (in fact I secretly find tourette's quite funny - especially the shouty, sweary type*) but don't see why I shouldn't. :confused:


* and I wouldn't ask anyone offended by that remark if they were afflicted.
 

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Ah, that old AO chestnut - you can't be offended unless you have a direct interest. I've never understood that one e.g.

I take offence at bullying (I'm not bullied)
I take offence at blatant misogyny (I'm not a woman)
I take offence at racism (I'm not in an ethnic minority)
I am offended by xenophobia and bigotry, but have never been a victim of either

I don't particularly take offence at disability humour (in fact I secretly find tourette's quite funny - especially the shouty, sweary type*) but don't see why I shouldn't. :confused:


* and I wouldn't ask anyone offended by that remark if they were afflicted.

That is fine, however my point was that Sterzo was attempting to "give offence" to people with Torrette's ...
 

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Ah, that old AO chestnut - you can't be offended unless you have a direct interest. I've never understood that one e.g.

I take offence at bullying (I'm not bullied)
I take offence at blatant misogyny (I'm not a woman)
I take offence at racism (I'm not in an ethnic minority)
I am offended by xenophobia and bigotry, but have never been a victim of either

I don't particularly take offence at disability humour (in fact I secretly find tourette's quite funny - especially the shouty, sweary type*) but don't see why I shouldn't. :confused:


* and I wouldn't ask anyone offended by that remark if they were afflicted.
Do you not take offence at Norfolk jokes then ? :p
 

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Its just that I have not had my location on for ages, not since we used to swap Essex and Norfolk jokes and ................oh I geddit - mum's the word. ;)
 

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Was that Balls that said 'We've had a bad little run' the other day?

Whoever it was sounded like a sub Ron Manager soccer pundit.
 
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