Brains Trust (Confucian Aphorism).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 25th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

asked the Minister of Information what steps he has taken to prevent a repetition of the broadcasting by a member of the Brains Trust of an alleged Confucian aphorism which caused disgust to many listeners because of its improper nature; and whether he will give instructions which will prevent the recurrence of such an incident?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

This is a matter of taste which lies in the hands of the Governors of the B.B.C. They will no doubt take note of the hon. Member's view.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

Was it not possible for this offensive reference to be cut out at least of the repetition of that Brains Trust broadcast, and may I ask if this was an attempt by Professor Joad to justify the high salary he is getting by becoming a comedian and qualifying for an even larger salary?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

It may have been possible to cut out this joke, but I must tell the hon. Member once again that I will not interfere with the Governors of the B.B.C. in arranging their entertainments. The House really must stand by the Ministry in this attitude. I will not be a censor of taste in any way.

Photo of Mr Frederick Cocks Mr Frederick Cocks , Broxtowe

Was there anything at all improper in this aphorism?