Monday, 4 February 2013
The QT Remark
My thanks to Moridura for the video. Still don't know how he manages to clip these but I have tried to find software for a Mac which would do it with with ease.
However I digress. It was Clarinda who drew my attention to this 'joke' on Thursday's Question Time.
It's my intention to ignore the smug individual who made the remark. People like him were ten a penny when I lived in England and I eventually discovered the best way to prick their bubble was to disregard them.
Some are appalled by the audience's response, but again I wasn't surprised. The Scots and Irish have always been the butt of English humour. David Dimbleby's description of the mark as 'chauvinistic' was inappropriate, although he had the measure of the audience member I have to admit.
I'm not overlooking the fact that the 'joke', made during serious discussion of nuclear waste, was distasteful, but what does surprise me (and really shouldn't) is that the BBC decided to actually broadcast it.
QT is pre-recorded and edited - or used to be - with a very sharp knife. Yet someone within the department decided this purile remark was worthy of inclusion in the programme.
As much as the incident tells us about the contributor and the English audience, it says even more about the BBC and it's attitude to Scotland.
If the contributor had mentioned a country such as Afghanistan or Mali in a similar content, the cutting would have been the first on the editing floor.