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Little Englanders at the BBC — 4 Comments

  1. I do miss RTE 1 now it’s been taken off of MW. I can only listen in when I’m home now.
    You are right Ian the reporters havn’t a clue.

  2. It’s a shame isn’t it. At least I have an excuse, I’m a day in the future and 12,000 miles away but my ignorance about Ireland has only been improved frankly through the blogging community and talking to Irish people via email and Skype. We hear all about the North and it’s shenanigins but little about the Republic. It’ll be interesting to see if thismorning’s news has anything about Bertie resigning . . I doubt it, we’re rather Americancentric over here and they probably think he’s a muppet with a friend called Ernie.

  3. As an Englishwoman, I am embarrassed (though I have to admit I didn’t know the word ‘Oireachtas’ before I moved here, though I at least didn’t think the Republic was still part of Her Majesty’s dominions!) But the people who write the papers aren’t just little Englanders, they are little Londoners. It was annoying when we lived in York, and really annoying when we moved to Scotland. The Guardian reported the Labour Party conference taking place in ‘distant Dundee’, as though the Labour Party had retreated to the back of the north wind to deliberate far from civilisation. As we lived a twenty minute drive from Dundee at the time we found this pretty infuriating.

  4. Les,

    The reporters are paid to have a clue!

    Baino,

    Do you never watch The Muppets? That’s Bert not Bertie! I wondered though how the Chinese coped when the taoiseach and foreign minister went there on an official visit – Mr Bertie Ahern and Mr Dermot Ahern.

    Alice,

    The conversation was taking place in a quasi-political context, but you’re right there is a Londoncentric worldview.

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