And the pro-EU #FBPE brigade aren't the only ones trying to politicise the Eurovision Song Contest. Haters of Israel are at it too.
An anti-Israel campaign group staged a stunt outside Broadcasting House in December and the usual Israel-obsessed suspects (Ken Loach et al) wrote to the Guardian (obviously) last week.
Both groups were demanding that the BBC boycott this year's competition because it's being held in Israel.
So far the BBC is holding firm, saying:
The competition has always supported the values of friendship, inclusion, tolerance and diversity and we do not believe it would be appropriate to use the BBC's participation for political reasons.
"Because of this we will be taking part in this year's event. The host country is determined by the rules of the competition, not the BBC.
Toby Young has a fine piece about this in The Spectator. focusing on the sheer hypocrisy and double standards of the people involved. It ends with Toby saying:
If the BBC heeds their demand to boycott Eurovision I will cancel my licence fee.
My view: there is a lot of overlap between loony EU flag wavers and the anti-Israeli hate mob.ReplyDelete