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Petition o' the day

And it is a good one:

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make it ilegal (sic) to marry and have sex with your cousin".

The associated gloss contains possibly the highest number of spelling mistakes per hundred words in the history of the English language. I particularly enjoyed 'inoccent', not once, but twice. This bit is good too, and would serve to end *all* unions - "if a person is related to you no matter how long distant then it is wrong".

I wonder why the petitioner felt a sudden urge to bring this to the nation's attention. Has cousin loving been a soap opera plot of late, maybe? Or was the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic on again?


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Anonymous Mr R said... 2:41 pm

Does the petitioner have a red neck and originally hail from the deep south of the USA?  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 6:14 pm

What? Do you mean verity?
(Ducks for cover)  

Blogger Newmania said... 12:28 am

Hell I missed this , superb.  

Blogger gitanodemurcia said... 2:16 am

It is not good to shag your cousin if she is a nutter  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:01 am

Everybody's got a cousin they wanted to shag, or had a minor crush on. It's what island life is all about. ;)  

Anonymous dearieme said... 8:13 pm

They were probably fretting about the Hindus.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:51 pm

I posted on this on DK, but first, it is not this girl's fault that she was failed by a school system that used to be one of the world's best.

Second, she probably lives in a northern city and has seen the effects of the Pakistani habit of marrying their first cousins for generations. They usually import them, but there should be enough of them to go around in Britain soon, many of them genetically - uh - imperfect.

Britain has around 2.5m Pakistanis (assuming the government's lying) and it accounts for 30% of the birth defects treated by the NHS. Read it again. Thirty percent of genetic disorders treated in Britain are of Pakistani origin deriving from generations of incest. Total Pakistani births account for 3.4%. So figure it out.

As ill educated as she is, at least this girl got the idea of petitioning the prime minister to outlaw the practice. That you all assumed she is a product of incest herself is gratuitous and insulting. She is trying to get Pakistanis in Britain to adhere to norms of societies throughout the rest of the world. I don't know of any society that doesn't regard such a practise as a large taboo.

Bradford MP Anne Cryer has been a voice in the wilderness for several years now, trying to get a law passed to outlaw this rather repulsive habit, but - no surprises here - she cannot get the support of MPs whose constituences comprise large numbers of Pakistanis. She's no coward, but they are.

Flashgordonnz - You can insult me and that's OK, as I entered the blogging arena of my own free will, but do not insult my parents. I would like an apology, please.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:36 am

FG - Verity makes an entirely fair point.  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 12:41 am

Ha-ha: no harm done, all pals together, right?
Apologies about the misunderstanding, my points were:
(1) That verity has an entertaining (!) drum to beat on this topic. I am just surprised that it took so long for the drum to come out.
(2) Verity is reasonably consistent in her praise of the superiority of the USA-way in most matters, and so I intended humour (and a playful dig) as I commented AFTER mr r said, who refers to the petitioner possibly hailing from "the deep south of the USA". Mr r said may not understand that the red necks of the Deep South have a reputation for inbreeding, so therefore of the absurdity of his suggestion. I suspect mr r said uses the non-American (mis)understanding of red-neck meaning bible thumping reactionary. My point was that maybe the reactionary petitioner and verity were one-and-the-same. The poor spelling in the petition is further indication that this is not the case.
(3) I was in no way intending to imply that verity was a product of a cousin-to-cousin breeding programme: her opposition to these programmes is well-know and documented through-out the online world.

I made no reference to verity’s parents, but I am happy to apologise for any hurt I caused them.

And I apologise to mr r said if I misunderstand his point about red-necks. The NZ equivalent to a red neck is a Bogan. (Bogans, however, have no reputation for cousin-to-cousin breeding: it is illegal to marry one’s cousin in NZ.)
I cannot categorically speak for the UK, but Pikey is the likely equivalent (rather than chav, but I stand to be corrected).

While we are on the topic of red necks/bogans/pikey, how does one know one is one?
A: Truckers ask your mother to mind her language...


Blogger flashgordonnz said... 12:52 am

Mr C, you say verity makes a fair point.
I must admit my comment was intended to be as light-hearted as your original posting.
The fact that cousin loving is not illegal is probably fair.
To ban such liaisons or harangue those that engage (of their own free will) seems a bit on the nannying side, especially if the reasons given are due to the cost to the NHS. If it always came done to the cost to the NHS, then the following complete bans would eventuate:
- Powerful cars
- fireworks
- dogs
- smoking
- drinking
- guns
- sex, other than for breeding
- stairs
- escalators
- ocean swimming

Forced marriages are another matter: no free-will you see. And if that is verity’s point, then that is, indeed, fair.  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 12:57 am

I know of only one (free-will) cousin-to-cousin liasion, which to date has produced 3 children. All 3 have issues relating to their hearing.
But they are all happy.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:44 pm

They only have 2 kids.  

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