This looks like just another case of
middle-class liberal busybodies finding 'racism' wherever they can but
the probable reality is that this woman who was accused of 'racism',
Anna Farquhar, is most probably just another lefty liberal luvvie from
a privileged background who has probably never had a pro-White thought
in her life. Rather like these Russian communists in the 1930s who went
out of their way to show how loyal they were to Stalin only to find
themselves facing a firing squad or being worked to death in a Siberian
How referring to
gossip as 'jungle drums' led to six-month racism probe
watchdog has had its funding withdrawn after its chairman was bizarrely
accused of racism for using the phrase ‘jungle drums’ to describe
remark at a public meeting was seized upon by an equality campaigner –
and the ensuing race row has lasted six months.
began at a gathering of the Wiltshire Involvement Network (WIN), an
independent health watchdog, in Potterne Wick, Devizes, when
chairman Anna Farquhar, 70, noted that gossip about NHS changes had
been spreading within the Health Service, remarking: ‘You cannot
help the jungle drums.’
Gossip girls: The trouble began at a
gathering of the Wiltshire Involvement Network when Anna Farquhar, 70,
noted that gossip about NHS changes had been spreading within the
Health Service, remarking: 'You cannot help the jungle drums'
comes from the use of wooden drums which were traditionally used in
parts of Africa to communicate messages over long distances.
But a member
of the public in attendance at the meeting in the local Scout
headquarters, Sonia Carr, declared the phrase to be racist. Mrs
Farquhar immediately apologised for any offence but Mrs Carr, a member
of the Wiltshire Racial Equality Council, was unsatisfied and submitted
an official complaint to Wiltshire Council, which launched an
producing a ten-page report, the council barred all members of WIN from
council premises and meetings. It also withdrew funding to cover the
group’s administration costs.
members said they were ‘astounded’ that Mrs Farquhar, a distinguished
former chief executive of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and St John
Ambulance in the Devizes area, had been accused of racism.
got a racist bone in her body,’ said one. ‘The whole thing is
ridiculous. It’s got to the point where you daren’t ask for a black
coffee in case somebody takes offence.’
Matthews, WIN’s vice-chairman and a member of the local Coalition
Against Racism, said: ‘It’s the worst kind of political correctness.
Anna’s remark was nothing to do with race. This ridiculous decision
means that patients in this area do not have a voice and the council is
not hearing their concerns about health and social care services.’
Mrs Carr, 50,
who lives with her husband Owen, 54, in Warminster, Wiltshire, claimed
Mrs Farquhar’s initial apology was inadequate and that watchdog members
needed training on ‘equality and diversity issues’.
was racist and my complaint is valid,’ she said yesterday. ‘People need
to think before they say things that could cause offence.’
council is to meet WIN leaders to explain why it upheld Mrs Carr’s
complaint about the incident on August 10 last year.
deputy leader of the Tory-run council, admitted that ‘it may be
political correctness’ but insisted: ‘The law makes it clear that
what matters is not the intention of the person who uses the phrase but
whether anybody is offended by it.’
Glen, the Tory MP for Salisbury, said it was ‘ludicrous’, adding: ‘It
is hugely frustrating, at a time when we are trying to save money, that
the council is wasting large amounts of money. This kind of unnecessary
action and bureaucracy drives the public crazy.’