Mental illness is increasing in the UK population: one in three sick notes are due to mental health 'issues'; the Metropolitan Police receive a phone call every five minutes regarding mental health, up by 33% since 2012; snowflakey 'uni' students require safe spaces whilst demanding removal of various 'racist' statues; mad wimmin demonstrate in the street (here and in the US) against President Trump; the 'celebration' of sexual perversions is now compulsory; and three men have been reported to the police for blacking up in a Welsh carnival.
Four men who covered themselves in black body paint and lycra bodysuits in tribute to the 1993 cult comedy film Cool Runnings, about a Jamaican bobsleigh team, are being investigated by police for racism.
For further proof of madness, listen to Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, daily at 10am.
The gradual drip, drip of political correctness has to be the main cause of this epidemic, where denial of empirical truths not only shuts down debate but ultimately leads to frustration and madness.
The phrase "Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad" just about sums it all up.
For more information, read this online version of Financial Times journalist Anthony Browne's excellent book, The Retreat of Reason, where all is explained.
Celebrate this - or else.
Take the case of beleaguered Labour MP Sarah Champion who is still sufficiently sane to have noticed that there's a disproportionate number of men of Pakistani Muslim origin abusing underage white girls in the UK, who is prepared to speak out about it and getting the sack for her troubles.
In an interview with Andrew Norfolk of The Times she said:
I genuinely don’t know how I first knew that to be racist was the worst thing I could possibly be, but I somehow knew that it was, and that attitude stayed with me for most of my working life. Today, I’d rather be called a racist than turn a blind eye to child abuse.
Don't worry Sarah, calm down dear, what is usually described as 'racism' is nothing more than a natural preference for one's own racial group - nothing more, nothing less.
The entire insanity of political correctness would vanish like Scotch mist at dawn if a few courageous and prominent public figures made a concerted joke of the next outbreak of twitter outrage from some minority group. One random example: the latest Cycling Weekly magazine has created a 'storm' with a photo of pretty Hannah Noel (35) wearing a crash hat and the caption "Token attractive woman", apparently due to a joke gone wrong.
Naturally she was "horrified" (yes, horrified) to see the picture and caption. "I couldn't believe it. It was offensive, derogatory and just not acceptable", she told The Sunday Times.
Some women just can't accept a compliment.
The error has renewed a national debate about sexism in one of Britain’s most popular sports, foamed beleaguered Times hack Andrew Norfolk.
Has it really?
Imagine if a few of the 'great and the good' stood up together and announced to the world something along the lines that the entire incident is silly, trivial, unworthy of intelligent discussion and that maybe Hannah Noel should be pleased to accept the compliment.
But back to Sarah Champion who says in The Times:
If, 15 years ago, we'd acknowledged there was a particular issue among a criminal subsection of men in the Pakistani community we could have addressed it, carried out the research and gained the understanding to challenge it, tackle it and eradicate it.
But haven't we been here before?
Remember the notorious BBC Secret Agent report of 2004 when BNP leader Nick Griffin spoke at a private BNP meeting about the very topic of the grooming of underage white girls by Muslim Pakistani men?
Andrew Norfolk sat through the entirety of Griffin's trials at Leeds Crown Court (as did I) during 2004 to 2006; both ended in acquittal and ensured that the facts about the grooming were well known - not 15, but 25 years ago.