The British Broadcasting Corporation, not well known for its sensitivity regarding moral and ethical matters has just plumbed into an even deeper channel of sewage.
Followers of The Archers (a radio soap about country life and matters) will know that, apparently, two of the characters are in a predicament.
The girl is pregnant. Should she keep the baby (sorry, foetus) or abort the foetus (sorry, baby) - that is the question.
Those in the Beeb responsible for the programme decided, according to a correspondent in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, to hold an online poll asking Archers fans to vote whether the
Now, of course, this is all a work of frothy fiction but, it is dangerous to merge the lines between play and reality; it is also extremely bad taste. Words fail me.
The poll now appears to have been withdrawn but there is plenty of comment on the Archers blog (yes, really) where the current view seems to be that the best storyline would be if the girl in question just miscarried the infant naturally (?).
You see, that gets the producers and the Beeb off the hook
A natural miscarriage, makes everyone happy.
Perhaps a group of the Forty Days for Life folk might like to make a stand outside Broadcasting House.
Now there's a thought.