I've just read an excellent article by Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent on the Dale Farm situation. The following quote got me thinking. The will of the majority is being ignored to pander to a minority. In a lot of cases the minority is perfectly happy to accept the benefits of this imbalance but are not often the instigators of it. If you can get yourself out of the mire by using the race card, why wouldn't you? There are plenty of squaddies who pull the ID Card in similar circumstances. Is it the offender's fault for using a potential get out of jail card or Authority's for making it such an easy thing to do? Is it really necessary to ban every form of racial stereotyped humour? After all humour is just that and as long as it isn't directed in such a way as to incite or to cause fear then I can't see any problem with it. Most people can tell the difference between a joke about a Scotsman or Yorkshireman being 'careful' and the persistent negative stereotyping of one race or another. In my experience illogical and ill thought out 'Political Correctness' is more likely to cause friction than the mere presence of people with different coloured skin. Nearly all the more ridiculous PC pronunciations come from white lefties rather than any racial group. You just can't have a law that is in the eye of the beholder as to whether an offence was committed or not. One man's banter is another man's abuse. The law should define the offence and make it abundantly clear where the lines are drawn, if you can't define the lines then you shouldn't have the law. When setting objectives we always set out to make them SMART, that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable,Realistic and Time Framed. Apart from the Time I would say that Laws should apply the same criteria. Isn't it time we redefined what constitutes racism and what constitutes equality?