The Beeb Finally Recognises England

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.

7 comments for “The Beeb Finally Recognises England

  1. August 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Yes, LR, says it all.

  2. August 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    The double standards the BBC use are as predictable as they are depressing.

    English when bad British when good.
    Scottish when good, British when bad.
    Welsh when good, British when bad.

    You write into complain and get fobbed off.

  3. dearieme
    August 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    It is an English habit to describe as “British” various flaws in England, and to describe as “English” sundry British features. Thus, any cock-up in the English courts will be described as a black day for British justice.

    Mind you, I suspect that the Beeb doesn’t understand what it is admitting to – that England is more plagued with uncivilised exotics.

  4. Paul
    August 13, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Much as I see myself as British first and not English first, I have noticed this terrible double standard in the BBC. Either refer to England when it is always relevant or not at all. Don’t try and use this as a stick to batter the English with.

    Honestly.

  5. August 13, 2011 at 7:18 am

    That’s probably one of the most appalling things I’ve ever seen the Beeb do! Now I wish the rioters had trashed their TV HQ…

  6. David A. Evans.
    August 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I seem to recall, (perhaps incorrectly,) Michael Flanders noting something similar back in the ’60s.

  7. Fred Forsythe (not the)
    August 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    It is of commercial import.
    The Scottish factions that still reside (some would say infest) in our establishment do not want this riotous behaviour to affect their tourist industry.
    England is violent don’t go there; come to Bonny Scroatland in peace and harmony.
    Was it not the Scottish dominated Labour Party that built the housing and opened English borders to immigrants whilst devolving their own country so that they could approve their own planning laws in order to control and restrict the housing supply for immigrants?
    Was it not the Scot Blair that quietly closed every asylum office in Scotland and had all asylum seekers directed to English cities?

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