“…this copious stream of pontifical, anonymous mugwumpery with which we have been dosed for so long.”–Churchill, on the BBC
Private Johnson Beharry’s courage in rescuing an ambushed foot patrol then, in a second act, saving his vehicle’s crew despite his own terrible injuries earned him a Victoria Cross.
For the BBC, however, his story is “too positive” about the conflict.
The corporation has cancelled the commission for a 90-minute drama about Britain’s youngest surviving Victoria Cross hero because it feared it would alienate members of the audience opposed to the war in Iraq.
As usual, Ace nails it:
“Remember, these are the people who are always calling for entertainment and art that “challenges people’s beliefs.”
Except their own, of course.”
In fairness to the BBC, they do not have a blanket ban on sympathetic coverage of the troops at the front. For example, here’s a heart-tugging piece from Afghanistan by a Beeb reporter embedded with those brave, selfless warriors…of the Taleban.
From the Telegraph, here’s Pvt. Beharry’s story:
He was cited for “valour of the highest order” after he drove a Warrior tracked armoured vehicle through heavy enemy fire in May 2004 to come to the rescue of a foot patrol that had been caught in a series of ambushes. The 30-ton Warrior was hit by multiple rocket-propelled grenades, causing damage and resulting in the loss of radio communications. Pte Beharry drove through the ambush, taking his own injured crew and leading five other Warriors to safety. He then extracted his wounded colleagues from the vehicle, all the time exposed to further enemy fire.
The following month, Pte Beharry was again driving the lead Warrior vehicle of his platoon through al-Amarah when his vehicle was ambushed. A rocket-propelled grenade hit the vehicle and Pte Beharry received serious head injuries. Other rockets hit the vehicle incapacitating his commander and injuring several of the crew.Despite his very serious injuries, Pte Beharry then took control of his vehicle and drove it out of the ambush area before losing consciousness. He required brain surgery for his head injuries and he was still recovering when he received the VC from the Queen in June last year.
There may yet be hope for England.
Churchill: “Nations which go down fighting rise again. Those who surrender tamely are finished.”
Who will tell the Admiralty?