Thursday, June 09, 2005

Shock horror. Alfie is accused of being 3 ‘pees’ short of a pod by Auntie BBC…..

Oh yes, Alfie has been well and truly mullered by some p.c. jobsworth-bod from the complaints department at FiveLive HQ, Ministry of Truth Department. He obviously had his dictionary open at a page of ‘pees’, as he used a devastating triple pammy to put Alfie firmly in his place. And that place is ‘purgatory’

Jonny BBC called me ‘Parochial’ - ‘Petty’ - ‘Prejudiced’

Why?

Well I love footy – even women’s footy, and last Sunday I was listening, courtesy of BBC FiveLive to the European Nations Women’s Football Championship match of England v Finland. I burst with pride as England grabbed the winner with about 15 nanoseconds to go…. Huzzah!! Revel in that national pride!

Well, not really. For a start, the commentary on the radio was courtesy of Conor McNamara a perfectly professional commentator from the Republic of Ireland. The summarising was done by an ex Scotland footballer called Kevin Gallagher… from Scotland.

Now it seemed to me that seeing an English team was playing, there should, oooh I don’t know, possibly be someone from this Country doing the broadcast….. You know, someone from good old Blighty, someone from England. I also thought that I couldn’t imagine say a Scottish match being commentated on by a bloke from Belgium and summarised by a guy from England… Alfie decided to put pen to paper and contact the Beeb.

Well that told me then. I’m a parochial, prejudiced and petty git for even daring to ask a question that must never be asked………

(Small mercies though, at least he didn’t call me a pranny, a prat….or a prick)…..

18 comments:

Rick said...

Perhaps you should change your identity to Alfred the Oik to save people feeling the need to respond with such indignation.

alfie said...

'Alfred-the-oik'............

Hmmmmmmmm.

Sorry Rick. It's just too subtle for me, mate.
Completely over me 'ead.......

You're not being 'petty' are you?

Toque said...

BBC Scotland settles English race case

A LANDMARK race discrimination case between the BBC and a former presenter, Mark Souster, who claimed he lost his job because he was English ended yesterday in an out-of-court settlement.

After a five year legal battle, Mr Souster, 43, accepted a four figure sum in compensation from the BBC.

Souster presented BBC Scotland's Rugby Special for three seasons, brought the legal action after his contract ran out in May 1997 and the BBC changed the format of the programme bringing in the Borders Television newsreader, Jill Douglas.

Souster, who claimed he had been the target of anti-English jibes, complained he had been ousted by anti-English bosses wanting a Scottish voice for their rugby coverage. "Anti-English feeling is woven into the fabric of BBC Scotland," he said at the time. "There's always been a traditional hostility but with devolution there's a feeling that only Scottish voices can now be heard."

The BBC denied discrimination and had previously attempted to argue at a hearing four years ago that tribunals had no powers to hear the case under the Race Relations Act as the Scots and English did not represent separate racial groups. That argument was rejected by the Court of Session, which ruled that the Scots and English were separate nations.

The highest-profile case previous to Souster was that of Graham Power, the deputy chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police. He claimed he had been passed over for promotion to chief constable in 1996 because he was English, but also settled out of court.

Toque said...

Incase you don't get the hint I was suggesting, subtely like, that you send them the article and ask why they 'settled out of court'

alfie said...

Toque, I knew you'd come up trumps with something I could send to them. It will go first thing tomorrow morning, cheers mate...

But the most bizarre thing this guy said in his email was this - (he was talking about Scotsman Kevin Gallagher's daughter)......

"By the way, it might interest you to know that Kevin's daughter, who was born in England, wears her England football shirt with pride".

Clutching at straws or what?

Toque said...

On of the posters over at CoSG has come up with another article

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,377-309839,00.html

Sarsparilla said...

Pish. How unimaginative of them.

They could have called you a pissburnt pinguid, a posturing pickleherring, a parasitical pickthank, a pestilent periwig, or a pervicacious pettifogger.

Those peccant TV chaps suffer a pustulent want of vocabulary, it seems.

Mike said...

Retaliate by insisting on the resignation of the letter writer, on the grounds that you no longer wish to pay towards his wages.

After all I presume you pay the obligatory TV licence fee. :-)

Red_Fred said...

He could have called you a 'pustule' that needs to be picked...hmmmmm

Shooting Parrots said...

As I write, the English lasses are struggling against the might of Sweden. I'm with you. Where the bloody hell is Jimmy Armfield when you need him?

On the whole, not bad entertainment. The only problem is the bloke on the sfx mic for me. Too bloody shrill by half.

Anonymous said...

Well, I have news that can well and truly #$%^ the bbc up!

Recently a court said that the English and Scottish nations are separate. As such the bbc WILL NOT be able to discriminate. THE WANKERS!

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