OH NO! IT'S THE DALEKS! They're almost as bad as the English...
I noticed a few years ago that the revived Dr Who, made from the beginning by the BBC in London, was being made by BBC Wales - the main mover and shaker being one Russell T Davies. And now it seems anti-English bigotry is creeping in. Wonko writes on the CEP News Blog:
Tonight’s episode of Dr Who, broadcast on BBC1, had a scene which portrayed the English as racists, likening them to the Nazi’s.
The scene in question shows an Italian family being loaded into the back of a truck to be taken to a forced labour camp. The Italian man says “you know how it is, England for the English” and one of the other characters then made a reference to Nazi forced labour camps.
Dr Who is made by BBC Wales and the actor playing Dr Who is a Scot. Throughout the series and in previous series, they have been consistent in their use of “Britain” and “British”. I don’t recall hearing “England” or “English” used once in this series
I don't watch modern day telly, myself but I have heard of a recent Dr Who adventure featuring a certain Mr Saxon, who turned out to be a complete bastard. Was this, I wondered, based on the Welsh fantasy that they are Celts and the English are Anglo Saxons?
As it is, in my view, England is the most cosmopolitan and least racist of all the UK nations. Dr Who has been captured by the Little Waleans!
Read the CEP post here.
UPDATE: CEP Bucks visualises the scenario with the Dr Who production team at BBC Wales as they seek to tarnish the English image, even going so far as to misquote an old book title - which is what they appear to have done. "England For The English" should read "Britain For The British". But as with most Welsh and Scots anti-English racism, England is always specified if something negative is being inferred. They must leave themselves blameless.
Here's CEP Bucks:
I imagine a room somewhere in BBC Wales......
"how about "British Jobs for British People"?... No, that wouldn't work, the author is Scottish...OK, how about "Britain for the British"? It was the title of a book written in 1902 by a socialist and was adopted as a theme by the then fledgling Labour Party. It was also a popular theme for the National Front in the 1970s and is commonly used by the BNP today....No, that wouldn't work either, because it includes Scots and Welsh. We've got to think of a way to slag off the English whilst leaving the Welsh and the Scots squeaky clean....I know, how about we change the word "Britain" for "England" and then change "British" for "English"? So, it becomes "England for the English"! ...
Brilliant! That way we can liable the English and leave a subliminal message in the minds of the viewer...
Read it all here.