In Barnet, London, another heroic entry has recently been added to the annals (or should that be anals?) of political correctness. The borough council has issued a twelve page booklet called Cultural awareness: General Problems which orders staff not to make mother-in-law jokes. According to The Daily Telegraph, the booklet states:
“Humour can be incredibly culture-specific, and is very open to misinterpretation or even offense [sic] by other cultures. And don’t forget when you don’t know what people are laughing at, it is very easy to imagine that they are laughing at you.”
Well, full marks to the copy writer if nothing else. I mean full marks for hoisting the council in its own petard. There is no doubt that whatever else this booklet does, it will make people laugh at Barnet Council!
As to Mother-in-Laws, since I'm a man just eight weeks away from getting wed, it is quite invidious of you to ask!
(She's a lovely lady incidentally!)