Apparently, the BBC does not wish to ‘politicise’ the attacks. Instead they would have us believe that these atrocities were carried out by disaffected ‘Belgians.’ It’s so much easier that way.
That these so-called ‘Belgians’ have names such as Ibrahim el-Bakraoui blithely passes the BBC by. What’s in a name huh? A ‘Belgian’ is a ‘Belgian’ is a ‘Belgian,’ right? Well no, not quite.
Several years ago Norman Tebbit was predictably slaughtered by the Liberal media after his infamous ‘cricket test’ remark. Talking of matters immigration, Mr Tebbit got into very hot water.
Here’s what the Tory MP said back then:
‘A large proportion of Britain's Asian population fail to pass the cricket test. Which side do they cheer for? It's an interesting test. Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?’
Tebbit’s point – that nationality status does not necessarily correspond to loyalty or indeed shared values – was back then, and is even more today, an entirely legitimate point.
You can indeed import millions of migrants into Europe every year. That’s the easy bit. You can give them ‘Belgian’ passports and nationality. Even easier. Such a course of action is more than adequate to satisfy the BBC and their Liberal friends.
But woe betide anyone who dares broach an ‘awkward’ question – a question such as the cricket test. Woe betide anyone who dares ask about assimilation, about shared values. Racist! Xenophobe! Bigot! Nazi!
Such has been their eagerness to avoid ‘awkward’ questions, presenters like Newsnight’s Evan Davis have at best looked plain ridiculous, at worst disingenuous and at times downright cowardly this week.
Despatched post-haste to the Belgian capital, Davis has looked every inch the effete Liberal.
He’s uttered the usual platitudes about ‘unity’ and ‘prayers and thoughts.’ I don’t doubt for a single minute he’s been moved by the teddy bears and floral tributes either. But no amount of teddy bears are going to get this man and his organisation to face the problem that is staring Western Europe in the face.
Davis was a confused man on Wednesday night’s edition of the programme. Tough gig, evading all those ‘awkward’ questions. The more the presenter avoided the taboo words, the more ridiculous he looked.
In order to help Davis, here’s a few of ‘awkward’ questions that he can feel free to use anytime:
1) Without a network of support within their (Muslim) communities, just how do terrorist cells manage to operate with such impunity in cities like Brussels?
2) Is it merely coincidence that European cities with large density of Muslim populations are connected with terrorist activities?
3) What proportion of ethnic Belgians are connected to terrorism?
4) What goes on inside Belgian’s mosques?
5) Is mass Islamic immigration into a small country like Belgium really such a good idea?
And just to finish…
6) Which national cricket (or football) team do these ‘Belgians’ support?
Oh dear. Plenty of BBC ‘taboos’ broken there. Perhaps it’s about time those cowards at Broadcasting House grew a pair of balls.
Or maybe not.
Perhaps it’s better to just light a few scented candles and post a trite message about your ‘prayers and thoughts’ and join Evan Davis, Kirsty Wark and Emily Maitlis in a group hug.
Don’t expect things to change anytime soon. It will take a seismic change in culture to alter how the BBC goes about its business; a change from a culture of cowardice, appeasement and denialism. Don’t hold your breathe.
So, until the next time…