This week's column comes from Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Davies MPPhilip Davies MP

In a rare triumph for common sense, a tribunal in Leeds recently came to a sensible conclusion in a case involving political correctness in the workplace.

Sean Corby - a senior mediator for Acas – brought a case against his employers arguing that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of religion and belief under the Equality Act for saying that critical race theory was divisive because it portrays white people as racist. 

Leaving aside the merits or otherwise of the Equality Act, the court agreed with him on this point.

The judgment summarised Mr Corby’s views as being the following: “The ‘woke’ or ‘critical theory’ approach to racism is misconceived in that its belief in structural racism is divisive because it sees white people as a problem that can result in separatism, segregation and ethnocentrism.

"The better approach is that of Martin Luther King which desires a society where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the colour of their skin, and which emphasises what people of all races have in common.”

The court concluded that Mr Corby’s views could not be described as “incompatible with human dignity or conflicting with the fundamental rights of others, even if they are not universally shared and were objected to by some of the claimant’s colleagues”.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mr Davies has discussed political correctness in the workplaceMr Davies has discussed political correctness in the workplace (Image: Pixabay)

Most sensible people would think his views were a statement of the obvious rather than something that should actually be the subject of a case but others had complained about his comments which had caused the issues. Many people will understand just how tricky expressing views like this can sometimes be at work. 

We know a small politically correct minority are holding the country to ransom when it comes to freedom of thought and speech and that is why we should not be surprised that this should even be contentious in the first place. 

However, not only should it not be contentious, it should be precisely the approach that we should all take instead of the racist approach that is ironically pushed by those claiming to want to eradicate racism but who actually make colour of skin an issue.

I really hope that workers dealing with daily doses of diversity diktats and having so-called inclusion policies rammed down their throats take some comfort from the fact that dissenting with a genuine belief that this is completely wrong is actually something they can be more confident about as a result of this case.

Not only have the courts provided some sense recently on this - so too, thankfully, has the Government.

A few months ago Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch said: “It wasn’t a tough decision for us to reject the divisive agenda of critical race theory.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kemi BadenochKemi Badenoch (Image: PA)

We believe as Martin Luther King once said, people should be judged by the content of their character – not the colour of their skin. And if that puts us in conflict with those who would re-racialise society, who would put up the divisions that have been torn down – well… all I can say is: bring it on.”

“The left accuses us of fighting a culture war. But we will not apologise for fighting for common sense.”

At the same time, the then Home Secretary Suella Braverman also said: “Things are bad enough already. We see it in parts of Whitehall, in museums and galleries, in the police, and even in leading companies in the City. Under the banner of diversity, equity, and inclusion, official policies have been embedded that distort the whole purpose of these institutions.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Suella BravermanSuella Braverman (Image: PA)

"Highly controversial ideas are presented to workforces and the public as if they are motherhood and apple pie. Gender ideology. White privilege. Anti-British history.”

This was all then followed by the Prime Minister himself who said: “The people of North Yorkshire were not interested in my colour, but my character. Never let anyone tell you that this is a racist country. It is not.”

One of the increasingly clear differences between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party is their attitude to political correctness and so-called wokeness.

Keir Starmer recently decided to attack the Conservatives again for getting “tangled up in culture wars” and just the other day Labour's shadow culture secretary is reported to have confirmed backing teaching children about “white privilege”.

Make no mistake Labour are Keir Starmer are the ones fighting the culture wars - they are just on the wrong side of them.  After all, Starmer is still unable to say for sure what a woman is.

We did not start these culture wars but we definitely have to win them to save our country. Ironically worshipping at the altar of political correctness is one of the few things Keir Starmer and Labour have been consistent about.  

The silent majority - the ones who know what a woman is - must stop being so silent.