In a recent post I referred to Fuhrer Golding as ‘The fat controller’, in reference to the station master from the ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ series of children’s books. This was one of several tongue in cheek references to ‘der Fuhrer’ in a short post that was very definitely intended to laugh at the pompous would-be leader of the ‘Master race’.
A few of EBF’s Facebook commenters have objected to my reference to him being ‘fat’. Presumably they’ve fallen for the superficial, stereotypical view of anti-fascists propounded by the far-right. So please allow me to explain…
I do not represent the thought police. Nor am I particularly interested in presenting a politically correct veneer in my writing. I oppose fascism and neo-nazism. That doesn’t mean I go around censoring myself all the time. It just means I oppose neonazism and fascism.
I believe my predecessor might have been a little more careful in this respect but I’m not her. Nor do I agree (as one commenter suggested) that editorial humour makes me as bad as those who would torture and exterminate whole swathes of the population for being the ‘wrong’ colour, religion or political persuasion.
EBF exists to combat fascism. We do find some insults unacceptable, particularly those pertaining to disabilities or ethnic groups but we’re not the thought police and we do have a sense of humour.
Sorry about that.