Saturday 4 December 2021

Amol Rajan - ''Rude and immature''

I've written so many quizzes over the years for friends and family, but I've never asked this bog-standard quiz question before: ''Rita Coolidge's All Time High was the theme to which Bond film?''
The title of the song rather than the song itself was in my head because I was thinking of the phrase 'all time low' in connection to the Royal Family's present relations with the BBC - or at least that part of the Royal Family not associated by title with the county of Sussex.

What surprises me about all this is [a] is how quickly the BBC has been allowed to move on from the Martin Bashir scandal and [b] how many missteps - or deliberate provocations - the BBC has made towards the Royal Family since the Dyson report into that scandal.

And I wonder how is this going down with the public, especially in the light of Amol Rajan's The Princes and the Press? Is it stoking more anger than usual towards the BBC?

Meanwhile, and talking of Amol Rajan...

His anti-monarchist Independent articles and rude tweets repeating chucking bricks at particular members of the Royal Family and the institution in general resulted in the usual apology this week:
1/ In reference to very reasonable questions about some foolish commentary from a former life, I want to say I deeply regret it. I wrote things that were rude and immature and I look back on them now with real embarrassment, and ask myself what I was thinking, frankly… (cont’d) 
2/ … I would like to say sorry for any offence they caused then or now. I’m completely committed to impartiality and hope our recent programmes can be judged on their merits.

That “former life” is just 9 years ago and Amol was nearly 30 at the time. Doesn't that make him a bit too old to play the 'immaturity' card?

Anyhow, someone responded, “Has Amol Rajan been cancelled yet? Isn't that what the Wokies do when distasteful, hateful old tweets emerge?”, but I'm guessing that as Amol isn't just some easily disposable white cricketer like Ollie Robinson that he's safe and will sail on, full speed ahead, onwards and upwards, at the BBC.

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