........from the Last Night of the Proms in the wake of Black Lives Matters protests, as the organisers fear a backlash over their links to colonialism and slavery. For myself, I look forward to seeing a last night of the Proms which doesn't feature the Biritish middle-classes bouncng up and down in an ecstasy of self-approval, but I can't help wondering if someone at the BBC is taking the mickey? It can't possibly be the Daily Mail [whose headline is the thread title] as no-one at the Mail has a sense of humour. I can't help wondering also what connection a poem from a masque written to celebrate Alfred the Great, commissioned by a German prince in order to lick up to the British public in 1740, has with Black Lives Matter. BLM's connection with Land of Hiope and Glory is somewhat less tenuous, given that, consciously or not,"wider still and wider" echoes Cecil Rhodes' imperial fantasies even though Elgar himself wasn't very impressed with Benson's poem as whole.