Life is so difficult these days, attitudes have changed and as a fifty something I display all the external signs of being a grumpy git and I suppose it's an involuntary reflex to change, what was once acceptable and mainstream is no longer. This story I find particularly irritating about Royal Mail taking exception to comic postcards produced by Bamforth's (for 140 years), complaining that a couple postcards from the first and second world wars were anti-Germanic.
I feel drained by the shallow superficiality of political correctness and failure to acknowledge that there was a time, when there was every reason to make fun of Germans, since they were involved in both wars of killing on an industrial scale, admittedly years later Germany is a benign country with no aspirations to meddle or interfere in the affairs of other European states, except perhaps if you happen to be living in Greece, a view it seems is being disgracefully promoted by bad taste propagandist.
Just to finish off, this bit as far as I can tell most Brits if they delve a bit will find themselves to have a mix of nationalities in their ancestry so what's wrong with joking about other nationalities.
These days people are so sensitive, whatever happened, to humour, we live in an age when minority group's can threaten and bully anyone they consider to have insulted them, with impunity and people like me in their fifties, who grow up in more liberal times, when you could make a joke about differences without feeling stifled and threatened, now find it necessary to self censor before speaking.
How trivial some things now seem, recently I was asked if I could "Like" some biodiversity cods wallop on a facebook site, Cllr John Worrow had sent an email directing me to The Thanet Diversity Network, it now being seems PC's so mind boggling, all the traps of what is and what isn't acceptable, apparently he was hoping I would "like", well to be honest I dont have an opinion, still I see in association with the "Red Hall" crowd a video has emerged of Nigel Farage, daring not or rather I quote Norman Thomas "refused to support the principle that gay people should be allowed the same rights to marriage as others." when questioned by John Worrow, exactly who the others might be I'm not sure. The line of questioning seemed to me to be bullying in the way, that kids use to demand to know what football team you support.
We've seen vast leaps in social equality, homosexuality was outlawed until 1967, nobody is bothered outside of the bigotted world of the church or those lot who enslave women and issue death threats against cartoonists and authors.
Myself I think most of us accept civil partnerships as the equivalent to marriage, so what's problem, marriage was defined until about five minutes ago as the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc