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1342215.  Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:00 pm Reply with quote

On the programme this week, Quality Street was being discussed, and Sandi said that there were 4 streets in the UK called Quality Street. She then gave the location of one in England and then said, "the other three are in Scotland".

Why give the details of the English one and not the Scottish ones? This betrays the colonialist mentality that pervades the south east of England.

It is the same with radio phone-ins. The presenter will say that a caller is from Manchester, South London, Hull, etc, but only if the caller is resident north of the border, then they are identified as being 'from Scotland'.

We have cities, towns and villages here, too, you know.

(Incidentally, there are 7 Quality Streets in the UK, not 4.)

1342224.  Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:47 pm Reply with quote

This attitude can be seen in the Mailonline today. The first article shows five photos of places affected by Storm Ciara - London, Cumbria, Newhaven, Leeds and Scotland.

Alexander Howard
1342587.  Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:59 pm Reply with quote

I thought the general rule on the BBC was:

1) If it's in London, give the postcode and/or street;
2) If it's in the Home Counties, give the town;
3) If it's further, give the county;
4) But if it is in the north, a wild guess at a county will do;
5) If it's beyond the Tweed it's just 'Scotland', but why are you bothering to mention it?
6) Northern Ireland? Get the foreign correspondent on it, unless he's not back from Scotland yet.


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