HE has been helping pedestrians cross busy main roads for more than 40 years.
But now the “green man” on pelican crossings seems to have fallen victim to the politically-correct brigade.
The light indicating when it is safe to cross the road has been renamed the “green figure” by road chiefs at Lincolnshire County Council.
Although some crossings retain the original labelling, the highways department has replaced many with the new gender-neutral version.
Yesterday, Lincolnshire’s decision to change the signs was described as “political correctness gone mad”.
Ossy Snell, a councillor in Boston, Lincs, said: “It seems a little bit like it’s seen as sexist.
“Women might think men are controlling if a green man helps them to cross the road.”
Tbh, I don't know of any woman save the more rabid feminists in political parties and who haunt the pages and columns of the Guardian who might think such a thing. Most people will take a look at what you have just said Ossy and think you're having a laugh, at least until they realise that you aren't and then the view will sway to my God! The man's an utter moron. The thing is Ossy and I know you won't be reading this, but bear with me, the thing is, the green man isn't a real person, it's just a stylised image in a certain colour to tell people that it's safe to cross the road, there's no control factor at all, he doesn't leap from his flashing sign to actually prevent ladies crossing the road, that's a personal decision on their part, the sign itself just tells people that the lights for road traffic are at red and it may be safe to cross, not is safe to cross, only maybe, so stay alert and look both ways.
You have to wonder just what Ossy and his band of political lunatics have been smoking to come up with the following statement.
“There’s so many of these silly things that people are bringing up, which nobody has ever thought about being offensive to anybody when they were brought in.”I wonder which people they are and how they've managed to get the ear of a lowly councillor in Lincolnshire. He's a Liberal Democrat according to Google, which I suppose makes him a pseudo socialist with delusions of bandwagon jumping (vote Lib Dem, a different policy for every household, at least until we get into power then we become mendacious little overspending Hitler's)
To my mind Ossy, most women have the sense not to be bothered over political correctness, most will think you're an idiot for even having the nerve to defend this.
About the only good thing about this is of course, if the likes of Ossy are doing this sort of thing, at least they're being kept away from the levers of real power...
Well we can hope.