By Charles Maggs
The BBC trust have announced that it will not permit the axing of BBC6 music however it will be scrapping the BBC Asian network, and not a day too soon.
Launched in 2002 the station has consistently been spending above and beyond its budget, last year by over £500,000 with total expenditure of over £12 million. However my issue of contention with the station is not about cost, nor whether it provides good value for money at all, but the fact that a state funded broadcaster provides different radio stations for people of different races. Is differentiating by race not the principle that was so bitterly opposed by liberal minded thinkers regarding ‘separate but equal’ laws in the US until the 1960s? Of course it would be obscene to compare 21st century British race relations to those of the deep south in the 1960s but for the state to be communicating with people according to their race can only lead to negative impacts.
Among the negative impacts of this policy (part of the embracement of PC driven multi-culturalism under Labour) are an emergence of racial, religious and cultural identity among ethnic minorities-identities which crucially are not assimilated with British cultural identity. This makes a fractured and divided society not only inevitable, but inevitable due to the direct social engineering of the state. Looking on the website of the BBC Asian network gives this impression clearly The main feature on the homepage is a feature about the Pakistani cricket team, reinforcing the fact that the majority of Britons of Pakistani origin support not England but Pakistan and among its program lists are a number of shows in Urdu, Mirpuri and Bengali.
Factors like the BBC Asian network and Councils and government departments spending millions on translation services (over £50 million in 2008) are huge barriers to integration and social cohesion which in the long term are also part of the wider war on terror (if a young British Muslim sees themselves as British first and Muslim second, they would be far less likely to fall to extremist views.) Such factors reduce the need for immigrants to learn English, a crucial aspect of integration. Government has for too long been embracing multi-culturalism, born often out of a feeling of colonial guilt held by many of the elite, ahead of a policy of integration.
Such polities have also been a gift for the BNP. Stations like the Asian network and BBC1 Extra which proudly claims to play “the best in new Black music” spit in the face of the dream of a post racial society. It leaves some white people to ask “what if someone set up a station for ‘white music,’” implying that it would lead to accusations of racial exclusion-and with some reason. This was certainly the case in 2008 when the BBC launched its ‘white season’, a season of programs looking at the supposed demise of the white working class. Cue the inevitable outrage from the PC brigade with the Guardian’s Gillian Evans saying the series risked “succumbing to nostalgia about Englishness that will make it nothing more than a feather in the cap of the BNP.” The fact of the matter is that the BBC should not be making programs aimed at specifically white people, because it should not be making anything that aims to separate people according to their race. This will only serve to enhance feelings of racial identity and loyalty which are the bedrock of the BNP’s bigoted agenda.