Saturday, 14 July 2012

Terry's Chocolate Orange to be banned?

Not exactly a good press this morning for John Terry despite the fact that he was declared innocent yesterday. The verdict appears to be a trifling matter though to a British media with a pathological obsession with "racism".

You have to wonder what level of torment would have awaited Mr Terry should the verdict have gone the other way.Most probably the addition of a racially aggravated public order offence to his medals cabinet would have been enough to have him literally driven from the country, even I don't have one of those.

You can see the full judgement from yesterday's inquisition here as we await the measure of the FA's vindictiveness.Don't discount the Chelsea captain having to play next season with a bewildering array of Soviet-style "anti-racist"propaganda messages emblazoned all over his shirt.

Speaking of Soviet-style brainwashing, here's a response to a complaint put in about the recent BBC Radio Four brainwasher ‘No Extremists Please - We're British’ broadcast on the 10th July.

Thanks for contacting the BBC regarding ‘No Extremists Please - We're British’ broadcast on the 10th July: I understand that you feel that a link advertising the programme was biased as it did not given those mentioned negatively a chance to respond, in particular the BNP.

This is an authored programme by Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission who conducts a personal investigation into why extremist parties have never gained a significant electoral foothold in Britain. In the course of his investigation he talks to politicians, academics and voters, here and in Europe, including a face-to-face interview with Marine Le Pen.

We feel it's reasonable to broadcast a personal investigation programme and it doesn't necessarily have to also feature responses or interviews with every group or individual mentioned in the programme. We simply seek to provide forums for debate and give full opportunity for all viewpoints to be heard across a huge range of subject matter. Every effort is made to ensure that a range of views is represented and tested over a reasonable period, but it is not always possible or practical to reflect all the different opinions on any subject within individual programmes or discussions.

The BBC makes no editorial comment or judgement on any of the views expressed, and our aim is simply to provide enough information for viewers and listeners to make up their own minds. This may include hearing opinions which some people may personally disagree with but which individuals may be fully entitled to hold in the context of legitimate debate.

Senior editorial staff, the Board of Management and the BBC Trust keep a close watch on programmes to ensure that standards of impartiality are maintained. That said, all of your comments have been registered on our audience log. Audience reaction is crucial to the BBC and this log is an internal report of feedback which we compile daily and make available to all channel executives, including the BBC Executive board.

I can assure you that we do take our complaints seriously and the logs are seen as important documents whereby our audience can help shape decisions about the future of our programming and content. Thank you again for taking the time to write to us and bringing your feelings on this matter to our attention.

 Kind Regards Audrie Wilson BBC Complaints

In other important breaking news and contrasting with dire predictions that the "hybrid" seeds saved from my Tesco Piccolo tomatoes would never bear fruit, I offer this picture. My success not being due to witchcraft and certainly not assisted by the weather.