A recent newsletter from anti-PC campaigner Murray McCully led with this comment supporting the right of the Burmese people to decide for themselves what their country is called:
The US State Department asserts the preference for ‘Burma’ ‘due to consistent, unyielding support for the democratically elected leaders’, and the UK Foreign Office notes that ‘Burma’s democracy movement prefers the form ‘Burma’ because they do not accept the legitimacy of the unelected military regime to change the official name of the country.’
The very least that our Government and our media should be doing after witnessing the events of the past week is to insist upon calling the place Burma.
You’ll find no argument from me here – I’ve long argued that oppressed groups should be able to determine how they and their culture are represented rather than having labels thrust upon them by others, and that government and the media have a role in helping to bring about this social change.
But I can’t help thinking, doesn’t this kind of tolerance sound a lot like the scourge of “political correctness” Murray McCully rails against every other week?