February 14th, 2011

Don’t Mention the War

The news that more than half of the council chief execs are paid more than the PM has caused a fair flurry of chatter today. It made it out on to the wires and was picked up by almost all of the news outlets. Except the BBC. A quick look over at the website and it seems large publicly funded salaries are not something they wish to talk about.

Funny that.


169 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Be like turkey voting for christmas

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    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      Cut libraries or cut exec pay? Won’t hear that question on the beeb, either.

      The BBC likes library closures – much more exciting.

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    • 18
      Dickie Bird was the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Sometimes Billy, not often mind, you hit the nail right on the head.

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      • 74
        Worthless Lib Dem Pledge says:

        BBC needs to commercially funded, its remit has gone way beyond an independent broadcasting company. No private broadcasting company could afford to expand like the BBC or waste £100million on an overspend for new build without sanction to anyone. It’s more like a lefty propaganda arm of Liebour. When will the government have the courage to set it free to the commercial world, we’ll see how cherished is it then!!

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        • 144
          Scotty says:

          If you want a laugh you should see the BBC management tree that it is currently been publicised for Scotland – more chiefs than indians by a factor of at least 4 – no structure that would stand the test of a business organisation as every one reports to every one. I was brought up to understand that a management structure should have clear roles and duties shown and that if a manager had a lot of other managers reporting to him/her then the organisation was overfat. The BBC is over over over fat with management.
          We can be confident we know where the licence fee goes – jobs for the boys and girls but no work to do, except to carry their wages home in a removal van.

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        • 146
          EastMidlander says:

          Sell the Left wing BEEB to Murdoch for realignment to the Fox News standard

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          • Poor Bill says:

            The Bruce !

            You don’t even know how to spell your own name, you Franco-Norman tit.

            It’s ‘De Bruce, De Bruce !’

            You French t*at.

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        • 165

          Indeed. Its remit has gone outrageously beyond what would be expected or permitted of an ordinary ‘independent broadcasting company’.

          Perhaps it is the invocation of the magic word ‘corporation’ which enables it to be exempted from the usual rules of fiscal providence. Or perhaps these rules have followed a former Chancellor’s Golden Rule in a lemming-like plunge into auto-destruction.

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      • 88
        Worthless Lib Dem Pledge says:

        Two tier authorities have several CEOs who get paid more than Dave. Why have one CEO on £150,000 when you can have five!! I’m not kidding, look around the country for two tier authorities covering the same area and tax payers are paying many times over for several tiers of management in duplicate authorities. All so called director of services pegging their salaries to the CEO, middle managers pegging their salaries to directors and so on. These are where the cuts should be made not front line services.

        Even Nick and Dave with their inexperience of life could solve this one if they really tried. Their energy could be spent on this and other big issues of importance rather than the Big Society bllocks or Nick’s homosexuals getting married in a church.

        Come to think of it, why is Nick sending his kids to a faith school many miles away from where he lives when he wants gay people to be married in a church, isn’t there a conflict of beliefs, Nick?? Hypocrite. Dumb down universities, dumb down faith, dumb down marriage, dumb down schools, dumb down defence, upgrade immigration, upgrade contribution to EU, create an EU state- you are a waste of space Clegg.

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        • 159
          Karl Henchmann says:

          So you’ve noticed that ‘Local Government’ is being changed to aid the creation of ‘Euro-regions’.

          You are ten years to late mate. The deed is done. Regional and sub-regional ‘local government’ is here to stay.

          ‘The Reich Lite marches on’.

          Get use to it English monkeys, England is finished, ha ha ha ha ha.

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    • 23
      The BBC says:

      Council chiefs in Wales ‘get right pay for their work’

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12446491

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      • 28
        Anonymous says:

        “…..according to the body representing local government leaders.”

        No shit, Sherlock.

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      • 36
        P. Doff says:

        Considering the number of illiterate sheep shaggers that populate Wales… there must be a fair number of the same being in such top positions.

        (And by “top positions”, I mean on councils… not with baa-baa’s woolly hind legs stuffed down their owner’s wellies).

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        • 47
          Anonymous says:

          FFS why isn’t the Coalition communications office hammering home these facts at every opportunity rather than wasting precious time on the Big Society bollocks.

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          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            Clearly these guys are very good at something or other if they manage to get themselves such wages. (It might be of course that they are just good at selling the idea that they should be paid a lot).

            They are probably quite good in the arts of bollocks and politicking, so are a harder target than a bunch of trees. And that one went really well dinnit.

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          • Ed Bollokov ( Son of Brown, Deficit-Admirer-in Chief ) says:

            Will I do ????

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        • 92

          “illiterate sheep shaggers” wonderful mental image, Mr Doff, but would literate ones be any better?

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    • 79
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Eric Pickles looked absolutely delighted that the “salary spotlight” had been moved from parliament to local council chiefs.

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    • 152
      CMQ says:

      Just the tip of the iceberg!

      Doesn’t take into account all the contractors (IT, Finance, Procurement, Production etc, etc).

      The BBC along with all levels of government is chock full of non salaried staff, raking in anywhere between £400 and £2500 PER DAY. Many of these non salaried staff have been in post for donkey’s years. That’s the real scandal of who gets paid more than Cameron.

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    • 160
      Crikey says:

      If you are in a publicly funded cocoon you keep quiet about such things as exec pay in public bodies. It’s all well and good having marxist beliefs but you don’t want to be on the bread line while pontificating.

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    Mrs B says:

    The same council execs that are cutting front line services unnecessarily whilst lining their own pockets – then blaming the Government.

    It stinks. Come on Pickles – a bonfire of the councils!!

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    • 31
      Captain Hindsight says:

      To be honest, why didn’t Cameron and Pickles see this one coming? Everyone else did.

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      • 64
        Hopeless Hilton says:

        It wasn’t on my blue sky radar…

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      • 133
        Anonymous says:

        Then elect councillors who’ll bring a stop to this nonsense. If people keep voting back the same crap people who bring them the same crap services then they deserve to wallow in the shite of their own making.

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        • 166

          So the Labour councils that are closing library services are doing their voters’ will in getting rid of services which they have no interest in keeping? Quite logical. So why the shrill bleating (I have noticed an ovine theme in this thread) about the closures?

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    • 121
      Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

      You fat -ist Hunt

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    • 147
      EastMidlander says:

      Poor Eric, no one came along with a box of matches to help him light his bonfire. Matchs not an approved expenses claim item

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  3. 3

    They’re keeping their front page clear for the passing of Thatcher, as usual when there’s something anti-state in the air.

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  4. 4
    Cynic says:

    It’s an entitlement. Like a Taxi Account. Free booze. Free houses because your employer has the temerity to move its factor oop north because it doesn’t think its whole output should be based in London

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Troughers, the lot of ‘em

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  6. 6
    Cunt Face says:

    They mentioned it on 5 Live, turn on the radio Guido

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  7. 7
    Gordons blownit all says:

    Maybe they felt they could have done better for themsleves

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    its about time our [polictions and locel chief execs lived in the real world , I proporse a 50% cut in pay to Mps ( Back bench down to about 30k above natainal avarage) , Pm and ministers the same ( and shadow) , local council chiefs pay down to a back bench mp , 50% cut in manergers and middle manegers .

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I must say I’ve heard this story some time ago. They were looking critically at why theres such an inflation in their pay. It was some R4 prog- I was listening to it while gardening (hence on a dodgy old radio).

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    Marr gives Balls an easy time says:

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  11. 11
    Sapailo says:

    Will those B.B.C. staff who transfer to Manchester still trouser the same pay ?

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    • 22
      Anonymous says:

      and the rest, mate

      re-location money; inconvenience money; mortgage subsidy; travel costs; etc etc

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      • 45
        P. Doff says:

        Plus the cost of elocution lessons and translators.

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      • 51
        eeu to me says:

        I give a month before the staff will transfer back dahn sarf,after being broken into for the umpteenth time and car nicked for the tenth time and the insurance refusing to cover them or offering a tot premium,the one’s who stay are the one’s Granada will hire because they will be the best of the best.

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          dutchy in scotland says:

          It will give the overpaid luvvies form the south a taste of what a real Labour area is like to live in. Whippets, pigeons and unabated crime excellent stuff !!!

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        • 70
          P. Doff says:

          Fuck the Granada system… they raised John Burt before he went to the BBC and look what happened afterwards!

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          • Anne Accountant says:

            My mate had a Granada once, Bright yellow it was and went like the clappers. And the wipers didn’t work either.

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          • the real John Burt says:

            get it right. John BIRT. was the accountant leftie i/c the BBC. (can I sue for slander?)

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    They have to keep the website clear for urgent news like this:

    ‘Men rescued from Acton house fire
    Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued two men after flames tore through a home in west London.

    ‘The fire took hold of a shop with flats above it on Acton High Street at about 2320 GMT on Sunday. Four appliances went to the scene.’

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    Droit de Cuissage says:

    The BBC has mentioned this, but not in the way you were expecting…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12446491?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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  14. 14
    Bazz says:

    Is that the Big Bollocks Corporation?

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Oh, and thats not news, its PR.

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      sockpuppet #4 says:

      This strikes me as some sort of publicity, manipulation of what goes on the news agenda of the day, and whether or not they can get themselves in as a steve wright in the afternoon factoid.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11319918

      I looked at that and thought “10:17 ? ” but of course it was news last september. but of course, it was news then by the BBC because they were pushing it up the news agenda so people would watch their Panorama prog in the evening.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Oh yeah and the BBC , simple no-one earns more than the PM .

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  17. 19
    Bazz says:

    Or even the Big Bucks Corporation?

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    Taxfodder says:

    For more years than I care to remember I have see my local Conservative led council servants ramp up car parking fees, council taxes and pay themselves huge salaries while sneakily reducing many of the services to just about non-existent for the people they serve. I recently heard our local council chiefs have seen fit to increase burial charges by a staggering 40%, grave robbing next I should not wonder!

    Too often these Councils are cosy little cliques with nodding agreements amongst themselves ever ready to pat themselves on the back and award themselves perks that taxpayers struggle hard to pay for.

    It is interesting to see how they are quite happy to sack their own troops and reduce funding to essential services rather than take a pay cut themselves.

    I note how these councils are infested by work-shy upstarts that would struggle to get a proper job in the real world they so often claim their ridiculous salaries need parity with.

    I have a message for them, fuck off and get an equivalent salary in the real world your council job is worth no more than the average UK salary 28K note please! At the moment falling across the board from £28,207 to £25,543 – a difference of £2,664.

    If you want more, get a proper job where tangible results mean you keep your job…if you are lucky!

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    • 46
      Annie says:

      If Omaha Beach can freeze government salaries why can’t Wavy Davy and The Mexican general Clegg?

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      • 49
        Mexican General Clegg says:

        Now look here

        I am very busy organising for homos to get married in churches, synogogues and mosques…

        You must get your priorities right…

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        • 112
          Aesop o'Sardis says:

          Is it not for the Churches to decide who should be allowed to marry in their own consecrated buildings? Cleggy and Dave are making a big mistake to try to interfere with religious matters. The French government would not dare!

          They really are a pair of utter fuckwits! I give the coalition 6 months and Cameron a further 6. Clueless ‘managers’!

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  19. 24
    Guido knows my ISP says:

    O/T but worth taking note of:

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,745383,00.html

    The EU and her own party use Angie and Nicolas and wipe the floor with them.

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    • 53
      Reuters Correspondent says:

      Good article

      But the real reason for Angela and Sarko to try to establish
      an “economic government of Europe” is that it is the only way
      to save the Euro

      And they are too scared of saying so…for fear of market reaction….

      And the disintegration of the Euro will destroy the European project for ever…

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    • 84
      AC1 says:

      The EU is a tax cartel and we are it’s victims.

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      • 115
        Aesop o'Sardis says:

        van Rumpoy and the rest of the European Commission do not like Merkel or Sarkozy. They do not do things the European way. They got democratically elected FFS – that is NOT the way Europe should be run!

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  20. 26
    I hate New Labour says:

    Did anyone really think the Tories would clamp down on the BBC?

    Cameron’s as left/centrist as Blair ever was. Big state, sorry ‘society’, more integration with Europe, un-winnable wars in countries thousands of miles away. Yep, more of the same sh1t from the last 14 years.

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    • 117
      Aesop o'Sardis says:

      Cameron is well to the left of Blair.

      Blair is an evil, corrupt, fascist warmonger. Sadly, some of us saw that in the mid-90s and have had to watch from behind the couch as all our fears came true.

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    Engineer says:

    Dead right, Guido. Just listening to WATO, and not a whisper of this. We’re still in Egypt at the moment (apparently the Egyptian Army has been busy clearing Ta-whatsit Square or the massed hordes of BBC reporters). Prior to that, we had a lengthy sneer-at-Big-Society session, with lots of emphasis on how withdrawing taxpayer funding of charities will cause the country to implode.

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    • 30
      Anonymous says:

      Clearing away demonstrators and outlawing strikes is democratic, apparently.

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    • 37
      Engineer says:

      We’re now onto the Russians simulating a mision to Mars.

      Council leaders troughing? Move along please – nothing to see.

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      • 63

        Why nothing from Tunisia anymore?

        That’s a pretty good place to do coverage from. Plenty of bars and swimming pools.
        Maybe its just the brothels might not be up to Cairo standard.

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        Mornington Crescent says:

        Exactly, Engineer. I had to switch off after that as more than 10 minutes a day of that harridan Kearney is more than a sane man can bear.

        Tom Newton-Dunn has a good go in The Sun too, I noticed, in between their excellent new “Page 360 – the digital version of Page 3 which gives you an all-round view of our beauties…”

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        • 103
          Anonymous says:

          So what’s the BBC line on the Egyptian revolution they’ve been inciting for weeks now that martial law has been declared???

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    • 100
      Fog says:

      BBC TV 1 pm news spent most its time rubbishing the ‘Big Society’ – the parting shot from the economic genius journo – many people won’t have access to services which used to be free. Brilliant. And there’s me thinking it was our taxes that paid for it. Maybe if all the Marxists hold hands in a circle cash will come floating down from the fairies, which is obviously where they think it comes from. For the BBC it must seem like that.

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  22. 32
    disgsuted grange over sands says:

    Not only the officers what about the 30,000 + councillors receiving pay and allowances.

    Some are on £30K + some Councils have allowances for the leader of the Independent group.

    Many are in recepit of pensions , disability allowances some receive payments from more than one authority why the hell do we pay them at all for civic duties – which are supposed to be and honour

    Why do we pay for political officers.

    Only tittle trofers but a hell of alot of our money in total.

    By the way I am an upaid parish (actually Town) councillor.

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  23. 33
    Jack says:

    In most advanced economies a market share of over 25% in a sector is considered a dominant position.

    Why in God’s name is the BBC allowed to keep a 44% media market share

    If it were a private company it would have been broken up years ago…

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    • 35
      Governor of the Bank of England says:

      At least half of the BBC should be split off and privatised…

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      • 41
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        Nope , All of it , Let the market decide , If as they say everyone loves the BBC they wont have any problem in a free market……. Or will they?

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      • 59

        Er , no.

        At least half of the BBC should be summarily put on the dole. Once that has been done, half should be split off and privatised.

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        • 136
          Anonymous says:

          Well you’re half right. Place half on the dole, the other half liquidate and feed to pigs as low grade swill.

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  24. 43
    Annie says:

    Even the Grauniad is running the story…

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/14/half-council-chiefs-paid-more-than-pm

    The BBC should be brought to heel immediately…

    Is there anyone in the Coalition with any guts or honesty left ?

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  25. 48
    Plant says:

    Now that the BBC have placed their top News man right at the heart of number 10, they have nothing to fear from this government anymore.

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  26. 50
    Old Woman who runs the BS Food Kitchen says:

    Come and get yer gruel! Luvverly gruel! Still warm! Freshly topped with some of Sam Cameron’s dandruff, from when she stirred it for a few seconds during a photo-op 2 days ago!

    Get yer gruel! Come on, luvverly gruel!

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  27. 54
    The EUSSR BBC Party says:

    Move along now, there’s nothing to see here.

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  28. 56
    Reuters Correspondent says:

    How many people in the BBC are paid more than the PM ?

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  29. 60
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is it me or doesnt this title make sense ?

    http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/dan-hodges/2011/02/org-dot-labour-party-miliband

    From seen elswhere : To actual and offical end of new labour

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  30. 61
    "Margaret Thatcher is Absolutley Right". Sally Bercow says:

    A Little known Fact. Sally Bercow, then Sally Illman was a Thatcherite. Minute 2:13 Sally speaking at the Tory Conference.

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    • 101

      Beautiful linenfold. I want to get some of that knocked up for my pad down here. Just get that slapper out of the way and I can use the pic as a pattern for my foreman to commission.

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      • 113
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        These days, anything can be airbrushed out, or into a picture by using computer technology.

        What a pity we can’t use this on our governments.

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  31. 62
    Tom Baldwin says:

    Would you “adam and eve” it ??

    Wedding: Guido Fawkes to Be Wills’ Best Man

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  32. 68
    Hugh S says:

    I noticed this comment from Richard Kemp, vice chair of the LGA: (from the Guardian)

    Kemp says now: “Pickles doesn’t like local government. He appeals to the average reader of the Daily Mail, rather than to the average council leader – of any party. People at local government gatherings are turning off in their droves when he speaks.”

    Last time I checked, the Daily Mail had around 2 million daily readers (plus squillions of page impressions on their website).

    There are 359 council leaders.

    Somehow I think it’s Kemp, not Pickles, who has got his priorities wrong.

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    • 124
      Aesop o'Sardis says:

      Not unlike Cameron. It seems to me that there are probably a handful of people who believe in the BS and I have seen and heard many hundreds, if not thousands, who think it is a risible, puerile, insulting and unworkable idea.

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    gildedtumbril says:

    The BBC are an extra large bunch of bastards, buggers and a word beginning with C that slips my memory. Ah well, it’ll come back to me. The thing to remember is that the BBC is apalling, with a capital P, extortion with a capital X and overall a cosy £4,000 million a year rip off. If I choose not to buy a packet of cornflakes I do not wind up with a criminal record.
    The Great British suckers pay the TV TAX for the dubious honour and privilege of being fed government propaganda, pap, and recycled sewage. It is a bloody travesty. It should be flogged off, piecemeal at a car boot sale, on ice.

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    Bob the Builder (just back from providing the ladder for Squeaker) says:

    I think the Coalition’s No 10 is becoming as dysfunctional as Gordo’s…

    And that is saying something….

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  36. 76

    BBC is the best in the world and needs to attract people of the highest caliber.

    Just look at this afternoon’s schedule..

    Escape to the country
    To buy or not to buy
    Cash in the attic {celebrity edition}
    deadly 60
    Flog It
    weakest link
    Put your money where your mouth is.

    Finest TV in the world. If they didn’t pinch £145 off every household then you wouldn’t have this quality.

    And you wouldn’t even have known about Egypt !
    {assuming you have no access to newspapers or SKynewsITNCNNCBSC45ALjazeeraetc

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    • 78
      Johnny Morris says:

      Deadly 60 is Brill.

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    • 97
      streamfisher says:

      Escape to the country
      To buy or not to buy
      Cash in the attic {celebrity edition}
      deadly 60
      Flog It
      weakest link,

      I see the actions of 13 years of New Labour MPs has wormed way into the psyche of the BBC and its Director in Chief of Public Offal Programming.

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      • 116
        Cynical-old-bag says:

        Cheap and awful programmes. They just roll them round all day like on Sky.

        What a complete waste of Licence fees.

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    • 99

      You know, Bill, if they advertised in the Grauniad, or even the local shop window come to that, for “people of the lowest calibre to whom we will pay shit wages, barely above the minimum wage, if that much”, the people they would recruit could hardly do worse than the current shower of champagne guzzlers.

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    eeu to me says:

    Today should be charities big win day,the bankers will order a new Bentley and buy more properties in Bermuda

    The poor will still be poor,the old will still get adverts for a Stanna stair lift as advertised by a charity,the sick will be sick,fit animals will still be put down and the charities will still be stopping you getting in Tesco’s until you put your hand in your pockets,and idiots will still work for free in charity shops in belief they are the charity helping whatever they say they are helping.

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    Ed Balls: David Cameron is ‘taking country back to Thatcher era’

    *** ### £££ FUCKING GOOD SHOW £££ ### ***

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  39. 102
    Paul Marks says:

    Yes the BBC are biased statist scumbags.

    However, Mr Cameron is yet another Conservative Prime Minister who has failed to get rid of their special tax – the “license fee”.

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  40. 104
    streamfisher says:

    I’d call it the BFG Bank (after Roald Dahl) or as their employees call it: The Giant Peach Tree.

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  41. 105
    The general public says:

    But are they not simply living up to the Thatcher/Tory principle that greed is good and every one for themselves?

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    • 132
      Aesop o'Sardis says:

      Don’t leave out Blair, Brown, Balls, Cooper boy, Morley, J Smith, Eric Illsley, Denis MacShane, that pigmy red squirrel from Salford, McNulty, Prescott, Straw, Chaytor et bloody c.

      For them, verily, it is true – greed is good.

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  42. 106
    streamfisher says:

    Get a fucking life mod bot.

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  43. 108
    Final Straw says:

    I have just made a complaint on the BBC website for the first time i might add, when filling out the complaint they even have a category in the drop down for bias. I have always know the BBC are biased to the left. But has anyone ever put a complaint in before? What kind of response can i expect? Just a standard bull shit letter no doubt?

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    • 111
      streamfisher says:

      I complained once to some luvvy in charge of the BBC ‘News’ output when they used a storyline from Eastenders as the second leader on the 6 0’clock News, confusing fantasia with reality again, I got an e-mail reply to the effect that peoples perceptions of what is news and what isn’t differs, I called him an arsehole and never heard anything more about it.

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      • 119
        Final Straw says:

        I think its a disgrace that they are allowed to charge a tv tax and then set there own agenda on what the news should be. Am i the only one thinking that the complaint box must be full to the brim with complaints about BBC bias? something has to change but has Dave got the gonads to sort it out?

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    • 118
      Jim Royle says:

      yer ‘avin’ a laf arnt’ yer son, response! response! wer you born yesterdee???

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    • 126
      Mornington Crescent says:

      What kind of response can you expect? The fuck-all kind, if my experience is anything to go by.

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    • 140
      cheche says:

      I used to get standard replies form the BBC until I began signing with a Muslim name which fitted the initials on my email. Then I began to get proper answers and apologies

      Best of luck

      Kamal Ahmed

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  44. 109
    Christy says:

    The Bullshit spewed out by beboids is apalling left wing crap totally biased against the government.
    When is Cameroon going to grow a pair and disband this taxpayer funded crowd of overpaid politically motivated arseholes.

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    • 120
      Davey Wavy says:

      what is this ‘grow a pair’ lark??
      you see it everywhere
      what is it?
      sounds like bollocks to me

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    • 148
      None so blind as party tribalists says:

      When is Cameroon going to grow a pair….

      If you aint cottoned on by now that your leader’s a complete dickhead (who’d a thought!), there’s no hope for you.

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    They've given blanket coverage says:

    to Dave’s total and utter waste of time, space and political capital that is the Big Society tho, for which I’m sure he’s grateful.

    That BS bullshit is a weight around his neck, like he hasn’t got enough shit on his plate at the moment without having to try and justify this airy fairy PR crap.

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  46. 114
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    “Touch the screen………touch the screen”.

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  47. 139
    Duncan says:

    Hahaha.

    Why would they?

    Why bring light onto matters that will potentially bring their salaries down?

    They’re not that silly.

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  48. 141
    genghiz the kahn says:

    The BBC’s must keep several taxi company’s solvent, don’t most of the executives think that a black cab counts as public transport for expense accounts purposes?

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  49. 142
    Old labour Worker says:

    I just don’t understand it, you would think that a Labour Council would move heaven and earth to keep things like Libraries and swimming pools open. All the facilities that can be used by old people and the working man. The very people they are meant to represent.

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    • 151
      Anonymous says:

      Nah- far more important to keep the Chief Executives in the wealthy style to which they’ve become accustomed, whilst cutting front line services and blaming it on the Coalition.
      With a subservient press to keep the whole scandal under wraps, the majority of the poor suffering council-taxpayers will be none the wiser.

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  50. 143
    gildedtumbril says:

    And another thing…Why doesn’t what is laughingly named BBC news have a laugh track? It is especially missed on items like drippy willy and kate to wed.
    If she turns out to be independant minded we may have to pay for another ‘accident’. And, has no one noticed how rodentlike he becomes every picture that is flooded over the media?

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  51. 145
    cyberduck says:

    Hmm… misfired with this one Guido. I suspect the BBC didn’t follow-up the Telegraph story because the BBC has already done it… about three months ago. The website went bonkers over it, listing all of the top public sector earners. This is more a case of “why’s it taken the Telegraph so long to catch up?”

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  52. 154
    DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells says:

    Sort them out Billy, but don’t hold your breath

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/14/al-qaida-supergrass-hague

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  53. 155
    169995 says:

    Is there a problem with a 2 line bill going through parliament stating. No publicly funded employee can earn more in any one year than the prime minister of UK. There does that sound like a problem ?

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  54. 163
    WokinghamChris says:

    What I want to know is, what has Max Wall look-alike Will Gompert done to shoot to fame on BBC. He’s on every night.

    It simply cannot have anything to do with talent or good looks; although I admit there is a kind of morbid fascination with the weird.

    Is he the nephew of someone important in BBC Management, perhaps?

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  55. 167
    Handycock says:

    It is quite right that these Council Officers are paid such huge salaries, it is us Councillors who set their levels of pay. I should know because I am also a Councillor with portfolio responsiblity in Portsmouth, as well as being an MP. The Council Officers set our allowances levels, we recently had a 39% rise in ours, in Portsmouth. The fact that both groups are involved in this decision making, ensures total impartiality, I am sure you will agree. By the way, the Chief Executive Portsmouth City Council is also quite rightly paid more than the Prime Minister, he is also a member of my Lodge.

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  56. 168
    kitten says:

    The Big Society!!! We commen mortals should take to the streets turf out all these over payed idiots and run our own councils. Why are the Brits so wimpish? I know what most people want. Streets cleaned, good local services, and the councils to mind their own bloody business. They are supposed to be public servants not mini gestapo officers living off the fat of the land.

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  57. 169
    Will G says:

    It’s just dishonest reporting Guido – and you are among the guilty. The salary of the PM is a very small part of the payback for that job – incredible pension, book deals, speaking tours, free (and very impressive) housing, private jet. Council leaders simply don’t compare when you open your eyes.

    Lies, damn lies and and an arbitrary statistic.

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