despair delight of the London Borough of Barnet Council tax payers, their worthy servants have issued a 12-page booklet entitled 'cultural awareness'. The cost is not known.
It states: 'Humour can be incredibly culture-specific and is very open to misinterpretation or even offense [sic] by other cultures. And don't forget when you don't know what people are laughing at, it is very easy to imagine that they are laughing at you.'
'British mother-in-law jokes, as well as offensively sexist in their own right, can also be seen as offensive on the grounds that they disrespect elders or parents.'
No humour allowed in Barnet. The writer John Sessions accused the council of having a 'sense of humour by-pass'. Remembering what I do about Barnet from some years ago I'd say a sense of humour was a requisite if you were a resident. Is forbidding humour part of Dave's Big Society?