Generally speaking it’s pretty inoffensive stuff: Wind farms, metal detector discoveries and baby-eating pit-bulls. Every day tales of northern life. Regional news - riveting stuff I think you'll agree, but do read on, it does get (a little) better.
Here in the North-West we have the added value of watching the chemistry between goody-two-shoes presenter Roger Johnson and his number one fan, Beccy Meehan. It’s amazing that Ms. Meehan manages to keep her ass on the sofa, such is the way she clings onto Johnson’s every word. Oh such fun. But I digress.
Tonight, however, it got serious – almost.
Following the Labour by-election victory in Oldham and Royton the programme opened with its usual series of teases: One such tease promised to report on, ‘UKIP’s concerns over irregular voting patterns in the election.’
For a very brief moment it looked as if the BBC might be about to do the unthinkable: report a story objectively. This should be good I thought. Meanwhile the microwave button rang. Dinner was ready, but I just couldn’t tear myself away from the TV. This might, after all, be a once in a lifetime experience.
The Oldham by-election scandal certainly flies in the face of virtually all the corporation’s dearly-held multicultural doctrines, especially that of cultural relativity, whereby the cultural practices and beliefs of every culture are held up to be of ‘equal’ value. FGM, forced marriage, inter-family marriage – the list goes on.
Such practices according to the BBC and their ilk are merely ‘different’ not inferior. To this list of fascinatingly ‘different’ cultural practices could be added attitudes to democracy which may even involve, whisper it, corruption…Shhh!
Like many others I have watched incredulously over the past few years as postal voting fraud has become an increasingly common phenomenon within the British electoral system.
Rather inconveniently for the BBC this type of fraud occurs entirely within their cherished Muslim communities. Indeed prior to the advent of multi-culturalism such practices were unheard of in the UK.
Just another example of ‘cultural relativity,’ presumably.
And so back to the regional news. I knew my microwave dinner would be cooling quickly, but like I said I couldn’t take my eyes off the telly. How would the BBC present this? Usually they just ignore facts which undermine their fervent promotion of multi-culturalism – particularly so when it involves examples of ‘cultural relativity.’
Parents and children in Rotherham can certainly bear testament to that.
And so the regional news. Johnson, with Meehan cocking her head adoringly in his direction, turned his attention to Oldham. This was going to be good. And yes, I had not misheard, the presenter did indeed allude to UKIP’s concerns about the sudden and very large number of postal votes from the Asian community, which had conveniently materialised to ensure a Labour victory.
“Over to our reporter Joe Bloggs in Oldham to get reaction…” From the Salford studio we found ourselves on the streets of Oldham.
“Has anyone ever stopped you from voting in an election?” asked the reporter to a veiled lady. “No,” came the reply. Cut to:
“Has anyone ever influenced you to vote one way or another,” asked same reporter to another veiled lady. “No, never,” came the reply. And with that we were back in Salford where Johnson busily was wiping Meehan’s spittle off his shoulders.
And so that was that. The investigation into irregular voting patterns had concluded. And the conclusion? There never were any irregularities. Well blow me what a surprise.
Not even the merest mention of the fact that, along with several other predominantly Muslim areas, Oldham and Royton had been on the Electoral Commission’s watch list of constituencies deemed to be at risk of serious fraud linked to postal voting. Not even a mention. It had all been a dream, a right-wing fantasy.
Hadn’t we just seen and heard the ‘proof?’
Imagine you are a Muslim lady, out shopping in Oldham and a BBC reporter doorsteps you. What would you do? Bring up any misgivings? Dob in your brother, uncle or husband? Bring ‘dishonour’ to you family on television?
Now we all know what happens to women who ‘dishonour’ their families, right? Well, all of us apart from the BBC. In the corridors of Broadcasting House they just call it cultural relativity, they really do.
Ah yes, cultural relativity - something that allows the media and political elite to bury their heads in the sand. Something that also allows them, in the best traditions of cowards, to turn a blind eye when faced with the unpalatable truths of their beloved minority groups whom they daily cannonise.
Of course the real loser here is democracy. But I guess in the BBC's rose-coloured multi-cultural world, where all cultural practices are equal, who are we to cling onto such a fearful reminder of western hegemony as democracy?
I mean how unsophisticated, how bourgeoise. Hadn't you heard Britain is changing? So worry not about the increasing abuse of Britain's electoral system. You're just showing your age, that's all. Showing your fear of cultural relativity. Tower Hamlets, Birmingham, Blackburn, Oldham. Cultural relativity in all its glory.
I have a terrible feeling that one day in the not too distant future, there will be a word used to describe those old fuddy-duddys who look askance at cultural relativity and its charming version of 'democracy.'
Racist. That's what they call you, if the Twitter Taliban have not already done so of course.
We're rather fond of sending UN observers to oversee elections in places like Zimbabwe aren't we? makes us feel good, superior even. Surely the day cannot be far away when they are a regular presence at another country infamous for its questionable democratic practices: