Liberal Bigotry

 

 

The BBC has been up to its old tricks of censoring programmes that send out the ‘wrong’ message….and even politicians have started to take note that the BBC is not a force for good, not a force for uniting Britain, not a force for maintaining social cohesion and stability…it is in reality a racist, anti-white, anti-British, pro-terrorism, pro-EU, pro-mass immigration extremist organisation that spreads hate and division….just look how it treated Jacob Rees-Mogg when he revealed his views on abortion and gay marriage……

NORMAN LAMONT: By refusing to air Rule, Britannia! at Proms concerts in Wales and Scotland the BBC undermines its reason to exist

The Last Night Of The Proms is a unique international celebration. It features singers, orchestras and conductors from all over the globe.

Nobody at this multinational festival is remotely offended when it culminates in a mass rendition of the most stirring patriotic music ever written, including Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory.

But in a move as outrageous as it was ridiculous, the BBC failed to broadcast those climactic moments of the Last Night in all regions of the United Kingdom on Saturday.

The performance at the Royal Albert Hall was beamed to Proms In The Park gatherings in Swansea and Glasgow, as well as Hyde Park in London and County Fermanagh’s Castle Coole. All four venues received a live feed of the BBC Concert Orchestra playing Sir Henry Wood’s sea shanties, taken from his Fantasia On British Sea Songs. 

But while the English and Northern Irish audiences were then able to join in the rousing anthems of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory, that part of the broadcast was mysteriously missing in Scotland and Wales.

I was simply appalled by the decision. It is about far more than music.

The BBC was denying people the opportunity to celebrate their Britishness. In doing so, it is denying our collective identity as a United Kingdom, and promoting separatism.

It is encouraging the cultural disintegration of our country, and fostering the pernicious idea that people in Wales and Scotland have nothing to do with those in England.

The fact cannot be ignored that, in the digital age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify the existence of the BBC. There is a greater variety of news and entertainment sources than ever before. People absorb information from a multitude of channels, above all from the web and from social media.

Yet I have been opposed to all calls for the abolition of the licence fee because it seemed to me our national broadcaster was just that — a force for unification, a common cause binding the disparate reaches of our islands into a single whole.

The BBC is not just a symbol of national identity but also the means by which we feel that identity.

Without it, we would have the monarchy and sport in common, but not much else. The BBC is meant to be a national institution.

Millions of people outside Britain interpret our national character through the lens of the BBC. And its schedules affect the way we perceive ourselves, and what it means to be part of the United Kingdom family, wherever we live. This to me is the strongest argument that remains for the continued funding by the licence fee of the BBC. And by its atrocious decision not to broadcast Rule, Britannia! in Wales and Scotland, it undermines its own reason to exist.

I have come to the decision that the simplest thing would be to abolish the Corporation altogether, while maintaining one or two small-scale services such as Radio 4. 

There’s a lot of vanity about the BBC. It still clings to the belief it is the best broadcaster in the world. But that is no longer the case: its news service is inferior to CNN and Al Jazeera, especially on international affairs, and it no longer provides current affairs analysis of the highest quality.

Since the Brexit referendum last year, the bias of the broadcaster has been increasingly obvious. Barely an evening goes by without an interview with some businessman who claims to be anxious about the effect of leaving the EU. 

Yet we never hear the counter-argument — that foreign investment is increasing and that British exports are at the highest level for over 20 years. The bias of BBC editors seems to filter out those facts before they ever reach our screens.

They have a sworn duty under their charter to be impartial, and it’s hard to see how BBC bosses could have been unaware that the Last Night of the Proms has become politically sensitive.

There is nothing xenophobic about a boisterous crowd singing Rule, Britannia! — just as there is nothing aggressive about a rousing chorus of La Marseillaise from French supporters at Twickenham before a rugby match… a far more blood-curdling set of verses.

The BBC has chosen to shoehorn its divisive political attitudes into an occasion where it has no place. In doing so, it stands accused of encouraging the break-up of the United Kingdom and denying our national identity. That, I believe, is unforgivable.

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Liberal Bigotry

  1. Demon says:

    Not for the first time Norman Lamont is right in most of what he says. The only bit I disagree with him is “This to me is the strongest argument that remains for the continued funding by the licence fee of the BBC. “. However he still moves to the only decent conclusion:- scrap the “B”BC altogether.

    It’s what I said the other day about taking the Proms off the BBC totally and give them to another broadcaster who would respect and love the Proms. A UK version of Fox would be ideal for them, and it would also start to balance up the bigoted left-wing stations. We would need half a dozen Foxes, though, to completely balance the output.

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  2. MarkyMark says:

    BBC fails to highlight kinks in Merkel’s armour regards “Mrs Merkel’s political opponents were strongly in favour. But the chancellor, who signalled her backing for a free vote only on Monday, voted against.’” {bbc.co.uk jun2017}“Is this the most powerful person (Merkel) in the world” who does not like gay marriage and the BBC are unwilling to notice that slight flaw in the article.

    – But the BBC always includes comments on those for and against gay relationships and highlights these issues …. don’t they?
    – Would this be reported differently if it was Theresa May or Jacob Rees-Mogg or the Pope regards beliefs?
    – Article on Merkel does not mention Cologne attacks were hidden and under reported
    – “Merkel repeatedly appealed for a quota system to evenly distribute asylum seekers across the EU. She was ignored.” – Merkel creates influx of people, tell everyone they have to accept it via quota system but was ignored, yet she does not stick to ideology – this is a very misleading article?
    – The BBC are an impartial news source writing on the Merkel just before the German elections creating a picture of a very practical woman in charge but missing lots of events that draw a different picture.
    – And the UK TV Tax Payer pays for this one sided reporting!

    “She’s (Merkel) predictable but she’ll never stick to an ideology (but what about immigration) just for the sake of it which is very un-German. Germans are known to stick to their traditions and ideologies. (but what about immigration!)”

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  3. TruthSeeker says:

    I consider the current staff of the BBC, to be the problem.
    New employment policies are required after we eliminate current BBC staff.
    The contributors to this site, authorised by Royal proclamation, must choose future BBC employees.
    Lamont and Co are part of the problem, too late for their Pauline conversions, they missed their opportunity.
    Vote UKIP.

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  4. JimS says:

    I didn’t see much of the Proms this year but I did see the marvellous performance of Finlandia, it, as always, brought a tear to my eye even though I am not of that land:

    Finland, behold, thy daylight now is dawning,
    the threat of night has now been driven away.
    The skylark calls across the light of morning,
    the blue of heaven lets it have its way,
    and now the day the powers of night is scorning:
    thy daylight dawns, O Finland of ours!

    Finland, arise, and raise towards the highest
    thy head now crowned with mighty memory.
    Finland, arise, for to the world thou criest
    that thou hast thrown off thy slavery,
    beneath oppression’s yoke thou never liest.
    Thy morning’s come, O Finland of ours!

    There is nothing wrong with loving one’s country BBC, try it, you might like it.

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  5. Guest Who says:

    The bbc ‘sets the record straight’, behind a paywall.

    Bless.

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  6. s.trubble says:

    When Robinson recently said along the lines ” it is our (bBC) job to tell you and educate you when you are wrong” or words to that effect …it was a clear warning that their narrative was hardening………….they probably feel more secure with the weakened Conservative majority.

    A further example of this was the recent line taken by the grossly overpaid DJ Humphreys regarding the growing portents of a forthcoming “winter of discontent” He seemed gleeful at the prospect. Maybe he likes candles?

    You can bet this rancid bBC will be doing their utmost by injecting people like Annelise Dodds, Frances O’Grady . Len McCluskey, J, O’Donnel et al into our daily lives.

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  7. Englands Dreaming says:

    Today there is a good example on the website of the Beebs subtle anti British bias.
    “British Museum sorry for labelling row”
    http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41254560

    This is a complete non story, though it is given poll position on the website, about how the PC obsessed people in charge of our institutions (The head of the BM is in fact German!) are terrified of being smeared as racists. Reading the article it seems pretty clear that there was no racism at all and its just a Twitter storm. But the Beeb by highlighting the story and giving it top billing are pushing a false narrative that the British Museum is somehow racist – I mean look at its name, fair cop guv.

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  8. Amounderness Lad says:

    Not broadcasting Rule, Britannia to Scotland? Somebody should tell the numpties at the BBC, and probably the SNP as well, that Rule, Britannia was written by a Scot and refers to the whole of Britain and not any one particular part of it.

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  9. s.trubble says:

    Mr Amounderness

    This is because the bBC Scotland are pandering to the SNP and its surge supporters………..the so called Irish Diaspora.
    This significant element has bought into the SNP narrative – the write off of the £600 m unpaid poll tax ( I kid you not) may have helped.

    On a positive note if you would wish to refresh yourself in a glorious Scottish rendition of Rule Britannia……..it can be heard at Ibrox Stadium , Glasgow on a regular basis!!

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