Andrea Jenkyns (the one on the right)
Perhaps the most egregious lie of all is the pretence that the BBC is engaging in an act of censorship, merely because the scaled-down Last Night of the Proms will feature both Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory, but neither piece will be sung (Elgar’s first Pomp and Circumstance March, to which the words Land of Hope and Glory were later added, began life as a purely instrumental work). So, big deal.
What a happy chappie
Well, it was a big deal to not-really-racist-honestly minor thesp Laurence Fox, who urged his fans to download a version of the Elgar with Vera Lynn singing the words. This has topped the download charts, to the delight of ignorant opportunist Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns who trilled “Land of Hope and Glory reaches number 1. A Knighthood for [Laurence Fox]! The king of anti establishment and anti-wokeness. Bravo!”
Yes, a knighthood is so anti-establishment, isn’t it? This did not impress @paulonbooks who responded “And just behind Tucker Carlson in the Gobshite Of The Day Stakes is Andrea Jenkyns with this drivel. Reminder: we pay MPs £81,932 per year”.
Sean O’Connor was also less than totally enamoured of the situation: “what bothers me far more about Mr Fox, with his privileged - yes privileged - position and ‘media visibility’, is his dreadful take on [Black Lives Matter], his spiteful ‘anti-wokeness’ and what appear to me to be some really awful views and opinions”. Also, others encourage him.
Justin Webb (no relation) put it succinctly. “What I object most to is this mechanism [Fox leveraging his fan base for clicks and donations] being facilitated by someone like [Jeremy Vine on Channel 5] who absolutely should know better. Fox has the right to an opinion, but not to airtime or national exposure. Broadcasters shouldn't be leveraging his dog whistle racism for clicks”. Also, the clinging to so-called “tradition” is misplaced.
As one Tweeter put it, “Reminder that not only has the BBC dropped Land of Hope & Glory from Last Night before & no one wet their pants, but the Conservative Party dropped it from their conference that year as well”. That was in 2001, after the 9/11 attacks.
And as for the incessant “woke” whinge of right-wing mouth artists (as well as Piers Morgan), perhaps we should consider the definition given by Oxford Dictionaries: “alert to injustice in society, especially racism”. Perhaps Ms Jenkyns, whose salary and expenses are paid by We The People, could explain why it is suddenly A Very Good Thing to be opposed to those alert to injustice in society, and especially racism.
Laurence Fox is free to be as anti-anti-racist as he chooses. That is not what we should be seeing from those paid from the public purse. Hello Andrea Jenkyns.
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