England does exist as a country after all, it seems. BBC presenters have been instructed to refer to “England” not the UK when presenting news programmes. What an about turn, eh?
Or not, as the case may be…
In its latest dictum on how to cover the unrest, the corporation said it was changing policy “in recognition of the sensitivities involved for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland”.
A BBC spokesman explained: “While the rioting and disturbances have been taking place in England, our initial approach was guided by the story’s impact for the UK as a whole – for example, the UK Prime Minister returning from holiday and the decision to recall the UK Parliament.
“However, with the events confined to several cities and towns in England and not Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we have listened to feedback from our audiences and are now referring to ‘England riots’ in our on-going coverage for absolute clarity.”
Why am I not surprised? It takes the bad behaviour of a minority to hit the headlines for England to have its identity recognised. So, again, the English hating BBC can refer to our nation in a bad light. Will they be referring to that expensive white elephant in the east of London as the 2012 English Olympic games? I doubt it, somehow.
So, I guess, it’s carry on as you were. Same old double standards. Nothing to see here.