The anti-Anglicanism of the BBC
“When he came to the throne, Henry was the pious prince who ruled an England at the heart of Catholic Europe.
"When he died, he was the great schismatic, who had created a national church and an insular, xenophobic politics that shaped the development of England for the next 500 years."
This is priceless religio-political impartiality.
The BBC is constitutionally established by a Royal Charter which begins:
ELIZABETH THE SECOND by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith...
That would be an insular and xenophobic faith
Accoring to this Charter, the BBC ‘exists to serve the public interest’ by:
(a) sustaining citizenship and civil society;
(b) promoting education and learning;
(c) stimulating creativity and cultural excellence;
(d) representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities;
One might expect some impartial appreciation of the contribution of the National Church to five centuries of civil society, especially from the ‘Trust member for England’, who is supposed to be qualified by virtue of:
(a) his knowledge of the culture, characteristics and affairs of the people in the nation for which he is to be designated;
(b) his close touch with opinion in that nation.
Whoever be the Trust member for England is plainly out of touch with both. Indeed, if he or she were in ‘close touch’ with the opinion of England, one might expect to hear more about England’s attitude towards the EU, or its desire for and English parliament.
Perhaps the explanation for the omissions are found in the preamble to the Charter, in which Her Majesty states that ‘it has been represented to Us by Our right trusty and well beloved Counsellor Tessa Jowell, Our Principal Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport...’
Well beloved Tessa Jowell she may be. But right and trusty?