Judges – legendary for their inability to express themselves articulately – all that effing and blinding – have at last been given guidelines on how not to offend people.

So now they must refer to persons of a female persuasion as “women” because the word “lady” is impolite and may cause offence.

Well, I’d much rather be referred to as “a lady” than “a woman” any day. It depends on the context – if you’re talking about someone in their presence, then “this lady said ..” is more courteous than “this woman said …”, which is actually quite rude.

A “postwoman” is now a “postal operative” (which is not the same thing – the entire case might hang on the fact that someone delivers letters rather than spends their life behind a counter being pathologically anti-social or vice versa). What’s wrong with “lady postman”?