And now what’s dividing the nation – the Beeb’s decision to play Rule Britannia without the lyrics at the Proms

And now what’s dividing the nation – the Beeb’s decision to play Rule Britannia without the lyrics at the Proms

I reproduce this poll because it is not often you get an issue that produces a political divide like this. Tories and Leavers, where there is a lot of overlap, are very much opposed to the BBC’s decision while LAB and LD backers are less sure.

In my days as a BBC PR man, admittedly more than a third of a century ago, I would have been delighted at the attention this is getting. It says something about the institution. You wouldn’t get this reaction if this had been another broadcaster.

Mike Smithson

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