This is a lengthy post but I fully commend you read all of it below the fold because it is a wonderful dissection of the current BBC series fronted by Professor Diarmaid Macculloch which aims to subvert everything we know about being British. Biased BBC’s Alan writes…
‘It is only now at the beginning of the 21st Century that history is being rewritten.’
The Story of Maths – 2. The Genius of the East.
Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy on the BBC.
History is indeed being rewritten…by the BBC.
Stalin’s propaganda chief Willy Munzenberg: “All news is lies and all propaganda is disguised as news.”
The BBC has broadcast what must be one of the ugliest and nastiest pieces of racist polemics outranking anything you might think the BNP could publish….a nastiness that is hidden and given a respectability by the veneer of BBC authority and backed up by the appearance of profound, credible scholarship.
It is a highly sophisticated and polished propaganda drive worthy of Goebbels or Willie Munzenberg, driven by the politically correct imperative to support and excuse mass immigration. It is aimed at the very heart of this nation with the sole intention of destroying national identity and sense of belonging and unity that has for so long held this nation together and provided the world with political, scientific, industrial and social progressive ideas that have made the world a better place.
‘Everything you know about British ancestry is wrong.’
The BBC has put together a three part programme with the intent to challenge every notion you had about what it means to be English and to undermine your very beliefs and identity. Even at face value it is clearly designed to shake a few convictions and beliefs but the deeper meaning is more startling, shocking in its aims and dangerous in its intended consequences. It fully intends that you no longer believe in your own national identity, your ethnicity, your own culture and history. It sets out to destroy the idea of Englishness, that nation state and loyalty to such ideas.
Why? If you no longer believe you are English, you no longer believe in loyalty to a nation or a culture, you no longer have a unique history to be proud of, then you can not have any objections to the vast waves of immigrants now coming here.
As the Left try to insist you are all immigrants….there is no such thing as the ‘English’….there is no such thing as a unique culture, or language or national character that developed in these Islands.
The beauty of this for the Left is that not only does it attack the basis of the nation state and a ‘People’s’ identity it allows immigrants to come here and say ‘Well look, there is no such thing as ‘Englishness’, or English culture…so I have no need to assimilate, no need to become ‘English’, no need to follow their laws or customs…..I can create my own little Pakistan or Somalia in inner city Bradford or Blackburn.’ The Multi-cultural bandwagon rolls on with the BBC at the wheel….’celebrating diversity’.
Diarmaid Macculloch has been wheeled out yet again by the BBC to dispense his peculiar take on history. Macculloch is a BBC favourite, he ticks nearly all their boxes…being gay, anti-Iraq war, anti-Israel, and though a Christian does not really like Christianity…or at least the ‘Western’ version of it.
‘Professor MacCulloch identifies three broad traits commonly associated with the English – the idea that the English think they are better than others, the idea that they are a specially tolerant people and the idea that to be English, quintessentially is to be white, Anglo-Saxon and Church of England Christian.’
‘A Chosen People?
In this first episode, Professor MacCulloch chronicles the roots of the idea that the English think themselves better than others and duty-bound to play a leading role in world affairs.’
‘A Tolerant people?
Professor MacCulloch challenges the commonly held assumption that the English have a long and glorious tradition of tolerance. Rather, history shows that until recently the English were among the least tolerant peoples in the world.’
‘A White and Christian People?
The final programme of this series examines the idea that there is an ethnic core to Englishness. Is there any basis for the claim that to be truly English you have to be Anglo-Saxon? And what about the fact that until very recently being English also meant being Church of England Christian?’
Are these initial claims valid…do we think we are a chosen people, are we tolerant?, are the English purely white and Christian? Macculloch claims not but that we think this is so. I doubt whether anyone really thinks along the lines Macculloch suggests….but it is without doubt that Britain, England, was shaped by a Christian heritage and up until very recently was populated by ‘white’ people almost completely.
Before looking at the particulars of the programmes and especially the last on English identity I will put down what the BBC’s intentions were in the making of these programmes….their social and political effects.
These programmes are not just ‘history’, they are not just an interesting look at our national background…they are intended to have radical political and social effects.
The target audience is not really the flag waving EDL member…though the BBC would be more than delighted to put their noses out of joint by ‘rubbing those noses in diversity’.
The audience is firstly the Liberal ‘elite’, the politicians, the media heavy weights, the academics and intellectuals, lawyers, judges, senior police officers, the teachers, professional people, all those who control the power and influence.
Its second audience is the ‘intelligent’ viewer who takes an interest in such things but doesn’t have time to look too deeply but may be open to suggestion. The BBC hopes to let such programmes and radical ideas wash over them, slipping into their sub-conscience and altering their beliefs, even if merely in a slight shift of their perceptions, so that they come to accept certain attitudes and thence political policies favoured by the Left.
The whole premise of the programmes is based upon a ‘fact’ manufactured by Macculloch….taking something that has a semblance of truth and remoulding it for his own effect.
Macculloch claims that the 7th Century historian, the venerable Bede, invented the idea of Englishness in his history ‘The Ecclesiastical History of the English People’.
A reading of this tome will reveal that is not so….the real inventor of the English or British nation was Christianity in the shape of the Catholic church, namely Pope Gregory, Gregory the Great….. ‘The main theme of the History was the progression from diversity to unity….This was an idea worked out by Gregory the Great.’
Catholicism was growing in Britain and most people followed this faith but not all conformed to a common system but Britain became ever more united by Christianity when common dates were agreed for Christian events such as Easter and their common celebration.
And Bede tells us…’At the present time there are in Britain, in harmony with the five books of the divine law, five languages and four nations – English, British, Irish and Picts….all united in the study of God’s truth by the fifth – Latin – which has become a common medium through study of the scriptures.
Finally Bede clearly tells us that Gregory was the instigator of the concept of national unity….
‘….the blessed Pope Gregory died and was taken up to his eternal home in Heaven. And it is fitting that he should receive fuller mention in this history, since it was through his zeal that our English nation was brought from the bondage of Satan to the faith of Christ, and we may rightly term him our Apostle….for he transformed our still idolatrous nation into a church of Christ.’
Macculloch also claims that King Alfred united the English and defeated the Danes by creating a book of laws and uniting the disparate people with demands to follow this only. Unfortunately Alfred’s book came from the famous book of laws by his predecessor King Inas as well as from Biblical references and his own ideas. What really defeated the Danes was when ‘Alfred capitalised on the relatively peaceful years immediately following his victory at Ethandrun by focusing on an ambitious restructuring of his kingdom’s military defences. When the Viking raids resumed in 892, Alfred was better prepared to confront them with a standing, mobile field army, a network of garrisons, and a small fleet of ships navigating the rivers and estuaries.’
In other words it was reorganisation of his military forces and new strategy and tactics that won the battle….not a symbolic book of laws.
Macculloch’s final programme on English identity is a much more serious piece of trouble making.
It is apparent though that he is making it up as he goes along, grabbing useful ‘facts’ here and there to lend a spurious support to whatever idea he is currently pushing.
He claims using highly selective history and scientific evidence that the Anglo Saxons were merely an elite social strata that had no genetic or cultural inheritance in Britain…indeed that no ‘invaders’ had any serious impact on the indigenous peoples.
This kind of dents his claim to Britain not being of one major identity.
But he then conversely goes on to claim that ‘waves of foreigners were stirring up English identity’….including the Anglo Saxons, the Romans, the Vikings and the Normans….because he wants you to think, taking up the Left’s battle cry that we are all immigrants, that we are indeed just a nation of immigrants with no national identity….that no unique culture, language and character developed in these Islands….denying you and undermining your ethnic identity and cultural heritage for his own political ends.
You are not who you think you are!
Macculloch uses the work of Stephen Oppenheimer to back up his theories.
Oppenheimer uses genetics to ‘prove’ that there is no significant Anglo-Saxon influence in English identity.
‘Anglo-Saxons and Celts, to the extent that they can be defined genetically, were both small immigrant minorities. Neither group had much more impact on the British Isles gene pool than the Vikings, the Normans or, indeed, immigrants of the past 50 years.’
He states that the majority of Britons are descended from hunter gatherers who arrived from Iberia 6000 years ago.
The white skinned, blue eyed Macculloch almost dances for joy when told he is ‘Spanish’ not English.
Oppenheimer though seems confused…because he tells us that we are not Celts….and that there are hardly any Celtic words in our language….but then that ‘Given the distribution of Celtic languages in southwest Europe, it is most likely that they were spread by a wave of agriculturalists who dispersed 7,000 years ago from Anatolia, travelling along the north coast of the Mediterranean to Italy, France, Spain and then up the Atlantic coast to the British Isles.’
So the Celts did come here.
But he also tells us…’So, based on the overall genetic perspective of the British, it seems that Celts, Belgians, Angles, Jutes, Saxons, Vikings and Normans were all immigrant minorities compared with the Basque pioneers, who first ventured into the empty, chilly lands so recently vacated by the great ice sheets.’
The question is where are these ‘Basques’ and where is their culture, where is their language? The answer is Wales.
If you want a near contemporary witness to the times look to the venerable Bede again:
‘These newcomers were from the three most formidable races of Germany, the Saxons, Angles and Jutes. From the Saxons – that is, the country now known as the land of the Old Saxons – came the East, South and West Saxons. And from the Angles – that is the country known as Angulus, which lies between the provinces of the Jutes and Saxons and is said to remain unpopulated to this day – are descended the East and Middle Angles, the Mercians, all the Northumbrian stock, and the other English peoples.’
These people who had no effect upon us?…strange we speak their language and live in places named after them:
Sussex from the Old English Sūþsēaxe (‘South Saxons‘), is an historic county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex.
That is the reliable observation of Bede….but is Oppenheimer the only geneticist who has studied this area?
And note these geneticists have evidence that backs up Bede’s observations about the various distributions of peoples.
Y Chromosome Evidence for Anglo-Saxon Mass Migration
‘The best explanation for our findings is that the Anglo-Saxon cultural transition in Central England coincided with a mass immigration from the continent.’
‘When we compared our data with an additional 177 samples collected in Friesland and Norway, we found that the Central English and Frisian samples were statistically indistinguishable. Using novel population genetic models that incorporate both mass migration and continuous gene flow, we conclude that these striking patterns are best explained by a substantial migration of Anglo-Saxon Y chromosomes into Central England.’
‘…no significant differences exist between Friesland and any of the Central English towns.
Furthermore, bootstrap tests revealed that the Central English (all five towns combined) are significantly more closely related to the Frisians than they are to the North Welsh.
Taken together, these results suggest considerable male-line commonality between Central England and Friesland.’
‘Further comparisons of these British samples with Basque data suggested that the male Celtic genetic component was Paleolithic in origin, and therefore, that subsequent cultural transitions in North Wales were not associated with substantial incoming male gene flow….in contrast to the Central English towns, the two North Welsh towns show highly significant differences, both from each other and from the five Central English towns.’
What this evidence points to is that the Welsh are the inheritors of the Basque/Celtic genetics in the main and that England did indeed have a mass migration from Northern Europe….archaeology tells us that whole areas were abandoned in Norhtern Europe…and Bede himself reports that….’Angulus (Original home of the Angles)…is said to remain unpopulated to this day’
This could be why most ‘English’ are fair, blue eyed and speak the Germanic language of ‘English’ which has negligible words of Celtic origin.
In other words there is a significant ethnic imprint that arrived here from Northern Europe and has dominated over the original inhabitants…who may now be the ‘Welsh’.
That various mix then of immigrants merged into one adopting one faith, one language and eventually one culture.
So Britain does have a unique culture and character and even an ethnic identity of its historical inhabitants deriving from mostly Northern European immigrants, one kept fairly individual over the course of the last 1000 years in which that identity and culture developed into the ‘British’ Character…individual character that other nations also possess……the French and Germans are well known for their own distinct personality and behaviours….No Japanese can be said to be in any way the same as a Yorkshire farmer.
To deny this is using highly selective and misleading, one sided scholarship is merely dishonest or incompetent. To deny it for political purposes, to push a pro-immigrant agenda is highly questionable morally….stripping a man of his identity and beliefs is the first stage to saying he doesn’t matter…..he is just a number….he is of no value.
A dangerous, slippery path towards what happened in Germany in the 1930’s and 40’s.