Reported by Jane Edwards
I used to gamble £1 a week on the National Lottery (won £10 once) but gave it up a couple of years back when I was made aware of how many leftie causes the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave funds to. The latest to hit the news was an award of £95,800 to the Peace Pledge Union “to raise awareness of the role of conscientious objectors” during the First and Second World Wars. This was the day before it turned down a request for £92,900 financial help from the Royal British Legion to expand its Real Poppy Campaign to distribute seeds next year to be sown across the country in time for the 100th anniversary of WW One.
Now the Chairman of the HLF since 2008 is Dame Jenny Abramsky. She got her ‘Dameship’ by her many years as a Director of the BBC, where she was effectively in charge of its radio stations. She left the BBC with a pension of £190,000 every year (paid for by your licence), which is now topped up by another £45,000 for two days a week at the HLF – and at 67 she will be qualified for the old folks winter heating allowance.
Some of the recent HLF grants she must have approved include £69,400 for an archive and exhibition about Polari, apparently a language used in the gay community in the 1960s, and £42,000 for an exhibition about the impact of musicians such as the Sex Pistols on Manchester.
We must again ask ourselves ‘why is it that the BBC is dominated by people with left wing opinions throughout its structure, some of whom go on to infect other areas? One answer is that because all of its jobs are only advertised in the Guardian. Then I spotted a letter in the Telegraph of September 12th from a reader in Kent. In expressing his disgust at the Lottery Fund turning down the Poppy request he wrote:
“…like the BBC and a host of other public bodies involved in the area of education, media and culture, the National Lottery has been colonised by Left-leaning individuals, whose raison d’etre is to promote and facilitate a politically correct and generally non-national social agenda…. The failure of successive Tory governments to tackle the Left’s great march through our cultural institutions is to blame for this latest insult to our country.”
Well, I thought, it seems that when nationalists like John Bean, Mike Newland and Steve Johnston wrote on our website about the ‘long march through the institutions’, and were poo-hooed for this by a couple of Brit Dem viewers here, they weren’t far of the mark. Even I got the point that the idea was founded by Marxist intellectuals in Frankfurt University back in the twenties (long since dead) and as it was more rewarding for their cause than trying to start physical revolutions, it’s received top priority ever since.