This video is for the Brits, mostly, I'm afraid. Singer-songwriter Mitch Benn is asking people to show support for the much-criticised BBC.
Which is, if you're unfamiliar with this country, an unashamedly socialist institution - well, in that everyone who owns a TV has to pay an annual licence fee which goes to finance public broadcasting. The BBC makes, with our money, a whole slew of programmes. Some of them are populist (and then people complain that "They could just as easily be made by a commercial station - why is my money paying for it?"). Some of them are for minority audiences or are fairly highbrow (and then people complain that "I don't want to watch this - why is my money paying for it?"). Those in government are convinced that the BBC board of governors has an agenda to undermine their authority and bring the administration down. People outside government (including some of their own journalists) are convinced that the BBC board are a bunch of arse-licking toadies who do just what the government tell them to. Lefties are convinced it's hopelessly pro-establishment. Right-wingers are convinced it's a nest of Marxists.
In the middle of all this complaining* it goes on providing "comfort and inspiration for the nation," as Mitch Benn says. I'm glad that so many of the programmes that shaped my childhood and my imaginative life got a mention in this wonderful song!
What's this strange feeling stirring in me as I listen? Is it? ... could it be? ... pride in my country?
(Don't worry, it'll be gone again soon enough.)
*We're British: complaining is our national pastime. I can't spend an hour with my father-in-law without hearing a "I don't want to complain, but..." speech.
And see? I'm complaining that we complain all the time!