The BBC has done good job of censoring that old Christmas favourite, Fairytale of New York. Tipped to make Christmas number one this year, the word "faggot" is being bleeped out on radio for the first time in the song's 20-year history.

I wonder what the late Kirsty MacColl would think of this very specific censorship, considering that the remainder of the potentially offensive words in the verse in question have been left perfectly audible:

You're a bum
You're a punk
You're an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy f______
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it's our last

Of all the content to filter.

One El Reg reader notes:

It's just another step along the same slippery road to PC madness that insisted on changing the well known nursery rhyme "baa baa black sheep" to "baa baa rainbow sheep".

And he goes on:

I once read an article that said all this PC Gone Mad to avoid offending anyone of any race, religion or gender is now becoming Offensive to the indiginous native population as our 'common use' language has to be modified in light of the increasing number of non-indigenous arrivals that CHOOSE to come here then OBJECT to what they find here and INSIST that *WE* change to accommodate them.

*sigh*