I have just finished watching the three-part BBC series “A Very British Renaissance”. It contained nothing unexpected, that is to say nothing a good English education 50 years ago would not have contained. But it was a story engagingly presented with enough action and changes of scene not to be boring.
One aspect jars. If you do an internet search for “The English Renaissance” you get the following definition: “The English Renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement in England dating from the late 15th and early 16th centuries to the early 17th century.”
This was exactly the period and the content of the programme. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Renaissance)
If on the other hand you search for “The British Renaissance” you get a clutch of links to the BBC programme and some general references to the European, as well as the English, Renaissance.
In fact the programme was all about England and its renaissance as the list of characters referred to in the third part (see below) indicates. The BBC is in fact promoting a very dirty campaign to expunge England and its culture from the minds of people. Why?
Well according to the EU, England no longer exists as a political entity – I am not making this up – and even in the Westminster parliament England is referred only as “The Regions”.
It has come to a pretty pass when a, supposedly free, union of nations has decided to do away with the culture of a whole nation. But then the EU has always been about political expediency rather than embracing the values and feelings of those who are supposed to be its willing members.
Wikipedia quotes “Article 7 of a 1994 draft of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples uses the phrase “cultural genocide” but does not define what it means. The complete article reads as follows:
- Indigenous peoples have the collective and individual right not to be subjected to ethnocide and cultural genocide, including prevention of and redress for:
- (a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
- (b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
- (c) Any form of population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
- (d) Any form of assimilation or integration by other cultures or ways of life imposed on them by legislative, administrative or other measures;
- (e) Any form of propaganda directed against them.
The term “cultural” was removed in the end but the spirit of this draft lives on. Under the terms of the draft the BBC, in its attempts to rewrite English culture as “British” appears to be guilty of “Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;”. It is a serious accusation but as the saying goes “If the cap fits, wear it!”
Just for the record I would like to assert my cultural rights and demand that the BBC stop its programme of cultural genocide. Remember that:
- parliamentary democracy is a creation of the English, NOT the British,
- it is the English renaissance NOT the British
- The democracy that much of the world is now fighting for is a creation of the English NOT the British
- It was the English colonies in America, NOT British.
- We are inundated with immigrants because they want to live under English values, NOT Scottish, Welsh or Irish values.
- Shakespeare was an English dramatist, NOT British.
The cast of characters in part 3 of “A Very
British English Renaissance” was:
Inigo Jones (1573 – 1652) ‘Often referred to as the “first English architect,” . . . ‘
“Jones was the first notable English architect, responsible for introducing the classical architecture of Rome and the Italian Renaissance to Britain.”
“William Harvey (1 April 1578 – 3 June 1657) was an English physician. He was the first to describe completely and in detail the systemic circulation . . .” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Harvey
“Sir Nathaniel Bacon KB (1585–1627) was a painter and landowner from Culford, Suffolk, England.” His masterpiece is an almost impossibly buxom cookmaid holding her melons!
“Robert Burton (8 February 1577 – 25 January 1640) was an English scholar at Oxford University, best known for the classic The Anatomy of Melancholy.”
“John Donne (between 24 January and 19 June 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England.” http://en.wikipedia.org”/wiki/John_Donne
“Nicholas Stone (1586/87 – 24 August 1647) was an English sculptor and architect. In 1619 he was appointed master-mason to James I, and in 1626 to Charles I.”
“Sir Anthony van Dyck (Dutch, many variant spellings; 22 March 1599 – 9 December 1641) was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy and Flanders”
“We had gone on to build a renaissance of our own” says Dr. James Fox, in “A Very British Renaissance” – BBC 2 part 3. Who are the “We”?
The ”We” here are of course the “English” NOT the British. I do not know the identity of Dr. Fox but I am English, NOT British, NOT European and I object strongly to Dr. Fox attempts to write out of history the “English Renaissance”.