Conservative Minister praises film industry for ethnic and gay quota

Jul 8, 2014 by

by Andre Walker, Breitbart: Ed Vaizey, the Conservative Minister for Culture, has praised the British Film Institute (BFI) for demanding ethnic minority, women and gay quotas on the films they finance. BFI is the largest funder of films in the UK, and from September they will no longer finance projects that do not fill diversity quotas, according to the Daily Telegraph. The new “three ticks” scheme means that every film will have to fulfil two of the following requirements:...

read more

British Film Institute tells filmmakers to tick new diversity targets or miss funding

Jul 8, 2014 by

by Hannah Furness, Telegraph: Movie companies have been told they must meet new targets for ethnic minority, gay and female characters on screen to be eligible for future funding from the British Film Institute. The BFI, Britain’s largest public film fund, announced a “Three Ticks” scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding. Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must “tick” at least two of three criteria: on-screen diversity;...

read more

Bacon Tossing Will Now Land You In Prison

Jun 22, 2014 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: [...]  When I first heard about this, it was so overwhelmingly incredible, bizarre and mind-numbing, that I assumed it could not be a true story. But with even the BBC now getting into the act and reporting it, I guess it sadly is true. However I am still almost left without words over this. The story as one write-up has it goes like this: Two people who threw bacon and wrapped it around door handles at a mosque in Scotland were sent to prison on Friday....

read more

“British values” is a PC way of saying “Anglican values” or it’s nothing at all

Jun 16, 2014 by

By Andrew  Lilico, Conservative Home: [...]  But when folk talk of teaching “British values” in schools, I don’t think they have in mind a British constitution and politics class.  I think they mean some more narrow matter of socially acceptable conduct and morality, or perhaps of legal opinion.  On Newsnight recently, Maajid Nawaz of the Quilliam Foundation repeatedly urged Ibrahim Hewitt to condemn the stoning of adulteresses.  I suspect he would contend that “British values” should include...

read more

Politically correct police allow Islamists to protest, but not pro-lifers. Why?

Jun 10, 2014 by

By Cristina Odone, Telegraph Growing up in Washington DC, I saw plenty of pro-life protests outside abortion clinics. America in the 1970s was a battlefield between liberals and feminists who chanted “keep your rosaries off my ovaries” and (mainly) conservative pro-lifers who held up posters of bleeding foetuses and chained themselves to the clinics’ railings. As a teenager, albeit a Catholic one, I felt the confrontations were ugly and not constructive for either camp. Women...

read more

The Knock on the Door

Jun 5, 2014 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: One of the most frightening and characteristic features of a police state is the terrible occurrence of being woken in the middle of the night by state security forces. Whether it was Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, or Mao’s China, this was an ever-present reality and fear for many millions of ordinary citizens. No one was safe. At any time the police forces could be at your door, and the next thing you know you are dragged off by the authorities, often never to...

read more