Fings Aint Wot They Used To Be

The BBC is fond of the familiar. It favours the tried and tested, nay, the formulaic, all year round. But tradition and ritual are an extra special feature at Christmas. It’s what the audience wants, is it not? , “Give them more of what they liked last time round!” those innovative creative commissioning editors must have squealed as they sat round the table in the BBC’s department of inspiration and left of centre thinking.
“Eureka!” They might have cried, “Here’s what we’ll do for Christmas!” “Morecambe and Wise!” “Shrek!” “And don’t forget to go up to the attic and see if you can find the one about the shepherds. I know we put it somewhere. They love that one. What we need is another good old ‘fings aint wot they used to be’ special.”
Israel-bashers unite, far and wide, and the BBC is not averse to a bit of sentimentality at Christmas time, even if it means following the herd. Literally.
“Ring up Carlos Sarras, our go-to Palestinian shepherd, and if he’s available again get Jon Donnison on the case. Yolande Knell can find another old geezer wistfully reminiscing about his goat, his olive tree and his donkey and she can finish with an interview with George Saadah, deputy mayor of Bethlehem, whose message of peace and goodwill to all men we’ll put under the heading “The Wise Man.” Jon Donnison gave him a lengthy spot on BBC News 24 the other day, so the audience will be liking him already.”
“Bring the story up to date with some fresh 2011 references to the apartheid wall, and round it up thus: “Forty years ago, there were just a few thousand settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.
(That would be the1967 war of intended annihilation against Israel instigated by her surrounding neighbours, I think you’ll find, Mr D., a simple fact that might have significant bearing on the situation.)

“Put it in context,” they’ll be reminding each other.“Now there are around 500,000 settlers.”
“and finish, as ever, with the perennial: “Settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.” and Bob’s yer uncle!”

Same old addendum each time, but hardly innovative. Here’s an idea for the creatives at the BBC Left Field Think Tank. Think outside the box! Why stick to that tired old taint as your sole contribution to what you scurrilously call ‘context?’
For a change, why not put some different context, for example: “Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip receive one of the highest levels of aid in the world.” That’s context, is it not? How about a straightforward: “Palestinians receive more aid per capita than any other people on the planet.” Or why not inform the public thusly: “Hamas, who rule Gaza have Israel’s destruction immutably written within their charter!” Or, from the charter itself: “[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”
Well, why not? It’s context. It would make a change. Make progress. You love complaining that fings aint wot they used to be, but it’s no use complaining. Fings just aint.

Or, why not go for refreshing honesty? Come out! No more closet. Why not just put “The BBC pledges everlasting allegiance with the Palestinians, and will continue to act as their mouthpiece while promising never to waste an opportunity to denigrate Israel.”

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6 Responses to Fings Aint Wot They Used To Be

  1. james1070 says:

    Now there are around 500,000 settlers.”  
    “and finish, as ever, with the perennial: “Settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.” and Bob’s yer uncle!”  
    But, but I ways thought that the BBC loved illegal immigrants or settlers. Surley these settlers are like the Dale farm travelers, who’s human rights have been violated?

    And isn’t Occupy Palestine a bit like Occupy St Pauls?


  2. cjhartnett says:

    And all the best Sue…and thanks again for flying the flag.
    I saw the title and thought that Lionel Bart would be gettina a mention.
    The mini-series on Mr Bart is pleasing in that the Jewish culture permeates all of contemporary culture-the BBC can no longer write the likes of Bart, Grade or Wiseman out of recent entertainment than try to put a spin on the benefits of Somali immigration at the moment.
    Like to think that God has it all in hand-whether the BBC and its atheistic naysayers feel inclined to continue to scoff or sneer is irrelevant.
    Whether its comedy or art, music or comedy, business or manufacturing…the Jewish  people are uniquely qualified to smile at what kind of empty desert there would be if they were cast to the margins.
    And the more the BBC offer us their atheist drones and Islamic talents…the more grateful we all are for the likes of Bart.
    As a person of Irish roots, I doff my cap to the greatness and ubiquity of the Jewish people…and pity the squalid bargain that the BBC have picked with their Allan Carrs, Russell Brands and George Galloways.
    Turn the telly off,laugh at their Sturmer stuff-and know that it`ll not be going much further either.


  3. ltwf1964 says:

    what al beeb and Bowen will never tell you-courtesy

    MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER AND ISRAELAs the West shakes hands and pats its own back for supporting the “Arab Spring” and the “Moderate” Muslim Brotherhood the spiritual leader of the brotherhood has signed a declaration advocating no peace with Israel only bloodshed. 

    Thanks Hilary and Barak for your gushing support. You really know who the peace makers are don’t you??

    The International Union of Muslim Scholars Wishes You a Happy “Save al-Aqsa Friday” (while Pushing for War with Israel)
    Posted by Translating Jihad

    The International Union of Muslim Scholars is headed by the highly-popular cleric, Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is also the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Point being, when these guys issue a statement, you can pretty well consider it the view of the Muslim Brotherhood.Here they warn the Israelis that any stone disturbed on al-Aqsa will be met with “heavy bloodshed”; they call for the Palestinian factions to unite against Israel; they call for the withdrawal from any peace initiatives with Israel; and they call for Muslims to revive the duty of jihad and prepare for victory against Israel.In sum, this looks like no more or less than a call for war against Israel (translated from, 24 Nov 2011):

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  4. Jeff Waters says:

    I’m sure Harriet Harman enjoyed that Dr Who. But did anyone else? –


    • ltwf1964 says:

      I notice the DT blog attracts the same beeboid tedious trolls in the same vein as our own pet dumb and dumber duo

      the same kind of inane drivel and smug lefty self satisfaction at how well their emperor’s new clothes look