Our thanks to Mike P for this. The start of the piece:
Civil servants should avoid using gendered pronouns like ‘he’ and ‘she’ or assuming someone with the title ‘Mr’ is male, according to the latest government directives.
The rules, which apply to all Whitehall departments, are intended to avoid causing offence to people whose chosen gender does not identify with their biological sex.
Enter a voice of sanity:
Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, called the directives – which were last updated in December 2016 and remain current – ‘politically-correct claptrap’.
‘If the government has nothing better to worry about than this then that is a pretty sad state of affairs,’ he told MailOnline.
‘There’s a huge majority of the public who are actually rather offended by this political correctness.
‘If they concerned themselves more with people concerned with this nonsense they might actually get somewhere.
‘The world has gone mad and the government seem to be at the vanguard of making it mad.’