November 12th, 2012

Patten Defends Indefensible Entwistle Pay-Off
Government Stand-Off Brewing

The BBC chairman defending the indefensible – Entwistle’s huge pay-off despite only being contracted for less:

So far Downing Street have said this is “hard to justify”. Any upping in that rhetoric and this will be a full blown stand-off…


163 Comments

  1. 1
    Hank the Cat says:

    Fat Pang was the one who signed this off

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    • 5
      The Public says:

      Sack him. Not fit for purpose. Next.

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      • 13
        Some Twat up North says:

        £8,490.56604 per day……………….. Bargain

        That’s 3,103.44828 license fees………. Bargain

        God, he was a good DG.

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      • 17
        V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

        So this is where all the extortionate telly tax goes, close down the BBC and sack the lot of them

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        • 58
          Observer says:

          Perhaps Chris could pay the Entwistle gratuity himself. He has enough dosh. Or perhaps he should just leave it to the “Little people” to pay.

          I wonder which route he will choose…

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        • 64
          A man in the BBC's Pudsey Bear costume says:

          Can I still walk around children’s hospitals, asking kiddies to stroke me?

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    • 19
      UKIP.i.am.still says:

      Would the BBC have accepted this kind of reward without criticism had it been a private company executive who had been forced to resign? Standard state hypocrisy.

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    • 24
      Sophie says:

      Patten gave Entwistle the job.

      Twice now in a matter of days Patton has been shown to be utterly incompetent.

      He must resign. Today.

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    • 36
      Pat 10 says:

      It’s Pattently obvious that a Patten is emerging which is Pattenionally damaging to the BBC

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    • 110
      Sir WW says:

      To be fair, he had to take the bullet for other people’s errors over which he had no actual control. It would have been more appropriate to demote him to one of those empty-sounding ‘management’ positions in which the Beeb specialises. You know – Deputy Head of Interaction or some such.

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        Sick of the FCUKing greed and lies, still! says:

        The theme of the letter seems to be based around contracts and notice periods. I find it difficult to believe that Honour doesn’t seem to come into it. All the Politicians use the irritating phrase “it’s the right thing to do”. Surely it was the right thing to do that Entwhistle resign and forgo any renumeration or is that sort of sentiment only for “Pleb’s”?

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  2. 2
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    Well that was unexpected.

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  3. 3
    Indo says:

    He resigned, because of a series of errors on his watch : pay him 6 months.

    Its tax payer money!

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  4. 4
    Kebab Time says:

    All in it together!

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  5. 7
    Hush money says:

    Paid to keep stum.

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    Hank the Cat says:

    It’s in the DNA a trougher will always help another trougher sort of a code of conduct.

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  8. 10
    Boris says:

    This tragedy is not about the BBC; it is about the smearing of an innocent man. The BBC needs to grasp that first.

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    • 28
      Tom says:

      This tragedy is not about the BBC, or even the incorrect naming of an innocent man. It’s about abuse victims in Wales from where the confusion stemmed.

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      • 56
        Dr Fatson says:

        Confusion? Ha bloody ha! It was a fucking smear campaign.

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      • 73
        Anonymous says:

        Blame Tom Watson for this. He’s the one who started all the rumours – trying to smear innocent people and stir up an imaginary Tory hornet’s nest.

        Watson has diverted attention from the victims to gossip on the internet.

        Conclusion: Tom Watson – not the sharpest tool

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      • 89
        Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

        Tom Watson is to blame for diverting attention from the victims to gossip on the internet.

        Watson is not concerned about the victims, but more about smearing the Tory Party and trying to score political points for himself and the labour party.

        He reminds me of the whingeing coward at school who was always trying to get people in to trouble, because he couldn’t get his own way.

        Have we had any apology from the idiot Watson? Labour should gag him as he’s clearly not the sharpest tool.

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      • 150
        Putting the twat in watson says:

        Its about the left state aparatus trying to smear the right.

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    • 50
      Gonk II says:

      Of course it is. This ‘agreement’ together with their complete lack of understanding of the damage they’ve done is quite incredible.

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    • 67
      golli says:

      His Teles piece is absolutely spot on but that of course means the Beeb will arrogantly ignore it. Talk of the Titanic!

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    • 146
      NE Frontiersman says:

      An innocent man who never chose to sue the backside off David Icke, and all those others naming him online for the last several years.

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  9. 12
    Andrew Efiong says:

    No way he should get a penny of public money.

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  10. 14
    Red Ed says:

    Those who do duty for Pravda are glorious supporters of the People and the People reward them for thanks at the great progress made by the Democratic People’s Broadcasting Truth Ministry.

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    • 88
      Chariman says:

      Good idea. Let’s reward their diligence by giving them the honour to dig sitches in the countryside alongside the peasantry.

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  11. 15
    Stepney says:

    Written with the usual laissez-faire attitude to public money that lifetime troughers like Patten normally exhibit.

    200,000 here, 200,000 there. Who should give a fck? The money just keeps rolling in; got to spend it on something eh Chrissy boy?

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  12. 16
    Tom says:

    He’s resigned without personal misdemeanor taking the BBC’s interest above his own. 12 months is reasonable.

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    • 51
      The Sleeper says:

      How do you get to “with no personal misdemeanor”???

      He’s the Boss…

      He didn’t bother to ask about the Savile Newsnight piece..despite being warned.

      He didn’t bother to ask about the 2 Nov Newsnight piece…despite it being right in the middle of a scandal breaking.

      He didn’t even see the piece before it was broadcast.

      It was all beneath him in “the chain of command”.

      He’s totally culpable…period.

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    • 60
      The Public says:

      You work in the public sector and I claim my £5 tax demand

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    • 87
      golli says:

      He resigned because as the pilot he landed the plane in the bush with the undercarriage up, the seat belts unfastened and the stewardess in the co-pilots seat while allowing others to traduce an innocent man’s reputation. He should be in court alongside BerKow, Boaden and anyone else McAlpine sees fit to sue. But then as the banksters continue to get away literally with murder (see latest Spanish suicides), what else do we expect these days?

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    • 147
      NE Frontiersman says:

      So why resign? Not being up to the job isn’t reason for compensation: or is it now a case of bullying if you’re over-promoted?

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  13. 18
    simon r says:

    Sack Patten and put Murdoch in charge of the BBC – that will f**k them

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  14. 20
    Shooty* says:

    Good thing there’s a bottomless BBC Money pit.

    There are petitions about the license fee on that gov’t petition site. Hopefully this should boost the number of people signing up for them.

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    • 66
      Clipboard says:

      Its not a pit. Its a money tree in the Blue Peter garden. That and a dossier on most of the weirdos in Parliament

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  15. 22
    Hank the Cat says:

    The thing that the BBC should be worried about is critical mass time when there are too many snouts to go into the trough

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  16. 25
    I am putting this comment in the Public Domain says:

    Patten must go.

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  17. 26
    Anonymous says:

    At risk of taking a pasting from you headbangers, I’m with Patten. He’d have got 12 months pay for being a difficult bastard and insisting that the Trustees’ sack him – he did the decent thing and would only have gotten 6 months. Incentive subverted, as it so often is in employment matters. You ought to get rewarded for decent behaviour, not for being a sod.

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    • 62
      SouthEastVoter says:

      Agreed – but why did the BBC Trust issue a contract on that basis?

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      • 158
        Mike says:

        Patten wanted his man as DG. The question is how much inside information does Entwistle have on the BBC and Patten ? Having an ex DG letting slip that many people had suspicions about Savile which were ignore by management could be unpleasant for the BBC.

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    • 74
      Anonymous says:

      The problem with decent men is that they take indecent lengths of time to act.

      That is why all institutions culture the ineffective bosses. They have a purpose. They have a moral compass, but do not point the direction out until after the disaster.

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    Terrible But True says:

    Mrs. Merton: ‘What was it about the principle and precedent of vastly excessive payoffs to inept market rate public sector talents that first attracted you to sign off on the one for the man you hired and whose contract you negotiated?’

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  20. 31
    NFC says:

    It was all within the rules (which nobody has seen a copy of).

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  21. 32
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    What a bizarre letter. Patton is a useless buffoon.

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  22. 33
    One-term Dave, a vacuous knave, says:

    “So far Downing Street have said this is “hard to justify””

    Our membership of the EU is at best “hard to justify”, but I’m going to do SFA about that, too.

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  23. 34
    dunstall says:

    Just watched the first interview with the acting DG Tim Davie,deeply unimpressive if he is the best in house then they are in more trouble than they think,this is an organisation in dire need of root and branch reform.

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    • 43
      Winnie the Pooh says:

      He said he’s going to get a grip. Not clear of what though?

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    • 44
      another dickhead says:

      Scruffy twat wasnt wearing a tie.
      Sack him.

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      • 92
        Boudicca says:

        Davie could barely string a coherent sentence together and made Entwistle look dynamic.
        If that’s the best the BBC can do for an Acting DG, they’re f*cked.

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    • 72
      BodMot says:

      I think it needs Salted earth reform

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    • 75
      The Sleeper says:

      Davie ….”The chain of command has worked in the past”

      “As the man in charge I need to get a grip”…”I’ve done blah blah”…”It was a busy day yesterday”…FFS

      Sounds like a prize prick,full of his own self importance…still he’ll have his few weeks of infamy,and will then disappear without trace.

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    • 162
      paxo's lament says:

      Take the roots and branches and set fire to them.

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  24. 35
    paddybriggs says:

    Truly dreadful letter. Arrogant. Insensitive. Ignorant. Pompous….

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  25. 37
    Tony Blair says:

    £450 grand? Pah! That’s small fry! Now, which country can we have a war with next to line my pockets?

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  26. 38
    bergen says:

    It’s only the public’s money after all.

    He resigned. He was entitled to 6 months pay. If Patten and his friends wanted to give him an ex gratia payment above his contractual rights, they can get their own cheque books out.

    The case for the BBC becoming a subscription service (if it is to continue at all) is now overwhelming.

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    • 148
      NE Frontiersman says:

      ‘He resigned. He was entitled to 6 months pay..’
      How? He was required to give 6 months notice, not the same thing, surely? Do you get compensated for breaching your own contract these days? Being self-employed, it’s all a big mystery to me.

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      • 151
        Little Englander says:

        Every where I have worked over the past 40 years, the notice period has been one month on either side – me or them being the giver of the notice. So why do these people need such a long notice period?

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  27. 40
    Place your bets says:

    What are the odds on Patten quitting before the week is up?

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  28. 42
    another dickhead says:

    He wanted out because he couldnt handle the pressure of the job.
    A man with honour wouldnt take the enhanced pay-off.
    Hand the money back, Entwhistle.

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  29. 45
    Fred the Shred says:

    Public money. Absolutely disgusting!

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      Nigel S says:

      Exactly what some ex Beeboid news editor said on Thursday morning on Toady (well her accent was slightly more refined of course).

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  31. 48
    Steve Miliband says:

    Entwistle will probably martyr himself and not take a years salary for 54 days work. But why on earth do the BBC feel that a person that resigns their position should get more than a months salary

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    • 122
      National Socialist says:

      In the real world if you resign you get nothing. If they needed Entwistle in the future he could work his notice counting paperclips

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  32. 53
    Bewildered Public and that's how we like it says:

    Laughable article by Andrew Marr’s wifie on the Guardian site:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/11/bbc-newsnight-entwistle-poor-managment

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  33. 54
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    @SallyBercow
    Patten is trending.

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    • 83
      NFC says:

      Unless shortarse is another one that hasn’t got a clue as to what is happening in the real world, Sally pride of our alley will be trussed up in the wine cellar with no internet access and duck tape wrapped around her mouth.

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  34. 57
    Timon says:

    “What need one?” King Lear.

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  35. 63
    None of the above says:

    So reading that letter the BBC appear not to have a contract clause that any other employee would have called ‘gross misconduct’ a couple of typical gross misconduct examples are …

    1. Head butting your manager because he doesnt say good morning in the correct way.

    2. Not having a clue at all about editorial decisions on major known to be dynamite revelations, while not appearing to even give 2 shite. After presiding as director of vision over a similar debacle.

    Gross misconduct is instant dismissal with no notice period.

    Why cant they do that? If he wishes to contest that see him in court.

    And its not the trusts money, its the publics who are shook down for it every year !

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  36. 65
    Some Twat up North says:

    Enough of this jollity chaps.

    Lets get down to some serious business, we all need to pull together, get our hands in our pockets and start payin Abu Qatadas benefits again.

    Merry Xmas

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  37. 68
    HenryV says:

    Shame Dave is such a weak kneed wet blanket. This is golden opportunity to dismantle Labour’s propaganda wing yet he will do nothing. Come 2015 and the BBC will be spending tax paying money on one long Labour Party Political Broadcast ready for the General Election.

    Somebody needs to open a second front and go after that report on bias against Israel. Let’s get back to Saville and BBC covering abuse too.

    All there for the taking and Dave will do nothing.

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  38. 70
    horatio bottomley says:

    a boy has got to have a start in life!

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  39. 76
    Engineer says:

    Entwhistle seems to be one of those people who would come out smelling of roses if they fell in a sewer.

    He spent half a lifetime rising without trace through the byzantine BBC heirarchy, his only contribution of note being the badly botched coverage of the Queens’s jubilee celebrations. Then he make a complete and utter mess of the top job, being totally uninformed about the hottest topic of national news for over a week, falls on his sword and skips off into the sunset with a huge cheque.

    The guy must be a political genius.

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  40. 81
    Peter Mandelson says:

    What else would you expect from a European Commissioner?

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  41. 86
    Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    I hope the BBC has an insurance policy in place to cover their libel fines. If not why not?

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  42. 90
    Michael Fucking Parkinson says:

    A free Parker Pen anyone?

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  43. 91
    Funny joke says:

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  44. 93
    Dave says:

    We are all in this together chaps.

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  45. 95
    Ffion says:

    Has everyone forgotten about my Willy?

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  46. 107
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    Fat Pat, chairman of the BBC Trust, said that the night of George Entwistle’s resignation was “the saddest” in his long life in public affairs.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londoners-diary/sad-stories-from-the-lord-patten-saga-8306624.html

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  47. 108
    cheche says:

    I dont hear the BBC wittering on about this as they did with Hestor

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  48. 113
    robbie says:

    There really is NO story here. By no means the worst settlement I’ve seen, but hardly the best either – just ask Bob Diamond.

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  49. 118
    S.S. says:

    At 55 years old I just bought my first TV. After this there is no chance I will buy a licence.
    Entwistle can pay for it, I as an arthritic cripple exist on benefits not allowed to work, the government will not let me.

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  50. 119
    Sir WW says:

    Lady Waad and I had a butler once who was a lot like this Patten fellow in his ways, though not to look at. As soon as he joined us, things began to go wrong but somehow it was never his fault. Broken china, cold soup, even a fire in the butler’s pantry but he was always able to blame the housekeeper, the cook or the electrician. We had to pay him off in the end, after which the mishaps mysteriously stopped!

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    • 127
      Anon & fcuk the B B C says:

      Perhaps this is what Fatty Fang Pang is hoping for…….

      also remember that Fatty Fang Pang has a multitude of other jobs……so at best

      he’s only a very part time B B C Chairman…..with no real Leadership skills other

      than he has been sucking on the Tax Payers Money Teat most of his adult

      life……its time someone had the guts to choke off this money supply something

      his chum Dave doe’s not have the guts today, but then again Dave has ensured

      he’s is only a one term PM maybe less …..with luck… but the last thing we need

      is the return of the reign of terror aka ZanuLieLabor

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    • 136
      NFC says:

      A bit harsh Sir Waad the under butler obviously had to go, hadn’t got a clue where he had left the key to the Tantalus or as they euphemistically say these days ‘step down’ and perhaps he was suffering from shell shock due to his horrific experience of 54 days of unremitting bullshit being rained down on him or up him, whatever. I must say your exceedingly generous severance payment of a shilling a week calculated @ anno1066 rates and adjusted for 500 years of inflation will will be a comfort to him in his twilight years.

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  51. 125
    National Socialist says:

    “Judge rules Abu Qatada will not be deported”

    I predict riots…

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  52. 135

    That letter looks very much like the opening paragraph of Chris Pattens own resignation letter. I wonder what deal HE will manage to screw out of the Trust?

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  53. 137

    In the real world of the private sector the incompetent Entwhistle would have been sacked and got bugger all.

    In the cloistered world of the well connected elite they take care of their own, especially if the hard pressed taxpayer is picking uo the bill.

    What planet is Fat Pang living on if he considers this an “honourable offer to resign”?

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  54. 141
    The savant5 says:

    ” consensual resignation ” Fat ??

    Is that a variant on consensual sex or is it. such a long time since you partook. That the. Memory. Fades ??

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  55. 143
    The savant5 says:

    Does the fact. Helen Boaden and some other senior bloke from the executive suite have been. “Suspended “. Mean they are on five years. Gardening leave on full. Emoluments ??

    Tell you. What. Let s change the name to. Hard labour leave an d stick them in the.
    Belmarsh on bread and water .

    Afte all now qatada s been given the free reign of uk. Pulpits again there willl. Be room if they share the bunk on an eight hour shift basis …

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  56. 155
    dunstall says:

    THE STATE OF BRITAIN……….We cannot deport terrorists whose aim is to destoy this country while living off the benefits of the British Taxpayer………We cannot prosecute corrupt Parliamenterians who submit fraudulent invoices…………We are powerless to determine our immigration policy which will enable another mass influx in a years time………..We pay the Head of our National Broadcaster a Kings ransom in lieu of two months work which has brought it to its knees………So thats alright then

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  57. 157
    keredybretsa says:

    Once again ‘Nothing succeeds like unsuccessfulness':

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  58. 159
    paxo's lament says:

    £85k a day? The lawyers will be jealous.

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