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Make Bradford British: The Worst Reality Telly We Have Ever Seen.

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Last night Channel Four broadcast the first episode of its latest ‘reality telly’ programme, Make Bradford British.

Utter, utter, gobshite, would be a mild-spoken response to this show.

The premise is that you get a bunch of Bradford people together, from all ‘ethnic’ backgrounds, and see how they get along. Then you make ’em ‘British’.

To what end one might ask?

Well it seems the aim was to let a few sparks fly.

Some ignorant twat would talk about ‘Pakis’.

Which he/they did.

The only sympathetic people were a mixed race lady and a young Muslim woman.

Drowned out by a ex-Magistrate patronising toffette, and a Moslem who is so obsessed with praying seven times a day he forgets to live.

Resisting our urge to kick both of them in their ample backsides, what did we learn?

Bleeding Nothing! 

I live in a very mixed ethnic community.

Ipswich is also very working class: a far greater cultural fact.

By in large we rub along.

I do not want to ‘mix’ with some Toffy-nosed retired Magistrate or some looney who prays seven times day.

So be it.


Written by Andrew Coates

March 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

Posted in Anti-Fascism, Britain, Culture

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  1. I don’t generally react against your posts even where I don’t perhaps fully agree with them. But I’m not sure about this one. I should note that I haven’t seen the programme. ‘Paki’ is a racist expression – it doesn’t mean that the people who use it are themselves automatically racist, or horrible, and it was probably nice/constructive of the two women you mention to respond gently rather than accusingly. But – I also find the term ‘toffette’ rather sneering and sexist – magistrates often are rather securely middle class or upper class women, I suppose – but that’s not a crime, and the only concrete thing you have against this woman is that she objected to the term ‘Paki’. Similarly – I don’t suppose very pious Muslims are likely to become my closest friends any more than very pious Christians – but normally observant Muslims pray several times a day, generally without too much fuss, and I’m happy to mix with them. Maybe if I saw the magistrate I’d agree that the magisrate and the Muslim were deeply tiresome people – it’s just that the *grounds* you give for your hostility seem a bit odd.

    Sarah AB

    March 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

  2. I am hard left Sarah, what do you expect?

    The ‘expression’ Paki was used by an ex-Copper on the Programme, who spoke of going ‘Paki bashing’.

    When I was a kid in North London I had physical fights against skinheads in my school who talked of ‘Good ol’ Enoch’, and actually did, ‘Paki bashing’.

    I recall one outside the school gates where a skinhead tried to beat me up.

    I smashed his gob in.

    In revenge they, a gang, beat me to pulp the day afterwards.

    See Guardian review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/02/make-bradford-british-channel-4-race?newsfeed=true

    I will never give quarter on this.

    Andrew Coates

    March 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  3. Sarah please watch the show…. Coatsey was spot on with his review… the show was a load of BS.
    For me personally, it only underlined the fact that strict Muslims never will, or ever want to fully intergrate with non-Muslims.
    A sad fact that many people want to brush over in favour of an all-embracing tolerant diction, which is thrust upon everyone regardless of the fact, of whether it works long term or not!!
    As for the Magistrate….. calling her a toffette was being far too nice!!


    March 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  4. Sorry Andrew – I think I misunderstood one part of your review – I thought you meant that the two women sympathised with the ‘Paki’ comment (and I assumed that meant that they were simply indulgent rather than approving.,)

    I’ve found a couple of quotes from the magistrate

    I really can’t think why an intelligent, rational person can be a racist,”

    “The colour of your skin is irrelevant to me. But if you’re a dickhead, you’re a dickhead.”

    She sounds quite reasonable to me.

    Sarah AB

    March 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  5. I was at MIPCOM and MIPTV last year, where the TV format owners tout their ideas, there is worse to come trust me.

    It’s cheap TV, easy to produce, and with a bit post production editing a teddy bears’ picnic can look like a bad night out in Homs.

    That a Public Service Broadcaster can get this rubbish past their Commissioners amazes me.

    Pete Shield

    March 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  6. Hola!

    Last December a commisioning Editor for Channel Four contacted Ipswich Unemployed Action.

    Now we get regularly contacted and speak to all kind of news organisations (from Newsnight and Dispatches, all the main papers onwards).

    Normally this is all reglo stuff.

    But this was about a Programme they are doing with Jimmy’s Farm.

    Some kinda reality show about getting Ipswich proles off the dole.

    Unemployment, problem solved!

    We posted our usual acid comments: Jimmy’s Farm scam for posh idiots.

    It’s actually not a rural place like your gaff Pete: it’s on the edge of Ipswich, and the price of their stuff is through the roof.

    Plus our Vegan comrades (I use the word ‘comrade’ loosly) tell us they use the farm for hunting.

    Anyway we got threats from them and had to take some of our comments down.

    Minus for Channel Four.

    Andrew Coates

    March 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  7. Andrew: I knew that the programme would be like that and didn’t watch it. It’s part of the cheapo ‘reality’ tv that floods our television. There is also a political aspect, undermining the workingclass by making them appear biased and ignorant. Middle class film makers lap it up. These days I mainly watch the crime channels, re-enactments of gruesome murders in America. Very interesting sociologically, and they have the advantage of being morally clear cut and not preachy. Anyway, in the words of teh song, ‘A little less conversation, a bit more action…’.

    sue r

    March 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

  8. The bottom line for me is NO TO SEVENTY MILLION. Plain and simple.

    Matt Thompson

    March 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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