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‘This snobbery led to Brexit!’ George Galloway condemns ‘condescending’ BBC over Proms row

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George Galloway savaged the BBC for its “condescending snobbery” over its handling of the Rule, Britannia! row. Earlier this week, the BBC announced the lyrics to Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory would be dropped from the Last Night Of The Proms. This has set off a wave of criticism and backlash against the broadcaster, even prompting the Prime Minister to intervene.

Mr Galloway condemned the move, telling RT: “The BBC have offended millions.

“It is precisely this kind of condescending snobbery that led to the Brexit triumph in 2016.

“The left and Liberals often seem as if they hate the country they wish to purpose to vote for them.

“The Liberals and so-called left seem to think it their duty to go against the grain of popular opinion in the country, which is sometimes right, but mostly wrong, as the Liberal Democrats and Labour Party found out at the last election.”

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A new YouGov survey on Friday showed an overwhelming majority of Britons opposed the BBC’s decision to cut the lyrics to the national songs.

YouGov research for The Times shows 55 percent of people asked oppose the move to cut the lyrics from the two songs, compared to 16 percent who back the decision.

Only five percent of people polled believe the songs should not be performed at all at the Last Night of the Proms.

Mr Galloway added: “Land of Hope and Glory is a fantastic tune and it’s a patriotic song.

“Every country has patriotic songs, why should the British be any different?

“Especially on the BBC, paid for by the British. The Last Night of the Proms on the BBC is a highlight for many British people.

“Not for me, not least since the Royal Albert Hall seemed to be full of EU flags the last time I looked.”


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Boris Johnson waded into the row earlier this week by blasting the “cringing embarrassment” over Britain’s history.

The Prime Minister said: “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture.

“It’s time we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness, I wanted to get that off my chest.”

Michael Grade, the former BBC chairman, also blasted his former employer for embarrassing itself over the Rule, Britannia! Proms row.

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