BBC offers apology and £30,000 to Muslim Council of Britain
Is not political debate supposed to be provocative? Does it not consist of the vigorous exchange of ideas, conflicting perspectives and contrary views? And may not the articulation of some of these offend?
It would appear not. For the BBC has officially abolished freedom of speech on its political flagship - Question Time. No longer will they broadcast an opinion with which they happen to disagree. No longer will political commentators be able to criticise the proclamations of Stonewall; no longer will they be permitted to criticise their beloved Labour Party or the minority Liberal Democrats. Political debate now falls under the totalitarian aegis of political correctness, and with true Newspeak censorship, ‘unacceptable’ arguments must be filtered out. And what cannot be said dare not be thought.
In a appalling capitulation to a vacuous ‘threat’ from the Muslim Council of Britain, the state broadcaster has not only apologised for comments made by Charles Moore, they have offered £30,000 of taxpayers’ money by way of compensation.
Cranmer is so incensed by this, he is considering joining Charles Moore’s campaign of non-payment of the TV licence.
The apology and offer of a financial settlement amount to an admission of error on the part of the BBC. And the error, it appears, was their decision to broadcast a comment made by Mr Moore on the conduct of the MCB in relation to their reluctance to condemn the behaviour and words of some of their co-religionists. Thus is Mr Moore guilty of a ‘thought-crime’ for an unacceptable ‘slur’ the good name and impeccable reputation of the MCB, which evidently amounts to blasphemy: Mohammed is insulted and Allah defamed.
But instead of defending the right of Mr Moore to hold or express such views, the BBC loyally pays its jizya (or, rather, pays it on our behalf), and offers material proof of the kafir’s acceptance of subjection to the shari’a state.
The row dates back to 12th March when Question Time chose to debate the protests in Luton of a group of Islamic extremists during a homecoming parade by the Royal Anglian Regiment. These professing Muslims heckled the troops and waved placards which read 'Butchers of Basra' and 'British Government: Terrorist Government'. Charles Moore simply criticised the leadership of MCB for failing to condemn the killing and kidnapping of British soldiers overseas: thus, he averred, do they tacitly support such atrocity. The reason is manifest; the logic impeccable.
The BBC’s cowardly compliance with the divine will of the MCB is in marked contrast to the refusal of Communities Secretary Hazel Blears to settle a similar defamation claim.
While the ‘chipmunk’ bares her teeth to militant Islam, Mr Moore has effectively had his removed by the BBC. He has been humiliated; left sucking with his gums that religio-political cancer which needs biting off, chewing and spewing out.
This is not a matter for censorship: it is one for freedom of speech. The BBC had better never invite His Grace on to the show. Setting aside the manifest inconvenience of his having no corporeal presence, the state broadcaster might find itself having to edit out all the manifest common sense he would spout, all the truth he would articulate, and all the enlightenment he would bring.
And we can’t have licence-fee payers subject to such that sort of corrosive diet, can we?