Cancel culture warriors try to silence a nation’s song of pride

Today in The Australian

Whatever else it may do, the BBC’s decision first to drop the lyrics of Rule, Britannia from the last night of the Proms and then, faced with public outrage, reinstate them, should lay to rest any remaining doubts about the abject ignorance that underlies today’s cancel culture.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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8 Responses to Cancel culture warriors try to silence a nation’s song of pride

  1. Snoopy

    The BBC’s decision to drop the lyrics of Rule, Britannia from the last night of the Proms should lay to rest any remaining doubts about the true nature of the BBC.

  2. Zyconoclast

    should lay to rest any remaining doubts about the abject ignorance that underlies today’s cancel culture

    It is deliberate, planned and malicious.
    British government and institutions hate the native population and want them at best destroyed or at worst reduced to serfs, dominated by foreigners.

  3. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    A woke joke!

  4. Ellen of Tasmania

    Pity the Brits aren’t as loud and angry about their current enslaving.

    Peter Hitchens:

    “Here we all are in a state of rage about whether the words of Rule, Britannia should be sung at the Last Night Of The Proms.

    Yet the same people who claim to be exercised about this meekly submit to compulsory masks, house arrest, the suppression of Parliament, compulsory family separation and a catalogue of outrages against our liberty that only a slavish mind would accept.”

  5. Mother Lode

    There is a sickly cabal that wants to clear away the old world so they have a clean slate to impose their vision.

    Make people ashamed of their history, their culture, their traditions – and then offer to fill the void for them.

    There is a terrifying smallness about people who presume to think they alone have the greatness to encompass worlds.

  6. Mullumhillbilly

    I want to see this version broadcast on the big screen.
    The Goodies, showing the best of British piss take culture… see from 19:40 onward…
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6wzvzy

  7. OldOzzie

    Henry – Praise from Andrew Bolt

    RULE, BRITANNIA! DOWN WITH THE BARBARIANS OF THE CANCEL CULTURE

    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

    Henry Ergas brilliantly exposes the barbaric ignorance of a cancel culture warriors who nearly managed to get the pathetic BBC to drop Rule, Britannia from The Last Night at the Proms:

    The grotesque misrepresentation of Rule, Britannia highlights the cancel movement’s utter disregard for the truth.

    In effect, far from being a jingoistic ode to empire, James Thomson’s lyrics were a hymn to liberty.

    A superb history lesson follows, from its creation in 1740 to its inclusion in the Proms. What is important about it is not just the content, but the effort – and realising that simply to make such an attempt to understand is utterly alien to the kind of people who wanted Rule, Britannia gone.

    The desire to learn and understand is dead in such barbarians. They wish only for power, particularly over anything that may expose them as intellectual pygmies. They are the enemies of reason, and any institution that surrenders to them is a traitor to the civilisation that created it.

    By the way, Henry Ergas is an intellectual adornment to this country, and given far too little public acclaim as such.

  8. a reader

    This was a great piece Henry. Unfortunately the nutters won’t listen anyway

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