The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) marked Brexit Day with a “special” programme for children pouring scorn on British history and claiming “British things” don’t exist.
The skit for CBBC, which is aimed at children, was introduced by Nish Kumar, who presents a left-wing “comedy” programme for the publicly-funded broadcaster almost entirely dominated by anti-Brexit leftists, with right-leaning comics such as Geoff Norcott wheeled out only occasionally as a kind of curiosity.
Kumar has not always proved especially popular beyond the confines of his BBC studio, being booed off stage and having bread rolls thrown at him after reportedly attempting to perform a set based around “how sh*t Boris was at everything and… imperial British rule gags” as well as “why Brexit was a bad idea” in December.
"British things… turns out there’s hardly any.”@MrNishKumar and @HHTV_ are spilling the tea on British stuff in #HorribleHistories #Brexit special ☕️ Streaming now on @BBCiPlayer 👉 https://t.co/2S40YIQuTG @RealMatBaynton pic.twitter.com/jn1EvbYZLX
— CBBC (@cbbc) January 31, 2020
“Imperial British rule” gags are the order of the day in the Horrible Histories skit, which sees a grotesque Queen Victoria lectured through song by her butler on why her beloved “British things” — tea, sugar, a cotton vest — are not British, but the spoils of imperialism and slavery.
“Your empire’s built on fighting wars, that’s how your income’s swollen, your British things are from abroad, and most are frankly stolen,” he admonishes.
The pair go on to sing about how “Our British queen is foreign as well” — a popular refrain among left-liberals with respect to the Royal Family, but considered an absolutely impermissible description of anyone else in the country who is, as the song puts it, “of foreign descent”.
In fact, British monarchs up to the present day and including Victoria all ultimately trace their ancestry through the Scottish crown, with only a brief interlude in Continental Europe — although Horrible Histories is not known for strict fidelity to the historical record, having previously claimed that the Crusades were “a time when the Christian people of Europe decided to go to war with the Islamic people of the Middle East just because they didn’t believe in the same things.”
This is anti-British drivel of a high order. Was any of the licence fee used to produce something purely designed to demean us? https://t.co/sZmreYMRHi
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) January 31, 2020
The BBC’s latest broadside against Britain and its history — whose connection to Brexit seems highly dubious and is not explained — appears to have been poorly received by many viewers on social media.
Even Andrew Neil, the BBC’s interrogator-in-chief — and one of its few high-profile names drawn from right-leaning media — described it as “anti-British drivel of a high order.”
“Was any of the licence fee used to produce something purely designed to demean us?” he asked, referring to the compulsory television tax which funds the corporation, with non-payment punishable by heavy fines backed by the threat of imprisonment for non-payment.
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