Tuesday, 13 January 2009

The BBC are on another planet

THE BBC were going into overdrive yesterday on the Prince Harry affair. Despite bigger news stories, BBC Radio 5 Live persisted with hour upon hour of coverage of Harry and the "paki" word. Nicky Campbell kicked things off at breakfast, then Victoria Deryshire at lunch, then 5 Live Drive, all linded up speaker after speaker jumping on the Muslim and/or the equality bandwagon to claim their pound of flesh from poor Harry.

As one of my researchers, Rory Allanson from London pointed out:

"I thought the BBC had a dedicated channel for Asians to express themsleves called BBC Asian Network. A dedicated channel paid for by you and me. No wonder many now have another name for the Corporation - "the Black Broadcasting Channel."

As I have frequently said on this blog, and will say so again and again, the BBC are so out of touch with the feelings of the British people. There was a classic example yesterday lunchtime when Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell, was trotted out to give the analysis on the whole sorry affair. He said that the public had divided into two camps over the issue. Those who were outraged at the remarks and wanted Harry to be disciplined and those who were outraged but believed Harry's apology should be accepted!

Witchell is right about one thing - that there are two camps, but wide of the mark in what each is thinking. There's the multi-racial brigade who are baying for blood and they make up around 10% of public opinion and then there's the traditional Brits who are amazed that there is so much fuss being made at this time about a silly remark made three years ago, which makes up the remaining 90%.

News from down the West Cumbrian coast at Barrow is that the BNP's Mike Ashburner has had his complaint against an opposition candidate for threatening and abusive behaviour at an election count rejected by the Standards Board. You can read the report here.

I got as far as this part of it before not bothering to read any further:

Now the council’s standards committee has looked into the matter and cleared Cllr Hamezeian.
In a statement, Ola Oduwole, corporate services director and monitoring officer for the council, said: “ . . . .

Once I saw the name of the monitoring officer I sort of guessed what the outcome would be.

There have been some squeals of anguish from our opponents after a distribution of the latest issue of Freedom in Newcastle. Hopefully they are upset because they can see that the newspaper is really going to appeal to voters in these difficult times and boost Ken Booth's vote in the city's Fenham by-election.

And here's a photo of our excellent candidate:


watling said...

Ola Oduwole? Good traditional Cumbrian name, that.

Cumbrian folklore has it that the Oduwole tribe migrated north from Lancashire, having originally settled in the Heathrow area of London way back in the 1990s.

Of course, details about events that took place such a long time ago are sketchy, but historians think the tribe came into conflict with the indigenous Pakistani population in the area, who predated the arrival of the Oduwole tribe there by something like 10 years.

Undeterred, the Oduwoles eked out a meagre existence in the remote marshlands of Staines and Hounslow, picking up a few hundred pounds here and there from the benevolent Labour people and selling their charming handcrafted ethnic wares (stolen DVD players, second-hand tax discs and a delicacy known as "smack") to the local merchants.

Over time some of the Oduwole tribe came under the influence of a sage known as The Guardian. This was a significant event for the tribe.

The wisdom of The Guardian enabled members of the tribe to gather many thousands of pounds from mysterious wealthy organisations known by outlandish names, such as the NHS and Hillingdon Borough Council.

Re-envigoured, the Oduwole tribe expanded and multiplied. Some dared to look beyond the borders of their tribal homeland of Middlesex.

One day, tribal chieftain Gimme Agiro Oduwole undertook a journey north and eventually found himself in the mythical city of Manchester. Oh joy, he thought when he encountered others who looked like him.

Realising that Manchester was the promised land for his people, Gimme Agiro Oduwole ordered the great migration of his people north. Many remained in Manchester, most choosing to settle in the beautiful region known as Moss Side, which is now renowned for its peacefulness, prosperity and harmony. A few decided to try their luck further north still, in the utopian settlements of Blackburn, Bury and Preston.

Eventually the Oduwole diaspora reached Cumbria and the rest, as they say, is history.

alanorei said...

re: The BBC are on another planet.

I wish! Well, mostly. Shaun the Sheep and a few other exceptional programmes are OK.

The rest could summarily be dispatched, appropriately enough, to Mars i.e. The Red Planet, by the next available space shuttle service and we'd all be all the better for it.