And some further thoughts at The Commentator on the ‘M’ word:
This is how societies go down: when matters of the profoundest significance to their character, and potentially their very existence, have been rendered undiscussable by the people that set the terms of public debate.Oh, my: it’s a good thing they’re not called Nuslims or we’d have TWO "undiscussable" ‘N’ words and endless confusion. We’d be like those prisoners who’ve endlessly told the same old jokes to one another so often that they've long since begun referring to them by numbers: “Hey Sam — that #28 is a fine one. Tell it again.” So Sam obligingly shouts “28!”, and everyone laughs real hard...except for the guy at the end of the cell block. He hollers back, “you didn’t tell it right!”
So be it. Go ahead and have a conversation about deep-seated problems inside the fastest growing demographic group in Europe without mentioning what that group is. The quality of your discussion will be moronic. But you reap what you sow.
Seriously, though we’ve got 24 letters left to assign to forbidden words. ‘Oops — ‘T’ for “terrorist” — make that 23 letters left.
Sssh, children. The Silence is coming.