THE idea that Scotland is part of a “union of equals” is now so ridiculous that even light-hearted baking shows can’t keep up the pretence.
The line-up has been revealed for the latest edition of the Great British Bake-off, with a total of 12 contestants battling to come out on top – and it’s so dismal that even fans in England are complaining.
You might think, given that there are a dozen people competing, even just the law of chance would mean at least one of the bakers would come from Scotland or Wales. It’s the “British bake-off”, after all.
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 13, 2021
But no. Keeping pace with the attitude of the UK Parliament, those two nations have been entirely snubbed in favour of England.
The competitors are made up of four from London, another four from the South of England excluding London, two from the North (of England) and two from the Midlands (of England).
London – 4
South (plus London) – 8
North – 2
Midlands – 2
Wales – 0
Scotland – 0
The Great Southern Bake Off
— Sam Bright (@WritesBright) September 14, 2021
It isn’t surprising, but there’s something grimly amusing about it all.
Social media users have been quick to rebrand the competition as “the Great English Bake-off” – though the North-East of England isn’t too happy either, being among the regions snubbed.
Twitter users made their voice heard:
got a bit excited and watched the trailer for the new series of GBBO. I see it’s the “English bake off” this year…fml
— Nicola❤️🏳️🌈❤️ (@pixiecat5) September 14, 2021
How is it a British bake off with only English participants #thegreatenglishbakeoff
— Kat.Beanie (@AutyMamma) September 14, 2021
The Middling English Bake Off
— Feef (@FeckOffFlouncer) September 14, 2021
Introducing the Great English Bake Off. Clearly nobody from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland applied this year. And 6 of the 12 from London and south east. Not good enough. https://t.co/4aEGbxL9Yf
— Ken Johnston (@KenJohnston12) September 14, 2021
— Scott (@ScottThePict) September 14, 2021
Nobody from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, which is a real shame. https://t.co/JjgQIztnbr
— H (@QuizzicalBrows) September 14, 2021
Never seen the show but you’ve definitely messed up big time by only having English contestants this time.
I’m not going to do the comic renaming of the show but it is a valid point.
— Hugh Moan (@weeshug72) September 14, 2021
I really hope the reason not 1 of these bakers
are from scotland,Wales or NI is due to travel restrictions at the time if not that’s a poor show?
— Jean (@Jean75249823) September 14, 2021
The Great English (mainly from London) Bake Off
— Pete Thomson (@PeteTho98112332) September 14, 2021
It’s all the more egregious when, last year, an average of 9.2 million viewers tuned in to see Scottish student Peter Sawkins pick up the top prize for his baking.
Maybe it’s time for Scotland to have our own spin-off…