Some people have complained it was an unserious approach by the BBC to primetime coverage of a momentous event. Some Black people have indicated feelings of being let down and poorly represented by Dizzee. It appears on the one hand some fold think that an artiste like Dizzee is not an appropriate commentator for the BBC. Clearly they probably switched on expecting to see Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand showcasing the kind of good taste and high quality the BBC is so well renowned for. Puhleese!
I think some of us are taking our misconceptions too far. There is this completely apposite notion that the BBC is the epitome of quality broadcasting. This is a broadcaster whose head of radio could not see what could possibly be wrong in a public funded programmer allowing its staff to abuse and harass members of the public, and also broadcasting that abuse. The BBC claims to want to pay wages at market rates but feels no need to actually apply the standards of commercial broadcasting to itself. Its perpetually whining about continuing and increasing license funding but offers very little back that is in the public interest. It certainly does not hire people who understand what the public interest entails. This is an organisation that is unwieldy and lacking in both efficiency and innovation.
I cannot see why there is a call for Dizzee Rascal to represent Black people. I don’t want him representing me. I want him representing himself. And he does that very well. He is a smart and witty man who I thought gave a good enough account of himself. No one should expect any more than that of him. If you want to criticise someone for making Black people look bad. Take your pick of Baroness Scotland or Trevor Phillips. They fill that role so completely Dizzee would never get a look in.
And exactly what would I be wanting to feel British for. Has being British suddenly become synonymous with fairness, equality, justice, sincerity or social and cultural emancipation? Maybe these are the things we should value more. These are things I would want to be recognised for being known for. I think there is a slavish devotion amongst British politicians for having a citizenry that is mindlessly patriotic along the American lines. One of the most insufferable things about Americans is their notion that being American superseded being human. Yet the greatness of