TORIES in Kirklees have declared war on political correctness.
Conservative group leader Clr Robert Light believes Kirklees Council has become the most 'PC' authority in Yorkshire.
He called for a return to common sense and tolerance.
Clr Light believes Kirklees has become the most politically correct authority in Yorkshire.
Many staff members, he thinks, feel they cannot do their job properly out of fear of increasing "liberal" strictures.
Along with Dewsbury councillor Imtiaz Ameen, he is asking the public to help in the fight by relating their own experiences of political correctness gone mad.
The duo are calling for a return to freedom of speech throughout the authority and an end to woolly euphemisms.
Clr Light said: "The drive for tolerance has become intolerable. It has gone too far."
He claimed the council was drowning in a mire of misplaced liberalism.
"People now are in a situation where they don't feel they are able to play a role really without looking over their shoulder."
Clr Light slammed a Kirklees dossier on how to approach the issue of sex changes among staff.
The document gave details of leave allowances for people undergoing "gender reassignment" as well as detailing their toilet provisions.
Clr Light said the problem was costing the council dear.
He said: "There are many highly-paid council posts which are purely related to issues of political correctness. And, as a group, should we get into power, it would be our intention to wipe out these unnecessary and expensive posts."
Clr Ameen backed Clr Light's stance.
He said: "Examples of political correctness that immediately spring to mind are the banning of books which refer to 'pigs' in a Batley school and also the banning of alcohol sales at a Dewsbury festival - both of these issues being offensive to Muslims.
"Well, I'm Muslim and I think these bans are ridiculous."
Council leader Kath Pinnock replied that Kirklees strove to promote fairness to all the communities, all individuals and staff members.
"If Clr Light can find any examples of expenditure that is wasteful and does not meet the fairness criteria, then he should come to us and we will thoroughly investigate.
"I am sure he is also aware that a lot of the policy decisions we make are based on Government legislation.
"If the Government asked us to do something that was not fair I am sure he would join with me in condemning them."
Clr Light gave three very different examples:
* Organisations that exist solely for single groups, such as black and ethnic minority police forums. "Why do we have them? We don't have police forums for other bodies," he said.
* The blackboard/whiteboard debate. Some people now simply call them chalkboards.
* The time when books containing references to pigs - for example The Three Little Pigs and Babe - were banned from a Batley school. "The overly PC head thought it might be offensive to some Muslim children. Muslim parents were up in arms about the decision," said Clr Light.