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Is “political correctness” a force for good?

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Simon Heffer go head-to-head in this month's duel

Photo: Even JS Mill, the high priest of free expression, was careful to register constraints in certain contexts

YES: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

“Political correctness” (PC) arouses much sound and fury. Believers, agnostics and detractors disagree about what the term means, its mission and its place in a liberal democracy. PC unsettles traditionalists and unnerves the powerful who have wilfully distorted facts, made fake claims, and maligned those of us who believe language can be used as a weapon, that cultures are not static but dynamic, and, most importantly, there is no…

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