Thursday, July 19, 2007
'Britain became separated from mainland Europe,' runs a BBC news story, ' after a catastrophic flood...' Catastrophic? I'm sorry to add to the corporation's woes but this is as clear an example of BBC bias as you are likely to find. The europhiles see this event as catastrophic when, obviously, it was the best thing that could have happened, allowing us to take French holidays without having to mix with the French on a daily basis. I suggest we construct a great mythology around this flood, creating a religion of national birth and destiny. Perhaps, in answer to British prayers, a god, looking not unlike Boris Johnson or, if you prefer, Gordon Brown, or, as I would prefer, Frank Field, swept the mighty waters southward to the dismay of thousands of gesticulating French people. Anyway, this glorious flood now seems to have turned us into this sceptered isle some 200,000 years ago. When I became the first hack through the hole - the Channel Tunnel - it was said to have happened 8,000 years ago. I did try to stop the miner Graham Fagg breaking through to the French side, but, as he so poignantly put it, 'It's a bit late now.' It is, always, too late.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:26 am