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    Channel 4 23 February 2017 Has Political Correctness Gone Mad?

    The self-consciously provocative film found former politician Trevor Phillips arguing that fear of offending minorities has stifled legitimate debate. For liberals, this has backfired, leading to Brexit and the rise of populist figures such as Nigel Farage and Donald Trump.

    To persuade us, Phillips deployed offensive terms: n—er, p-ki, spaz, faggot and queer. As such, it sometimes felt like a contrary editorial, concocted more for online outrage than serious consideration.

    There were big holes in his argument. He ignored economic factors in the immigration issue, not to mention the distortions propagated by “fake news”. He didn’t make a distinction between free speech and hate speech. He mentioned in passing that Jeremy Corbyn was part of the PC backlash but never explained why.

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    The show looked into various aspects of political correctness as well as free-speech.

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