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London Fashion Week: “Have you ever felt such a burkha before?”

Goodness! It seems to me the Queen’s English is under constant assault these days from a variety of colonials and something called ‘Yoof Culture’, not that I know anything about the latter. For example, when a politician tells a lie and is caught out, they simply claim to have ‘misspoke’, which is meant to excuse them from all subsequent opprobrium. It worked splendidly for the Hildabeast, who has yet to find herself arraigned for pizzas, high-crimes and misdemeanours, but not so for President Trampledupon after his slightly inaccurate remarks about Sweden. The Jupiter would have you believe all is tickedy-boo in the land of the Herringfolk, but my Swedish correspondent, Baroness Smörgesbord, tells a different story. Nightly riots, burning vehicles and ladies attacked and forced to do disreputable things in dark alleys are commonplace occurrences, with police devoting their efforts to tracking down those citizens who complain. Thank goodness we live in Great Britain, where common sense and the rule of law prevail. (I think I just misspoke).

Sir Abraham Haphazzard alerted me to the appointment of Cressida Dick as the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, proving (if proof were needed) that incompetence is no bar to promotion. Home Secretary ‘Forever’ Amber Rudderless describes Ms. Dick as ‘an exceptional officer’ and the Grand Mufti of London, Mr. Khan, thinks she is ‘…the best possible person’ to take the Met forward, but methinks he misspoke. At least in multi-cultural London, Commissioner Dick now knows how to recognise a Brazilian, for ‘lessons have been learnt’. It’s just genuine terrorists she has difficulty identifying.

Speaking of terrorists, I see Mr. Blair has told the nation’s discontents to ‘rise up’ and overturn the referendum, arguing people deserve a chance to rethink. Is this not treason? The Archdeacon is in no doubt whatsoever:

“Confound the man and call him Miranda!” he declared following a meeting of the Barchester Friends of the Surgical Appliance Society, to which I had been invited as guest speaker (my talk was entitled, ‘Put not your truss on princes’, which went down very well with the largely pro-royalist crowd). “This guitar-strumming blood-soaked political zombie infused with the moral compass of an itinerant pox-ridden straddling strumpet grasping Judas-silver handouts has the brass-neck to look down on us from on high and declare we voted in ignorance! Wasn’t ignorance his get-out clause for the dodgy dossier? Why isn’t he in the Tower awaiting dispatch?”

I doubt the Archdeacon misspoke.

Countess de Courcy and her admirable daughters invited me to join them on a trip to the London Fashion Week, leaving Barchester Station on the early morning train. Great was the anticipation. What would Mr. Worth be showing this year? New crinolines, perhaps an improved bustle? Are bosoms in or out? Imagine our disappointment when we found ourselves looking at models dressed in long, shapeless garments with veils over their faces. A banner strung across the catwalk read, ‘Modesty is the New Nudity’, which made no sense whatsoever. Not a hoop, whalebone or gusset in sight, not a single feather boa or poke bonnet, nor any other Englishwoman for that matter, apart from our own small party. A woman pushed a garment right under my nose.

“Look at the quality, madam,” she said, “Have you ever felt such a burkha before?”

“I assure you I feel one right now,” I replied, and with that we swept out.

We needn’t have rushed back for the train. Due to some interminable dispute, the engine driver refused to close the carriage doors, so we sat there for several hours whilst the wind whistled around the compartment and my muff became frozen. In the end, I had to close the door myself. Standards of service are indeed declining. It’s the slippery slope.

Speaking of my Lord’s chaplain, we have seen very little of him this week as he has taken up golf, a game much favoured by US presidents, I understand. Mr. Slope explained his new-found interest as ‘…putting it about a bit’ so that if and when Mr. Trump comes to Blighty on a state visit (and the likes of Mr. Vaz and Lord Mandelbum turn their backs on him), he can drive over to Barchester for a round or two. I fail to see the pleasure in putting balls in holes, nor why a man so important would consider playing with a bishop’s chaplain, but experience has taught me to leave Mr. Slope alone with his fantasies.

Goodness, look at the time! I have been invited to a private viewing at the Barchester Art Gallery, where I believe Mr. Hirst is exhibiting his latest installation piece, ‘Rural Dean in Formaldehyde’, alongside Ms. Emin’s controversial ‘Pope on a Rope’ and ‘Victoria Vagina’, the latter a homage to the dear Queen’s fecundity. I have little understanding of the artistic milieu beyond the Pre-Raphaelites, so I am not convinced I will enjoy the experience. So, as the miasma of relativism settles over the valley of long-standing certainty and the Spinning Jenny that is Anglicanism is smashed irreparably by the Luddites of Transgenderisation, I bid you all goodnight.

  • michaelkx

    Well do madam,
    informative and entertaining as ever.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Ah michaelkx, many thanks…

  • ChaucerChronicle

    Mrs Proudie

    You know that Dick is a lesbian who would, of course, know what a ‘brazillian’ is; did you intend a pun?

    • len

      There seem to be a lot of’ brazillians’ about today. Is this an immigration issue?.

      • Anton

        One fewer thanks to her.

      • ChaucerChronicle

        No Len. A colleague reliably informs me that a ‘brazillian’ is the rehydration of pubic hair to its natural moisture levels. Sorry about the confusion.

        • IanCad

          I may have stated this before, but on a lighter note, I saw a sign outside one of those parlours advertising a special for the week: “Half Off.” The mind boggles

          • ChaucerChronicle

            Had you taken a photo – I’m sure it would’ve gone ‘viral’.

          • IanCad

            There’s one out there somewhere – that’s where I stumbled upon it.

        • betteroffoutofit

          Sigh. As decent ladies were wont to say, a while back, “I don’t wish to know that!”

          I shall now pray for memory loss.

      • They take some rooting out.

    • IanCad

      The Inspector needs to read your post CC, seems he’s fully onboard with the promotion this wretched diversity director, and corrupter of women.

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        Dear Ian, the Inspector is a man of great passion with the remarkable the ability to see a rainbow in black and white….

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      ‘chuckles…’

  • len

    There are some treasonous scoundrels stalking the land today Mrs Proudie. Tony Blair(no longer equipped with a’ teflon coating’) is a perfect example of this phenomenon and seems determined to overturn the democratic process..
    Treason is afoot and the Tower much be put to use again?.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Yes len, the man is a poltroon…

  • Anton

    “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left” – Ecclesiastes 10:2.

  • 1642+5thMonarchy

    Excellent Mrs Proudie. Many a true word…

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Why thank you dear 1642…if you don’t laugh you’d cry

  • David

    Brilliant, simply brilliant Mrs Proudie. Thank you good lady.

    I particularly enjoyed the paragraph attacking the Blair creature, as I too,
    ” doubt the Archdeacon misspoke”.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Thank you dear David, I find, whenever I write about Blair, my quill takes on a life of its own…

  • Sarky

    Just one question. ‘Rural dean in formaldehyde’, haven’t these been on display every sunday, up and down the country, for years?

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      A very good point, dear Sarky…

  • Superb Mrs Proudie!

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Ah thank you dear Marie – do take my advice and avoid the London Fashion Week, it has nothing for us.

      • bluedog

        One is resolved to take your advice, Ma’am.

  • Manfarang

    There was a right burkha but not in London, in Beirut in fact. Marine Le Nazi went there to get the support of the Christians in her bid for the French presidency. However the Maronites were somewhat less impressed as many of the Syrian refugees and others in Syria are their kith and kin and they don’t share Le Nazi’s awe of President Assad. President Aoun wasn’t impressed either as he has the Memorandum of Understanding with Hezbollah. Someone should tell the new Joan of Arc the Vichy French are no longer in control of that part of the world.

    • Andym

      Oh no! transgenderism strikes again – she used to be Marine La Nazi!

      • Manfarang

        She doesn’t want to use her last name.

  • Dominic Stockford

    Half of the centre of Paris was in shut-down the other night – according to someone who was there. All due to riots. But we’re not told about that in any of the MSM either. I am glad that Mrs Proudie didn’t need to travel there on the Express.

    • 1642+5thMonarchy

      The slant the news media put on the things they report is bad enough, their targeted character assassinations of those they dislike worse, but worst of all are the numerous newsworthy things that they choose not to report at all. When they go on about a free media, the best response is derisive laughter.

      • Manfarang

        24 October 2016 : 24 Naxalites were killed by Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds forces in encounter that took place in the cut-off area of remote Chitrakonda on Andhra-Odisha border.
        In November, 2016, three naxalites were killed near Karulai in an encounter with Kerala police. Naxalite leader Kappu Devaraj from Andhra Pradesh is included in the list of killed in the incident.
        Late November: Six Naxals were killed and 600 bullets of various calibre, about 12 IEDs, an INSAS rifle, an SLR, a carbine and three other guns were recovered in Jharkhand.

        • bluedog

          So much for the North-East Frontier. Any word from the North-West?

          • Manfarang

            Roadblocks will be set up and traffic diverted. Policemen carrying AK-47s will line the route to the stadium, and snipers will be ready. Security is promised to be at the level provided to a visiting head of state. The country’s prime minister and chief of army staff are taking the lead on the security arrangements. Fans will be ordered to get to the venue at least three hours in advance, or risk not being allowed in. The message that Pakistan is a safe place to hold a cricket match needs to be sent out loudly.

          • bluedog

            The Governor-General will be relieved. However, given the current state of unrest it is proposed that European women will remain in the cantonments, guarded by British rather than Native troops.

          • Inspector General

            Fear not, Imperial Hound. A consignment of Enfield P-53 rifles will be issued to the natives. Brand new ammunition for them too!

          • 1642+5thMonarchy

            Did you know IG that one can now purchase pig fact gun oil for maintaining one’s firearms in peak condition for dealing with the most pestilent vermin known to civilised man? Reputedly it not only shuffles them off this mortal coil but also dictates their next destination?

          • Inspector General

            Encouraging news, 1642. The Inspector will see to it that all regiments of foot are duly equipped. Hopefully, it will also deter pigophobes from joining said regiments, and thus avoid the possibility of another mutiny.

          • Manfarang

            My Goodness! Women’s cricket in Pakistan has raced far ahead of the times since they were labelled miscreants and issued death threats in the ’90s, and it is easy to understand why sports remained an untouchable subject for the longest time. That had been ingrained in the society’s rulebook as a norm Ms.Sana Mir (Captain) is now desperate to change.

          • Inspector General

            1790s ?

          • bluedog

            Well spotted, IG.

            Comrade Manfarang seems unaware that when Mrs Proudie’s salon is in progress, the clock is wound back to c1857.

          • Inspector General

            There is hope for a people that play cricket. The greatest of all field games and a most civilising influence, even in Calcutta, or where ever it is Manfarang is posting from…

          • Manfarang

            I think you mean Kolkata.
            Anyway I am in the land of the 500 Baht notes.

          • Inspector General

            On Ilkla moor baht hat land.

            Gone ten and a half bells here, Manfarang, and time to still one’s hide for the night. Until another time, sir.

          • Manfarang

            Karl Marx in the New-York Tribune 1857
            The month of April was signalized by incendiary fires in several cantonments of the Bengal army at Allahabad, Agra, Umballah, by a mutiny of the 3d regiment of light cavalry at Meerut, and by similar appearances of disaffection in the Madras and Bombay armies. At the beginning of May an emeute was preparing at Lucknow, the capital of Oude, which was, however, prevented by the promptitude of Sit. H. Lawrence. On the 9th of May the mutineers of the 3d light cavalry of Meerut were marched off to jail, to undergo the various terms of imprisonment to which they were sentenced. On the evening of the following day the troopers of the 3d cavalry, together with the two native regiments, the 11th and 20th, assembled upon the parade-ground, killed the officers endeavoring to pacify them, set fire to the cantonments, and slew all the Englishmen they were able to lay hands on. Although the British part of the brigade mustered a regiment of infantry, another of cavalry, and an overwhelming force of horse and foot artillery, they were not able to move until nightfall. Having inflicted but little harm on the mutineers, they, allowed them to betake themselves to the open field and to throw themselves into Delhi, some forty miles distant from Meerut. There they were joined by the native garrison, consisting of the 38th, 54th and 74th regiments of infantry, and a company of native artillery. The British officers were attacked, all Englishmen within reach of the rebels were murdered. and the heir of the late Mogul of Delhi proclaimed King of India. Of the troops sent to the rescue of Meerut, where order had been re-established, six companies of 15th of May, native sappers and miners, who arrived on the murdered their commanding officer, Major Frazer, and made at once for the open country, pursued by troops of horse artillery and several of the 6th dragoon guards. Fifty or sixty of the mutineers were shot, but the rest contrived to escape to Delhi. At Ferozepore, in the Punjaub, the 57th and 45th native infantry regiments mutinied, but were put down by force. Private letters from Lahore state the whole of the native troops to be in an undisguised state of mutiny. On the 19th of May, unsuccessful efforts were made by the sepoys stationed at Calcutta to get possession of Fort St. William. Three regiments arrived from Bushire at Bombay were at once dispatched to Calcutta.

          • Inspector General

            The Inspector understands that there is no problem whatsoever in handling the new British Five Pound Note in the subcontinent, and that even today, it represents 10 years pay for a sepoy.

          • Manfarang

            415.67 Rupees

          • Inspector General

            A bargain, sir.

          • Manfarang

            I will give you a 500 Rupee note.

          • Inspector General

            No, we don’t want any of that. 415.67 Rupees it is, and 415.67 Rupees will secure a £5 note. You see, we British are awfully fair, don’t you know…none of this corruption business…

          • Manfarang

            You’ll be lucky.

          • Inspector General

            Tell you what, Manfarang. You post an address and the Inspector will send you a brand new £5 note that you can display on your wall…

          • Manfarang

            I have two in my wallet from my last visit to Blighty.

          • Inspector General

            Good show !

          • bluedog

            Desparate times. Meanwhile in Tower Hamlets and occupied Bradford…

          • Manfarang

            Biman Bangladesh gives you the world.

          • bluedog

            Biman translates as ‘White Knuckle…’

          • Manfarang

            In what language? In Bengali it means airline. Its the national airline of Bangladesh.
            In the early 1980s dirt cheap airline tickets were available at bucket shops to SE Asia. The benefit of Thatcherism, if the only one.

          • bluedog

            Jolly good show.

          • Manfarang

            The white knuckle rides were on the green mini-buses of Bangkok. They would go like a bat out of hell and never get stopped by the police (Mafia owned).

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      When I go I take the Dover packet, but haven’t been since poor King Louis-Philippe was dethroned…

      • Best no go, dear lady. The police are rather free and easy with the use of their batons.

        • chefofsinners

          No need to ram the point home, Jack.

    • Yes, the police are rather free and easy with the use of their batons.

  • ecclesiaman

    Glad HG reports accurately on Sweden. The MSM and the Swedish politicians ignore the facts. Would what is happening in the UK gets a proper airing. It will not be in the MSM. Careful reading of the alt media is vital.

    • Manfarang

      According to statistics from the Los Angeles Police Department, robberies were up by 13%, aggravated assaults were up by 10% and rapes were down by 4% through Dec. 17, compared with the same period last year. Homicides were up by 5%. Overall, violent crime was up by 10% over last year and 38% over two years ago.

      • ecclesiaman

        Not sure why you cite LAPD, I presume this is a comment on USA. My remarks re Sweden were from Rachel Alexander article in The Stream dated 21/2/2017. She says amongst other data:-
        Rapes increased by 250% since 2003. Rising from 24.9% reported rapes per 100,000 to 66.5% last year. Sexual molestation increased by 20% between 2015-2016, reaching 10,500 in 2016.
        Videos and more in this report of social chaos.

        • Manfarang

          Because LA is more dangerous than Stockholm.

          • Royinsouthwest

            i would not be surprised if Los Angeles has been more violent than Stockholm since California became part of the United States. Just because things are worse in LA is no reason for ignoring the problems that Swedish immigration policies have caused to Swedes.

          • Manfarang

            Or exaggerating them.

    • Merchantman

      The MSM and Swedish politicians aren’t just ignoring the facts they are lying by omission. That’s what PC’ ism induces; institutional dishonesty.

      • ecclesiaman

        You are correct. Perhaps I should have said lying by ignoring the facts. Point taken. It was implied rather than expressed.

  • Mrs Proudie, a frigid muff must be a sore trial for a lady. One trusts no lasting damage was done and it once again offers a warm and welcoming reception.

    • len

      Wait till Carl reads that!.

      • Muff = a tube made of fur into which the hands are placed for warmth.
        Frigid = very cold in temperature.

        • Pubcrawler

          Merkin = American.

          • Dominic Stockford

            Does Firkin then = French?

          • Pubcrawler

            No; firkin = a decent lunch.

        • carl jacobs

          And an obvious double entendre is not successfully hidden by pro forma denials.

          That is not what we call “resisting temptation” Jack.

          • Homographophobe.

          • carl jacobs

            And you were doing so well…

          • Chef of Sinners approved ….

          • carl jacobs

            You fell off the wagon, Jack.

          • Do you know that the small Blue Tit’s main rival is the larger Great Tit?

          • chefofsinners

            They do make a nice pair, but every schoolboy knows that the boobie, the barn swallow and the imperial shag only occur in the presence of the wood pecker.

          • Imperial shags in Britain? A rarity, like rock shags. Jack’s preference is to offer birds nuts in the winter. As for woodpeckers, in Jack’s experience, it’s best to keep them well away from one’s wood. They can cause untold harm.

    • Pubcrawler
      • Do they come in a variety of shapes and sizes? One wouldn’t want to unduly stretch a lady’s muff.

        • Pubcrawler

          If they don’t, perhaps there’s a gap for a made-to-measure service.

          • A bespoke service, so to speak.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            Goodness!

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        And one isn’t…

      • Politically__Incorrect

        For a moment you had me going, pubcrawler, when I saw the name Gillian Anderson

        • Pubcrawler

          Yes, I have no idea what that’s all about.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      A brisk back-combing works wonders…

      • Best avoid Brazilian ones then, dear lady. One hears they are not keen on fur.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Jack reveals his real occupation as the scriptwriter for the “Carry on” films

      • chefofsinners

        He still likes to keep his hand in.

  • IrishNeanderthal

    This is definitely post-Barchesterian, but I have just read an article Inside The Quiet, Prophetic Politics Of Theologian C.S. Lewis.

    It focusses strongly on his book The Aboltion of Man, and the reason I am mentioning here is that I immediately thought:

    “Jack would know why — it’s so that the Lizards can move in!”

    • David

      Ones blood runs cold Irish !

    • ChaucerChronicle

      Fascinating article.

    • Jack know; he knows.

      [Good article – not entirely sure about liberal-democracy protecting us from political tyranny or of commending neutrality among competing conceptions of the good. As we know, divorce and homosexuality are not victimless behaviours, nor is abortion, and toleration of these soon moves to approval and “enforcement” and damages both individuals and the common good.]

      • 1642+5thMonarchy

        The legalisation of homosexuality and the condition’s subsequent progression from tolerance to acceptance to promulgation as desirable, even superior, is is the classic case study of this trend. Again it is not victimless.

  • IanCad

    A spirited rallying cry Mrs. P. Darkness has not yet entirely overcome our degenerate land. A few stout men and true ladies will see us rise again. When it comes, it will be quick. We face legions of feeble folk. They’ll run when we say Boo!

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I’m not sure Diane Abbott is much of a sprinter so perhaps we should give her a head start…

      • 1642+5thMonarchy

        I had marked her down as ammunition for a siege trebuchet. Guaranteed to smash any gate.

        • David

          Improvisation, using local resources, is often the hallmark of the effective commander !

        • Politically__Incorrect

          The medieval equivalent of the barrel bomb

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          Oh that made me laugh…and laugh….and laugh!

      • David

        A generous thought Mrs Proudie, but aren’t we playing to win ?

      • Pubcrawler

        Just tell her lunch is being served, you won’t see her for dust!

      • chefofsinners

        Rumour has it that she gave Jeremy a ‘head start’.

    • David

      That’s the spirit Ian !

  • Inspector General

    Good Day to you, Mrs Proudie

    Well, there you go. One had thought that Cressida Dick was being lined up for the vacant post of UK Ambassador to Brazil, but there she is, sitting pretty without. Now in a post that requires her regular apology to the Home Secretary for not closing down all police canteens and making her staff eat their meals in solitary.

    The Inspector had assumed Shami Chakrabarti was being lined up for the top job in Scotland Yard, so you can imagine his disappointment when this was proved not to be. A disappointment one might add that was lifted today by the by-election news. Not so much the delightful doings in Copeland, but BBC Radio 5’s pitiful attempt to put on a brave face despite it. Radio at its very best, don’t you know…

    And so, cock-a-hoop that he be, resulting, the Inspector wishes you and all of Cranmer’s own, a peaceful and relaxing weekend.

  • Politically__Incorrect

    “This guitar-strumming blood-soaked political zombie infused with the moral compass of an itinerant pox-ridden straddling strumpet grasping Judas-silver handouts ”

    It’s very gracious of you deal lady to mention Mr Bliar’s better side. Wasn ‘t that a direct quote from his mother?

    I must say I fail to see the point of a fashion show with burkas. It’s abit lije taking a selfie wearing a niqab. One photo for the entire female community because nobody’s going to recognise you anyway.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Yes, I was obviously quoting his mother there…

  • Inspector General

    What are we going to do about the queer dazzled ladies of synod, Mrs Proudie. The Inspector thought you could organise a coach trip for them to London to visit a gay sauna, and see these marvellous types at their best. Be an idea to suggest all wear wellington boots or near enough. Apparently, these places are very slippery underfoot…

    • bluedog

      Yuk.

      • Inspector General

        Don’t you mean “woof”.

        Fetch your lead…

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I have a pair of pattens, but really I don’t think such places are for the likes of me…

      • Cherry Picking.

        I’ve got a pair of hotters.

  • chefofsinners

    Momentous tidings, Mrs Proudie.
    Miss Spoke has been usurped as the doyenne of the left. They have a new rallying cry: Miss Vote.
    Missvoting began with Brexit and continued with the electation of Mr Trumpypumpy, as the blind followed the blond. Yesterday even a constituency in Cumbria succumbed. All these unfortunates are now under the spell of the quixotic Miss Vote, and completely unable to think for themselves.
    In times such as these we naturally turn to the Church of England for leadership and vision. (cough). And… after many conversations they bring us…
    the Mx Vote. In which people of opposite opinions vote the same way. Or not. And different houses vote different ways and some people press the wrong button, all on a motion which carries no meaning. Thus unity is achieved and democracy is safe in their hands. Just as safe as the Christian faith is.

    • Manfarang

      You can Stoke it.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      “In times such as these we naturally turn to the Church of England for leadership and vision”.

      Still laughing at that

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        So am I….

  • len

    I see the liberal luvvies in’ tinseltown’ are preparing to make it known that Trump is ‘not their president’.
    It is becoming blatantly obvious that the media (both sides of the pond) is the spearhead of liberalism and bears much of the responsibility for the downward path society has taken.
    Has democracy run its course and we are to be governed now by puppet masters working the strings of ‘celebrities’ now?.

    • Manfarang

      Oh well will have to wait for the Bollywood awards.
      I must say ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is a very good movie. A Seventh Day Adventist vegetarian hero no less.

      • Anton

        Fine film. Mel Gibson nowhere makes it clear that he is a Seventh Dayer, as I recall. (I’m not commenting on the rights and wrongs of Gibson’s decision.) Are you aware that he is now working on a follow-up to “Passion of the Christ” based on Acts of the Apostles?

        • Manfarang

          Gibson might not but it is very clear from the movie. I don’t think the Acts of the Apostles movie will be coming to a cinema near me. However, Noah was shown in Bangkok.

  • 1642+5thMonarchy

    James Purnell, now of the BBC and ex Labour cabinet minister has just appointed a Muslim to succeed a Muslim as head of religious programming. The extract below is from the head about their religious broadcasting strategy.

    “Beyond those modes, we’re eager for new takes on religion: we want ideas which are challenging, thought-provoking, hot-button but all purposed, insightful and expert. Our forthcoming experiment Muslims Like Us feels like a significant step change for the department, and we have more ideas in development in a variety of forms which feel like they’re grabbling in a very present tense way with what religion, faith and ethics mean in contemporary Britain.”

    1. Can anyone care to translate?
    2. Can anyone care to justify why I should go on paying the licence fee to a culturally treasonous organisation which I rarely watch and could quite happily do without?

    • Anton

      Don’t. I don’t. I spend the extra time reading and it has been great. I still watch DVDs, of course, and for sport I go to the local Sky pub, which is where men should watch TV sport. And who wants BBC news when it is as you say and the internet is available?

      • Pubcrawler

        Ditto.

    • It means they are seeking more innovative ways to foist ‘the religion of peace’ onto us without us realising it.

  • TropicalAnglican

    Cheers! President Trump, far from being trampled upon, is eagerly doing some trampling/trumpling of his own, and taking to it like, um, a duck to water:
    Both CNN and BBC have been banned from White House briefings!
    If only The Donald had a spare spine to loan Madam Muddled May…

    • len

      ‘Taking on’ the media takes a lot of courage because they wield enormous power with the masses.

  • Dreadnaught

    The BBC has appointed another Muslim to head up religious programming; a woman this time.
    That said, Last nights Tracey Ullman show( BBC), shows the Corporation to be as schitzoid as ever. It does however (well the writers. any way) highlight the general marginalisation of Christians in the UK today.

    clock on 1.10 on the red line.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08g7d3m/tracey-ullmans-show-series-2-episode-4#group=b08d3g2f

    • IanCad

      A couple of weeks back I suggested you would make an excellent host for “Pick of the Week.” Perhaps the role of “Head of Religious Programming” would be more up your street? Religious affiliation not required.
      Thanks so much for this link. I have heard of Tracey Ullman, but never seen her. So refreshing! We may have to rely on the women to restore what we males have allowed to decay.

      • Dreadnaught

        Too kind Ian. I will always be culturally Christian and prepared to defend that culture, my heritage.