Now THAT is political correctness gone mad…

HOonest, I was looking for something else, when I came across this little gem in the Scottish Sun… It comes complete with video of Rio, the Sectarian Parrot… You couldn’t make it up…

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    So if a parrot was trained to shout anti-semitic abuse e.g “kill all jews” that would be also be ok? It is irrelevant how the message is delivered – it is the message itself that is the issue.

  • Mick Fealty

    Have you played the video?

  • Pete Baker

    You’re joking, aren’t you Mick?

    I doubt he’s even read beyond the sensationalist report’s headline.

    Although, it’s worth noting that there was no action taken against the resident concerned.

    Jim Watt, from Horizon Housing Association, confirmed a complaint had been received from another tenant but said Linda and Rio had been cleared of the bigotry claims.

    He said: “We spoke to the tenant with the pet as well as other neighbouring tenants. We took the view that there had not been anti-social behaviour which would include sectarian behaviour.”

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    Yes. It is quite a poor cover version of that old Orange favourite.

    Are you suggesting that if the parrot’s rendition was of a higher quality there would be a problem?
    One law for poor quality parrots and another law for the more talented?

  • Dave

    I don’t think it is necessarily political correctness that compelled someone to complain about the parrot to the local housing association and to the council: it’s the promotion by the liberal/left of a rights-based culture and its accompanying culture of state-dependency which disables people, leaving them intolerant of anything that upsets them but also unable to deal with even trivial upsets without seeking the assistance of the state to intervene on their behalf and remedy the cause of their upset. It’s truly pathetic but now prevalent. Society has engineered an underclass of deeply dysfunctional people.

  • the joxer

    She’s a fit looking bird, alright-(that’s the parrot,not the owner)

  • Jimmy

    Dave Post 5.

    Thats 100% correct, you hit the nail on the head there.

  • Greenflag

    Dave ,

    ‘Society has engineered an underclass of deeply dysfunctional people’

    That’s the nature of laissez faire capitalism or nowadays as it’s known neo conservative economics . You should have been around in Charles Trevelyan time (1840’s) people were saying the same thing about the lazy good for nothing Irish who were so ungrateful for the benefits of British rule and fair play in Ireland that several million of them refused to die of famine , disease and starvation and only a million died and a million more emigrated. A few years later the ‘laissez faire ‘ proponents of freedom were exporting grain from India while 27 million died in another ‘man made ‘ famine !

    Left to it’s own devices in 2009 capitalism would act no differently than it did in the mid 1840’s in Ireland or even later in India . Left to it’s own ‘self regulated’ devices people would still be working 16 hour days -no holidays -no health care and Mr Hobbes industrial age truism that the life of man in a state of nature was to be mostly nasty , brutish and short would be replicated by the neo con nutters of the far right .

    Somebody needs to remind these gobshites that there are 7 billion people on the planet and that they can’t all become ‘bankers ‘ and ‘hedge fund ‘ investment managers and loot people’s retirement funds etc .

    Karl Marx’s analysis of the role of economics in society and history is still relevant even if his prescription of a dictatorship of the proletariat is no longer in vogue or seen as a practical solution to economic or political inequality within societies ..

    Give the neo con nutters enough room however and they could well inspire a return to the Marxian prescription 🙁

  • Greenflag

    The Sun is tissue tabloid and in extremis can be applied to the rear end before flushing but only in extremis . It’s a page 3 titillator ffs !.

    After all the publicity of this affair the ‘orange ‘ parrot in question will need a holiday to get away from all the hullabaloo .

    Could I suggest a short spell in a West Belfast pub where it’s ‘performance ‘ will be applauded by locals before it’s returned back to it’s owner in Scotland in ahem ‘deceased’ mode 😉

    On the other hand you never know . Perhaps some of the locals in West Belfast might extend the repertoire of said parrot by teaching it a few old non sectarian favourites such ‘Men behind the Wire ‘ etc 😉 After which the parrot might desert the old cause for the new ‘one’ seeing as their songs are generally agreed to be way better than the others (sash excepted of course )

  • So if a parrot was trained to shout anti-semitic abuse e.g “kill all jews” that would be also be ok? It is irrelevant how the message is delivered – it is the message itself that is the issue.

    What we should do is set up a system where Sammy McNally decides what we’re allowed to say and what we’re not. (With the same rules in place for parrots too)

  • Brit

    Not sure the Sash is quite on a par with “kill all jews” ;

  • DaithiO

    Have to say that the parrot seems quite intelligent and articulate compared to the average knuckledragger wearing that shirt and whistling that tune.

  • Brit

    Compared to the intellectual giants who are to be seen in the green hoops – especially round where I live!

  • DaithiO

    In fairness Brit, and I should have been clearer on this, I was referring to the type that accompanied the Orange parades, most notably past Short Strand at 8am already inebriated by the carry-outs they were burdened with for the walk.

  • Brit

    Fair dos DaithiO.

    My one trip to NI was for duration of the 12th and I remember seeing a bunch of abosolute headcases with beer crates on their heads in Sandy Row early doors. Einsteins they werent!

  • I think it’s self evident that republicanism is an intellectual, ecumenical ideology open to all, while EVERYONE from the other side is just a backward looking thugs. The songs sung by each side further add to this, especially the verse of the sash that describes killing all Catholics and burning down the Vatican while king Billy dances on the dead pope.

    The solution: Prohibit all culturally protestant songs, whilst having our children sing “Ooh ahh up the raa” and similar little numbers in school assembly

  • George

    Bang on the money Dave. Marx was on the money when he said Capitalism’s primacy of individual rights over societal rights was to isolate the individual.

  • Harry Flashman

    “My one trip to NI was for duration of the 12th and I remember seeing a bunch of abosolute headcases with beer crates on their heads in Sandy Row early doors.”

    In fairness that is hardly behaviour which is limited to only one side of the North Channel. One of my favourite memories of Scotland was after checking in for the ridiculously early Easyjet flight from Edinburgh to Belfast. I was standing in the queue at the Wetherspoons airport bar/cafe at about 6.30am, in front of me was a party of Scottish men and women, their order went something like;

    “Two pints of Heavy pet, a vodka and orange, two large gin and tonics and a Bacardi and Coke”

    At this point the bloke ordering noticed the advertisement for the breakfast special, bacon and egg butties and tea for 3.99, he called back to his friend at the table,

    “Hey Charlie, fancy a couple of bacon and egg butties?”

    Charlie replied with a pained expression,

    “Aw fer Chrissakes mate, it’s far too early for that stuff!”.

    Priceless, and I have no idea which team they followed.

  • Brit

    “In fairness that is hardly behaviour which is limited to only one side of the North Channel.”

    By no means. If one was to produce some sort of stereotyped league table of drinking in the islands of Britain and Ireland I think the Scots would probably be “there or thereabouts” as they say. The Welsh and English (apart from metrosexual wimps like me) are no slouches either.

  • ‘Big’ Sim

    That’s a parrot of esteem.

  • DaithiO

    And maybe this is only a mynah distraction!

  • Paul

    So they shouldn’t have complained about the bird to the council?

    Was me I might have complained to the parrot with my air rifle! I would be sure to get a result then and I wouldn’t look like such a wimp to all yall

  • eranu

    i think technically the person making the complaint is where the sectarianism is. the bird is humming a tune, the complainer objects to it because he hates protestants.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Glad they didn’t make the parrot “do bird”…

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    I just love the upside-down-Orange-logic, that is like saying a black person hates whites because the black person objects to racial abuse from the white person. lol

  • eranu

    not really sammy. in your example the white person seems to be giving some sort of racial abuse to the black person, who then rightly objects to it.
    the parrot is just humming a tune, as far as I can tell there aren’t even any words used. the complainer recognises it as the sash which is associated with them prods. the complainer has a problem with something associated with them there prods, he hasn’t actually been insulted himself!!
    are you publicly saying that “Yes, I Sammy McNally, being of sound mind, believe this here parrot to be a thoroughly sectarian parrot.”
    ??? 🙂

  • Pigeon Toes

    “let the small free birds fly…”

  • It’s not just Prod parrot owners but anyone playing CDs by those infamous loyalist bigots Wolfetones and Christy Moore who’ll also need to take care in Glasgow presumably.

    Both have recorded versions of The Sash on the basis I guess that it qualifies as an Irish folk song; Christy Moore has a particularly funny second verse dedicated to the Scottish nats- anyone with a link please post;)

  • Paul

    Pretty open and shut case of wanting to get rid of her, in my view. (From a UK mainland perspective.)

  • Pigeon Toes

    Could have been worse…”Jerry received a parrot for his birthday.

    The parrot was fully-grown with a bad attitude and worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive. Those that weren’t expletives were, to say the least very rude.

    Jerry tried hard to change the bird’s attitude and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft music, anything he could think of to try and set a good example. Nothing worked.

    He yelled at the bird and the bird yelled back. He shook the bird and the bird just got angrier and became even more rude. Finally in a moment of desperation. Jerry put the parrot in the FREEZER.

    For a few moments he heard the bird squawk and kick and scream. Then suddenly, there was a quiet—–

    -Not a sound for half a minute. Jerry was frightened that he might have hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door.

    The Parrot calmly stepped out onto Jerry’s extended arm and said: “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I will endeavor at once to correct my behavior. I really am truly sorry and beg your forgiveness.”

    Jerry was astonished at the bird’s change in attitude and was about to ask what had made the difference and caused such a dramatic change when the parrot continued: “May I ask what the chicken did???”

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    the parrot is of course a red herring – the medium of the delivery is irrelevant – it is typical of Unionist upside down thinking to suggest intolerance by Nationalists of Unionist sectarianism is a ‘hatred’ of Protestants – it is simply that they dont that Prod culture when it is based on an anti-Catholic ideology much the same as black people dont like white racial views directed at them.


    I hope you are not confusing violent Irish republicanism which is a liberation ideology with the sectarianism of Orangeism?

  • Gréagoir O Frainclín

    So now a parrot in Glasgow can’t even hum ‘the Sash’ coz it insults oe legged black Palestinian homosexual Jewish window fitters in Belfast, it’s political correctness gone mad. (The comedian Stewart Lee does a great skit on this, I doubt if any of ye sober folk have seen it).

    Me uncle use to play ‘the Sash’ on the accordian years ago in the pub for a bit of a laugh, (long before ‘the Troubles’ of course and the sinister side of some of the OO at Drumcree, etc…).

    Sure the lyrics of ‘the Sash’ are bloody hilarious….real nordy culchie stuff!

    So, bang that big drum, 1, 2, 3, here we go…

    Sure l’m an Ulster Orangeman , from Erin’s Isle I came,
    To see my British brethren all of honour and of fame,
    And to tell them of my forefathers who fought in days of yore,
    That I might have the right to wear, the sash my father wore!

    And here we go again…all you Orangemen reciprocate and sing along too…..

    We are on the one road singing the one song,
    We are on the road to god knows where……….

  • Harry Flashman

    If it sang “The Fields of Athenry” Sammy would it be an anti-British bigoted parrot?

  • Dave

    Harry, if it sang that song for its Rangers-supporting owner, it’d be a muzzled parrot.

    Sectarian parrots… chickens that are entitled to be Irish or British or Both… Protestant farmers raising Fenian cattle…

    Gotta love NI…

  • Sammy etc:

    “I hope you are not confusing violent Irish republicanism which is a liberation ideology with the sectarianism of Orangeism?”

    No, perish the thought. But I think the Wolfetones might have;)

  • Peter Fyfe

    How could that possibly offend anybody? It is a parrot. They need something to entertain them, is any other hoop fan relishing the start of the season? After last night, I must say I am confident there shall be no two in a row. We have been liberated from the shackles of the Ginger one, and Mogga shall lead us to the promised land.

  • Gréagoir O Frainclín

    ah remember Monty Python …the dead parrot sketch!