Most Read
    Image 01 Image 02 Image 03

    The way you talk about your garden may be racist

    The way you talk about your garden may be racist

    Academic alleges garden talk reflects the “crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain”

    It. Never. Stops.

    Via David Thompson, The Telegraph reports, Is Gardeners’ Question Time racist?:

    It is the softly spoken radio show that provides good-natured help and advice to thousands of gardeners every week.

    So regular listeners to Gardeners’ Question Time may be horrified to discover it has been accused of peddling racial stereotypes….

    But Dr Ben Pitcher, a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Westminster, claimed the programme’s regular discussions on soil purity and non-native species promoted nationalist and fascist beliefs.



    Speaking on another Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed, the academic said: “Gardeners’ Question Time is not the most controversial show on Radio 4, and yet it is layered with, saturated with, racial meanings.

    “The context here is the rise of nationalism. The rise of racist and fascist parties across Europe. Nationalism is about shoring up a fantasy of national integrity. My question is, what feeds nationalism? What makes nationalism powerful?”

    Dr Pitcher said the “crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain” meant people felt unable to express their views for fear of being called racist, so expressed their racial identity in other ways, such as talking about gardening.

    Speaking on the same programme, Lola Young, a crossbench peer and former professor of cultural studies, backed Dr Pitcher’s analysis.

    She added: “I remember back in the late 80s-early 90s when rhododendrons were seen as this huge problem, and people were talking about going out rhododendron-bashing.

    “That was at a time when Paki-bashing was something that was all too prevalent on our streets.”

    When David Thompson sent me the link, he joked: “Well, Soil is Sort of Brown…”

    (Featured Image Source: Gardeners’ Question Time)


    Donations tax deductible
    to the full extent allowed by law.


    Another Ed | August 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    What flowers are those in the garden?
    Black Narcissus.

    There are no bounds to the idiocy of these people, because they are in a rather pathetic cult of infantile narcissism. They’ll never grow up and face their idiocy.

    We need to push them out of the way and relegate them to the cribs they belong in. Put John Boehner and ‘Fail-Rinse-Repeat’ Prebus belong in there with them.

    Leave a Comment

    Leave a Reply

    You must be logged in to post a comment.

    Notify me of followup comments via e-mail (or subscribe without commenting.)

    Font Resize
    Contrast Mode
    Send this to a friend