Friday, 1 February 2013
Cornwall Council Triumphs Again!
Laughing in the face of its few detractors, Cornwall Council has achieved new heights of popularity. The Council’s latest carefree initiative sees the launch of a novel benefits form, sent to households all across the Duchy.
Keeping up-to-date with modern trends, within the form the Council asks for information on applicants’ ethnicity. You just find the box which best describes you, and tick it. The final choice provided by the Council is for people whose background is ‘Gipsy / Traveller / Cornish.’
Councillor Alex Folkes is a haven of sense in the lunacy of Cornwall Council’s wider thinking. Of the form, he said: "Some people will suggest it is offensive. And they are right. Not because being likened to a gypsy or traveller is an insult. It isn't. But because the two backgrounds are so entirely different.”
"What Cornwall Council has done in designing this form is to create a 'bucket' category for anyone who doesn't appear to fit into 'normal' definitions.”
The Council was swiftly alerted to its idiotic blunder and has issued an ‘unreserved’ apology, whatever that means. The on-line form will be reworked while a slave at County Hall has been set the task of altering, by hand, all the printed versions.
You may feel anyone in Cornwall Council with half a brain would have an awareness of Cornish identity, culture and heritage. You might also believe some kind of vetting and approval process takes place before the Council issues documents into the public domain. But these are times of austerity, where careful hands are needed at the helm; why waste money on trivial niceties?