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I hear the sound of distant drums....

Health watchdog chief in racism row over 'jungle drums' phrase - Telegraph

The affair began at a meeting of the Wiltshire Involvement Network (WIN), a statutory, independent health watchdog, at a Scout headquarters at Potterne Wick, Devizes.
Members were discussing how gossip can spread when Anna Farquhar, the 70-year-old chairman, said: "You cannot help the jungle drums."
Sonia Carr, a member of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council who was sitting in the public gallery observing the meeting, intervened to say that a racist term had been used.
Mrs Farquhar said she did not think the remark was racially offensive, but said she was sorry and pressed ahead with the meeting.
Yet Mrs Carr, 50, submitted an official complaint to Wiltshire council – which launched an investigation, produced a 10-page report upholding the complaint, and barred all watchdog members from council premises and meetings.
Mrs Carr said in her complaint that the apology was inadequate, that senior watchdog figures had failed to challenge the "jungle drums" remark, and that watchdog members did not understand "equality and diversity issues".
She is understood to want a full apology and all members of the network to have diversity training.
Mrs Farquhar, from Devizes, told The Sunday Telegraph that she believed "jungle drums" was "a common expression similar to 'grapevine' or 'rumour mill'", and this was the meaning intended.
Phil Matthews, WIN's vice-chairman and a member of the local Coalition Against Racism, said: "It was an innocent comment, a widely used phrase and certainly nothing that should have led to a formal complaint."
"I am outraged at how we have been treated. It's the worst kind of political correctness. Anna's remark was nothing to do with race.
"You might expect this from loony Left councils in the big cities, but you don't expect it in the Tory shires.

I have been unable to unearth how much the Salisbury Coalition Against Racism costs the local taxpayer but I have a feeling it is too much....

Comments

"grapevine"? Isn't that Frenchist? Anna Farquhar is digging a deeper hole. Just as well she didn't mention smoke signals.

Another example of where Britain has gone totally wrong. Having lived in Africa for 24 years, I can assure readers that the expression jungle drums is understood and approved by just about all educated black people who would find it very funny that it is considered racist, but then Ms. Carr has to justify her position and need for her 15 mins. of fame. Well, Ms. Carr, your action has backfired on you and I am sure I am amongst the many thousands who think that you should be forced too pay all the costs personally for this stupid action , and the funding, if tax-payers' cash, should be immediately stopped. Plus of course a personally written public apology for all the stress you have caused the lady who innocently and quite legally used it.

The treatment of the watchdog members in light of an innocuous comment is disgraceful.

This bit I find particularly obscene: "Mrs Carr said in her complaint that the apology was inadequate, that senior watchdog figures had failed to challenge the "jungle drums" remark, and that watchdog members did not understand "equality and diversity issues"."

If racial offense is in the eye of the beholder so are 'equality and diversity issues'. There can be no divine arbiter of them but this person Sonia Carr clearly thinks she is. The comment was explained by Mrs Farquhar and that should be the end of it.

Wiltshire Racial Equality Council's website proclaims they are "serving Wiltshire's minority ethnic community".

That isn't equality.

From their 2009/10 accounts filed at the Charity Commission, a whole £216 out of £113,679 was given freely as donations. The *vast* bulk of their income is grants from public authorities.

Why does a group that practices discrimination get £113k from the taxpayer? Where do all these stupid, self righteous women come from?

Until everyone recognozes this tactic for what it is we will continue to allow the most radical among us to derail necessary change and control the agenda. This is a shameful ploy that has it's roots in a smear, one of the most effective propaganda techniques. It is not much different from calling someone a witch in the middle ages or a heretic during the inquisition. It is Sonia Carr who does need to attend some sort of diversity training.

This really got me steamed up. Off for a lie down now. http://hospitalnotes.blogspot.com/2011/02/racism-is-everywhere.html

This really got me steamed up. Off for a lie down now. http://hospitalnotes.blogspot.com/2011/02/racism-is-everywhere.html

What was the agenda of the meeting? Sounds like an epically successful filibuster.

Why isn't there a rule that government money in aggregate provided to a charity must be less than the total sum raised privately?

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