Much of this post will be irrelevant to non-British readers. I apologise in advance.
I am getting worried about the BBC’s syllogistic facilities. From a BBC “South Today” news broadcast:
“Two ladies from our region are taking part in the world gliding championships in Australia. Our success in the Women’s’ Football League shows what can be achieved”
Therefore, somewhat illogically:
British women are good at football.
Football is a sport.
Gliding is now apparently a competitive sport, rather than a pastime.
Therefore British women will be good at gliding.
I am not totally convinced.
In a similar vein, why was the BBC so interested in the fact that “only” 42% of performers at the Glastonbury Festival were female? All hail to the tweeter who stated that in his/her opinion the quality of music is more important than the gender of the performer.
I am beginning to wonder if the BBC is trying to outdo Channel 4 in its “equality” stance. Sorry BBC, but having a continuity announcer from Ulster will never quite outdo the apparent Jamaican on Channel 4 (a channel that was set up to be controversial and forward-looking).
Both are equally comic to a listener brought up in the days when even a Dorset accent was deemed a hindrance to career progress.