Saturday, May 30, 2009

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?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They capitulate so easily, because the money is not theirs and they get so much of it [more than most small countries do to run the whole of their public services], that this amount is tiny, and expendable, compared the threats of beheadings which would follow if they didn't pay up and shut up when muslim tell them to.
We are a nation led by and represented by donkeys. Lest they who threaten us get the wrong impression - Luton spoke out recently and speaks for the majority of us. Well done, Luton.

30 May 2009 at 10:33  
Blogger McKenzie said...

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30 May 2009 at 10:36  
Blogger Gnostic said...

No longer should we be expected to fund this appalling joke of a broadcast medium. The BBC are little more than a biased, on message, socialist mouthpiece so let the Trots and the Fabians fund it. But not with OUR bloody money!

30 May 2009 at 10:58  
Blogger Bardirect said...

This of course is the very same edition in which Sayeeda Warsi called them "nutters".

That's alright then.

30 May 2009 at 11:10  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

The telly tax should be abolished. Surely we have some legal right to challenge the fact that we are required by law to pay it?

30 May 2009 at 11:59  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Your Grace,
As the Muslim population grows, so freedom of speech will become ever more circumscribed. You know this to be true.

Which path, then, will you take? The path called 'political correctness', which will lead to the Islamization of Britain and the death of free speech? Or, the path called 'racist bigot BNP supporter' which will lead to Britain remaining a Christian country with complete freedom of speech?

Of course, I need not ask. To salve your conscience, Your Grace will choose the path of political correctness and, in doing so, will make the fundamental error of tolerating the intolerant.

Mecca is sincerely grateful to Your Grace.

30 May 2009 at 12:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why bother with a TV at all ?

You can get all you want off the internet. BBC iPlayer doesn't need a TV licence. Legal downloads of your latest Eastenders etc can be got from the bittorrent site UK Nova.

Save the cash, and ditch the TV.

You'll be amazed by how much you don't miss it.

30 May 2009 at 12:22  
Anonymous Bethel said...

How could His Grace ever be invited to appear on Question Time when he has had no corporeal being for several hundred years??!!

30 May 2009 at 12:22  
Anonymous Einstein said...

BBC= bullshit x MC²

30 May 2009 at 12:33  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...


And the BBC has even managed to show Hazel Blears in a good light.

30 May 2009 at 12:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not at all surprising. When the Prince of Wales purportedly wants to abandon the title "Defender of the Faith", when Oxford has to endure the "call to prayer", when British troops are verbally assaulted by Muslim protestors after returning home, when the Archbushop of Canterbury supports the principle of sharia in the UK, when Sandhurst allows officer cadets to only swear allegiance to Allah, what more can you expect? Britain is ever so slowly but inexorably surrendering to Islam.

30 May 2009 at 12:44  
Blogger McKenzie said...

In fact, if:

E = MC² and BBC= bullshit x MC²


Cranmer/EMC² x bullshit= Cranmer on BBC.

The Lazarus effect. It could be done Your Grace (in theory).

30 May 2009 at 12:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BBC is well past it's sell by date. It has worked against the interests of it's licence payers for decades. If we took a vote I would scrap it and not honour one pension and declare top and middle management unemployable.

30 May 2009 at 12:50  
Blogger Bishop Brennan said...


I hardly watch anything on the BBC these days anyway. As you say, Your Grace, time to abandon the TV licence, I think.

30 May 2009 at 13:01  
Anonymous BBC said...

They demanded an apology. So we said, OK you want us to apologise do you? So we said we will apologise and also offer 30,000 quid of tax payers money, see how that goes down the shit butty tube.

And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Heh heh heh!

30 May 2009 at 13:08  
Anonymous Maturecheese said...

This is outrageous but we can all moan about it till the cows come home, nothing will change. The MSM is sown up tight, the big three parties are all on message and we the electorate( well the indigenous ones anyway)are inconsequential.

Unfortunately, sensible and needed change will never happen under the current regime and it is going to take a party like the BNP to make it happen which saddens me as they are also a "Big State" party. Never the less I have no option but to vote that way.

30 May 2009 at 13:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ITV is no better. Britain has got talent, it just needs to throw a tantrum to get its own way first.

30 May 2009 at 13:20  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

No offence was committed, nobody was insulted, slandered or slurred, and the BBC owed no money to anyone. An individual or group of individuals on some committee or other at the BBC dreamt up the wheeze of throwing away £30,000. They ought to be made to fund their mistake out of their own pockets.

30 May 2009 at 13:33  
Anonymous Remember Bamiyan said...

You've heard of dhimmitude, now maybe it's time for some harbitude.

30 May 2009 at 13:50  
Anonymous Cra said...

Charles Moore has a good track record in standing up for Christians persecuted in Muslim countries. The politically-correct establishment in the UK, which of course includes the BBC, has an ambiguous attitude towards Christian converts from Islam who are persecuted for their faith. Sadly we in the established Church have not always been as forthright as the Roman Catholic Mr Moore in supporting these persecuted 'brethren' of the Lord Jesus, as He describes them in the parable of the sheep and goats in Matthew 25.

30 May 2009 at 16:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I mean to post as Cranmer's Curate above.

30 May 2009 at 16:32  
Anonymous len said...

The E U is attempting to remove all traces of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob from society.By doing so the have ( whether intentionally or not)sown the seeds of our destruction.By abolishing God they have created a spiritual vacuum which radical Islam is rushing in to fill.
All the liberals, the 'free thinkers' those who wish to live their life in a Godless universe are going to have a terrible shock when they realise the true nature of Islam.
In this politically correct world truth comes in two forms,the politically correct ,and the factually correct. The politically correct truth is publicly proclaimed by politicians,celebrities, and the BBC even if it is wrong, while the factually correct truth is publicly condemned even when it is right!.
The Orwellian nightmare is becoming a reality in the E U .

30 May 2009 at 17:47  
Anonymous not a machine said...

i hadnt initially looked at it that way your grace , but you are right ,question time should be free for panelists to speak as they wish , without fear from the thought police .

i see now how the it has been warped .

cant they put a disclaimer on the invites and before viweing , not that they should mind you .

somthing like .
"the program you are about to see contains views which are not neccessarily that of the labour party "

30 May 2009 at 18:35  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Well I think it’s not up to the BBC to get involved in any divergence views between guests they have on and anyone else. They are only the medium by which the views are aired. If the BBC have actually received a writ or any threat of one then why didn’t they convey this to Dr Bari and the MCB? Why have the spineless bunch offered up an apology and the publics money on Mr Moore’s behalf? We do not all support their decision to do this and they have in a way undermined the government. I think we should all support him and stop paying our licence fees.

30 May 2009 at 19:31  
Anonymous not a mouse said...

Yup - throw away the telly. Most of the programmes are garbage anyway, even when or if they aren't eu propaganda. And I certainly don't watch any that are about, or run by, mozzies.

By the same token, I now refuse to patronize their businesses or to be served by them in our own businesses - I move on to indigenous tellers or assistants. And if I ever have the misfortune to find myself in the NHS - I shall refuse to be treated by them.

The people of this country must have some recourse against this enemy and the traitors within (including the BBC). We need to get moving against them. I think to wait another year for them to consolidate their gains is weak and stupid in the extreme.

30 May 2009 at 19:36  
Anonymous John Malcolmson said...

I stopped paying my licence fee when the BBC reinstated Jonathan Ross.

Not only would it do almost anything to appease minorities, it is also run largely by people with the moral standards of sewer rats.

30 May 2009 at 19:38  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

I remember.... the old BBC film taken when the British Army moved into a Nazi concentration camp at the end of WWII - can't recall whether it was Auschwitz or Dachau. But I have never forgotten the commentator, and the break in his voice as he recognized the horror of what had happened there. That reporter was Richard Dimbleby....

I wonder what he'd think of David's position, now that Britain's the Gulag?

30 May 2009 at 19:43  
Anonymous Tally said...

Here's a thought. How about collecting all the goggle boxes that people don't want, and finding a way to dump them at the doorsteps of select locations - like the BBC, Downing Street, or the Neu Ratcellar (HOP).
We might add a lot of newspapers, periodicals, and other marxist media to the pile, just for good measure.

And if we could find a BBC rival to broadcast footage showing the dumps...

30 May 2009 at 20:08  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

The BBC has to go.

30 May 2009 at 20:55  
Anonymous Dave said...

First we don't know if the BBC HAVE actually offered this cash. That seems to be a sum the Mail have made up.
But for a Muslim group to demand an apology because they DO support our Troops seems fair enough, no?
As for Mr Cranmer and his threat of speaking truth and common sense... well common sense is just the label we give our own prejudice. I'd hope his grace would be able to think a bit deeper.

30 May 2009 at 23:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume the the order to do this came from Labour Party for reasons best known to themselves - well BBC is just another Labour Party poodle.

31 May 2009 at 00:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave - mozzies DO support our troops? By advocating that extremists kill and kidnap our men, etc?

Or are other facts available that we've missed?

31 May 2009 at 00:16  
Anonymous Stephen Gash said...

What is this Muslim Council of Britain?
How many members does it have?
Does it have more lawyers than members?
Where is its office? What is its address?
The BBC should have called its bluff.
There should be a mass campaign of not paying the TV tax.

31 May 2009 at 01:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims obviously have no sense of humour, nor can they take a debate.

Nor can they complain to ofcom, like everyone else does - its obviously too much for their tiny brains.

Just what part are they complaining about, and why are they NOT categorically denying and condeming all radicals, extremists, terrorists etc.

Why are they not co-operating with the police to expose the extremists and mosques that promote hate?

Why are they happy to waste a large sum of licence payers money because a member of the BRITISH PUBLIC has an opinion?

31 May 2009 at 02:12  
Blogger FireForce said...

Muslims want to overthrow the west, they want a kalifate world, they are using our money for that advancement, why are they 2, million muslim voters in the U.K.???
The answer is because they vote labour!
If they do not like our country, then get out.
If we look at what happened after dunblain, all pistol shooting was stopped by both governments banned pistolshoting in the U.K. however after muslims kill people in London, muslims are not hrown out of the country, I am prepared to say that not all muslims are terrorists, how ever the result is not the same as to pistol shooters, both reactions can not be the same.
Either we get pistol shooting back or all muslim are thrown out ofthe U.K.
Sauce for the Goose, Sauce for the Gander...

31 May 2009 at 07:35  

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