Awfully British Inventions


Goodbye Eddie And Thanks For The Laughs

Eric & Ernie’s comedy script writer for much of the classic BBC 70’s period has sadly passed away. I remember him being interviewed about the pressure of writing during that period when the Xmas show was almost deemed to be the highlight of the season itself in Britain and how that intense demand pushed him over the edge mentally at one point. A very talented comedy writer who helped make so many of us laugh.

One of his last TV interviews is worth a watch here.

That Old Hierarchy Of Love

Legislation to legalise gay marriage returns to the commons today (UK) which will inevitably put a spotlight on any MP who opposes it. I include abstainers in the no vote as in this case it’s a pretty clear cut yes or no proposal.

On Friday the Church Of England issued a statement that in the event of gay marriage becoming law the prospect of abolishing the current civil partnership arrangements or extending them to opposite sex couples would cause ‘confusion’.

Maybe those who say gay marriage will dilute the meaning of heterosexual marriage and what it means are somehow fighting to save the benefits  of heterosexual privilege. It’s a status thing isn’t it? And it’s change. People hate change. And some people really get off on enforcing a hierarchy,still if only in their minds.

My marriage is better or more ideal than your marriage, they will continue to say. Same old, same old.That we’re still hung up on marriage as the top of the relationship tree and don’t recognise long term partnerships in common law is lamentable enough. Laws don’t always change attitudes. Sometimes attitudes prompt legislation and other times the road is long and equality takes longer to achieve in practice.

Look at the equal pay act of 1970. That was meant to pay women the same as men for performing the same job. We’re still fighting that one despite the legislation of equality.

To the opposer’s of legalising gay marriage I refer them the recent debate in the New Zealand parliament and the comments of Maurice Williamson who attempted to address their concerns.

Rotten Citizen Test?

Home secretary Theresa May has suggested that the coalition may change questions in the current British citizens immigration test. Anybody applying for a British passport, some sources have suggested, should be able to recite the first verse of God save the Queen.

Luckily most of us know that one:

God Save The Queen
The Fascist Regime,
They Made You A Moron
A Potential H-Bomb.

Or didn’t she mean that God save the Queen?

Image by Paul_appleyard under this creative commons licence

The Truth Is Out As Hell Temporarily Freezes Over

Hell must have frozen over, albeit temporarily as The Daily Mail has admited that ‘Winterval’ , the oft quoted replacement for Xmas supposedly beloved of many UK local authorities, is a myth. Untrue.

Sadly this admission of guilt occurs in the Mail’s Clarifications and Corrections column which is mostly found by searching specifically on their website. Previous corrections are not archived and often a link back to the original story that needed correction is not provided. The column apparently has the blessing of the Press Complaints Commission.

Despite the admission though the articles featuring this misinformation remain on the website whilst the clarification dissolves into the ether as new clarifications replace it.

Predictably a notice below the column states ‘Sorry we are unable to accept comments for legal reasons‘.

A good dissection of the Winterval myth as quoted by Britain’s news media can be found here.

Corrections And Clarifications (Mail web site)

Third party compilation archive feed of corrections and clarifications

Winterval (Wikipedia with original Birmingham poster)