Memorandum by J Gordon
The BBC charter was founded in the era of Lord
Reith in the twenties.
Religion was then firmly in charge but the current
BBC practices still seem to be set in that time warp.
Worse. With the need to seek a Charter renewal
there seems now to be a desire to please the Blair faction in
the Establishment with its misguided drive to make faith schools
central to education. Yet the majority of those currently polled
are against faith schools and, I venture to suggest, would also
be against the deliberate extension of the marked religiosity
of the current BBC programmes. In Nazi times no written orders
had to be given since every official knew what Hitler wanted.
The BBC policy makers seem to be acting on similar pressures from
Mr Mark Thompson.
Little is produced for those who do not accept
religion. Thanks to an inept Census question the latter are sadly
under-estimated. 40 per cent is the NSS estimate, a figure which
has been approved by statisticians.
It is my submission that faith materials should
be excluded from BBC programmes with the same zeal that they are
This would serve us all better.
8 October 2005