That’s a rather neat summing up of the BBC attitude according to Rod Liddle in the Sunday Times. Something backed up, at least the part about women, by the former Today programme editor Jenny Abramsky who says that the BBC has a ‘huge responsibility’ to employ more women.
‘This is an open letter to a man called James. This particular James is white, middle-aged and public school and Oxbridge educated, and he’s running the important bits of the BBC.
All the top people of the BBC are called James and are white and public school and Oxbridge eductaed, except for the Director General, who is white and public school and Oxbridge educated and called Tony.
That’s the BBC: No blacks, no dogs, no Irish. No women, either, or very few, nor indeed anyone called “Keith”.
Anyway, it is perhaps because they are called James and middle class that they seem terrified of telling the news as it is. If there were a few more people called Tariq or Keith or Harbinger, then there might be a little less tiptoeing on eggshells, less of this absolute terror of giving offence to the people the Jameses definitely are not.
In Sweden there are riots…almost all the people doing the rioting were, to adapt Nick Robinson’s phrase, people of non-Swedish orign. These were…are..race riots.
It was not the ordinary Swedes rising up against the oppressive Swedish state; it was immigrants. Come on James – why not tell us the truth?’