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Buckfast Code 
18th-Jan-2010 11:39 pm
I have to say that I'm still missing a bit of the picture here if we're given statistics of 40% of young offenders name Buckfast as something they've drank directly before apprehension, but yet Buckfast is less than 1% of alcohol sales in Scotland.

So, I'm saying I'm not an expert on the debate. Got that?


So, we're discussing an Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey to be specific. In case you didn't know this about these Benedictines, they're Catholic. (There are Orthodox and Anglican Benedictines as well, fyi.)

The presenter brings in someone to interview on the subject and we're given a visual of a priest, sitting in a church, wearing a dog collar, purple shirt front, and black suit. He's named on the screen with the title 'Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney'.

Now, I'm the sort of person who knows this sort of thing, but that means he's Scottish Episcopal. The Catholic Bishop is simply the 'Bishop of Aberdeen'. Considering the knowledge of this sort of thing in the average person, I'm guessing quite a few might think he's Catholic.

What bothers me is that he proceeds to give the monks of Buckfast a good virtual kicking about his perception of their incompatibility as Benedictines and the production of Buckfast. (That may or may not be plausible, I'm not up on alcohol, alcohol culture, or the ramifications of this other than what is in the program, really.) He gives this remonstrance without the BBC pointing out that he's not criticising his own, he's criticising members of another strain of religion.

It's this sort of misrepresentation that makes me grind my teeth at the BBC. Maybe it's a small point, but it's necessary to point out if you want to not mislead your audience at all.
18th-Jan-2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing this out, I was going to rant about this program and it's view that because the statistics show a relationship between two data sets that one is the cause of the other, seems I can pretty much ignore the accuracy of the entire show with this post!

BBC, eh, uniquely funded y'know....
24th-Jan-2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I find myself raging at the telly over a lot of their 'documentaries'. :)
20th-Jan-2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Buckie came up in the book I read about the Argylls in Iraq. My impression is that the name is seized on both by its fans and its detractors and used to refer to a whole class of drink, in the same way that people in the US talk about "Mad Dog" (actually Mogen David) 20/20, Thunderbird, or Wild Irish Rose. But since Buckfast is well known and the other makers aren't, the poor monks come in for, as you say, a kicking.

It does seem most unfair not to mention that it's an Episcopal taking a set of Roman monks to task. Although the producers may not even have realised the difference--the percentage of Piskies in Scotland is even smaller than the percentage of Catholics in England.

Though they do say that ignorance of the Lord is no excuse... :-D
24th-Jan-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking about the touchstone of MD 20/20 while they were going on about Buckfast.

That's a point as well, I was thinking they were being a bit underhanded but they might not have noticed either...
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