November 13th, 2012

BBC Editor: “Tories are Lower Than Vermin”

Guido was not well-versed in the career of Martin Plaut before today, but he can already tell the BBC World Service Africa editor has a penchant for perfect timing. In a Q&A Plaut was asked “who do you hate and why?” His response was, well, rather straight to the point:


As Aneurin Bevan said: ‘No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.’”



  1. 1
    Selohesra says:

    Will probably claim these are his own personal opinions and not (necessarily) representative of BBC itself

  2. 2
    Nan Taylor says:

    Well, he * does * have a point. The present-day Tories are rather wet.

  3. 3

    At least one BBC exec is being honest

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Ex-editor, you mean.

  5. 5
    WastedJoker says:

    Ex-editor, you mean.

  6. 6
    OnBenefits says:

    There is no doubt that Scameron, Cloggy and Louise are lower than vermin

  7. 7 says:

    What is so surprising about a BBC editor hating the Tories? I thought it was mandatory to express this position in the job application.

  8. 8
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    The Law of Increasing Executives.

    The tendency for a continuing application of effort or skill toward a particular project or goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved.

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    None of the above says:

    Wasn’t he married to Amanda Holden?

  10. 10
    God's Holy Trousers says:

    FDS Fatcher Derangement Syndrome.

  11. 11
    Sue says:

    The BBC are parasites, time to be rid of the Brown Rats on the sinking ship.

  12. 12
    Feeling down says:

    As far as I am concerned Martin Plaut is a complete twat , what he thinks and no doubt edits is totally meaningless.

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    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    Why are lefties full of so much hate? They come across as being very ‘chippy’ and full of social hang ups. Perhaps they suffer from feelings of social inferiority, I have no idea.

    Whatever their problems, they should seek help, rather than inflicting them on to an unsuspecting public. They are like angry teenagers who never grow up.

    And to quote Sarah Bernhardt – “One should hate little but despise much”.

  14. 14
    Gilmore's Brown GiMP says:

    You went away and left long time
    Now your knocking on my door
    I hear you knocking
    But you can’t come in
    I hear you knocking
    Go back where you been
    I begged you not to go but you said
    Now your telling me all your lies
    I hear you knocking
    But you can’t come in
    I hear you knocking
    Go back where you been
    You better get back to your used to
    ‘Cause your kind of love ain’t good
    for me
    I hear you knocking
    But you can’t come in
    I hear you knocking
    Go back where you been
    I told you way back in ’52
    That I would never go with you
    I hear you knocking
    But you can’t come in
    I hear you knocking
    Go back where you been

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    Anonymous says:

    The heading of the piece is Name,then BBC journalist and author . So he is rather stupid to be so forthright, surely working in the public sector one should have the nous to realise that you cant just say what you like ?

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    Jimmy says:


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    Lefties for we are legion says:

    When we want your opinion we will give it to you. Until then shut your whining little gob.

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    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    What’s the worst thing anyone’s said to you? ‘You are the most arrogant man in the BBC!

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    Curly wurly says:

    That’s probably the next DG.

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    Anonymous says:

    He *doesnt * have a point actually, there are more vermin in the labour party, by far. One of them was convicted today of obtaining £53,000 fraudulently in MPs expenses.

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    In the middle of the UK's tsumani of filth says:

    This Africaaner ate my gerbil…

  22. 22
    Snaplegs says:

    So is this chap in the running for DG?

    With an attitude like that he’s got to be short odds.

  23. 23
    Les Dennis says:

    That’s slander.

  24. 24
    InOutplease says:

    Complete Cnut

    The govt should deal with these scum sucking parasites and replace them with some obedient bottom feeding parasites

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    Sir William W says:

    Aneurin Bevan was one of the Labourites who successfully sued The Spectator for saying that they were, on a particular occasion, drunk. They were indeed drunk, as Richard Crossman admitted later, so Bevan lied on oath in order to hurt a conservative magazine and make some unearned income for himself.

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    Dr Evil says:

    Can they be privatised or made a subscription channel?

  27. 27
    NotaSheep says:

    I thought the BBC was unbiased by charter. Presumably there is another BBC Editor who thinks similarly of Labour part?

  28. 28
    Fat Pan says:

    Back in your box eh Jimmy. Don’t need you just yet.

  29. 29
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    The BBC is not biased?

  30. 30
    Peter Hains Ego from a Naranja orchard in Espana says:

    Does he like the Blicks?

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    Roger The cabin Boy says:

    No socialist bias there then!

  32. 32
    Brown out and PAY ME damages says:

    The BBC are bunch of parasites. They are the Brown stuff that sticks to the bottom of my shoe. They know it!

  33. 33
    Saint Vince says:

    Will some funny London bank make a “low ball” bid for the BBC now?

    They might just get it at a knock down price

    And rid of these sponging growths on our body politic?

  34. 34
    Desperate Dab says:

    BBC journalists think the BBC is their personal property. They only broadcast what pleases them and to hell with viewers and license fee payers. They’ve robbed the programme-making pot to pay themselves sky high salaries and pensions and destroyed the good name of the BBC.

    It is they who are scum.

  35. 35
    Feeling down says:

    You shut yours you fucking wanker

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    You are having a larf ? the 2 EDs, Hattie ,yvette, Prescott, Tony, the invisible Gordon ,i could go on, all real role models i dont think!!

  37. 37
    Mike Hunt says:

    Yet another person over promoted due to his slavish support for the party of hate who destroyed our country over 13 years 97-10 but refuse to admit any part of it.

  38. 38
    Roger The cabin Boy says:

    It would be more fitting to tow the whole biased pile of shit out to sea and sink the sod.

  39. 39
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Top to bottom – corrupt to the core.

    They could not live up to the BBC Charter if their subscription to The Guardian depended on it.

    Surely it has to be dismantled? There is no structural reform outside of a thermo nuclear device that could dislodge the ingrained bias & corruption in their DNA?

    Stop paying the tax – why should we pay the bloated wages of political activists masquerading as Editors?

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    david mellor (tory) says:

    “this man is a weirdo” (talking about steve messham).

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    suissebob says:

    Fack me, if he’s not out of his job by the end of the day I’ll be surprised.

  42. 42
    Desperate Dab says:

    Thanks to Mark Thompson’s property speculation at the BBC’s expense they are in hock to the tune of £1billion. It is not known who currently holds the freehold.

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    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    He was going for a promotion then!

    Nice to think that the ginger cvnt will soon be out of work instead.

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    None of the above says:

    Well at least we now know that Pilgrims are alive, well and in charge at the Beeb.

  45. 45
    Simon says:

    Shocker – BBC Editor hates the Tories whilst supping off the taxpayer – no doubt he will be reprimanded not for his bias but for letting it be known.

  46. 46
    Gilmore's Brown GiMP says:

    If Tories are lower than vermin. What does that make the Labour Party because they are well lower down on the evolutionary scale as far as I am concerned?

  47. 47
    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    17 – You portray what I write beautifully.

    Thank you.

  48. 48
    Charles Darwin says:

    “Why are lefties full of so much hate?”

    Don’t know, but the few I know are.

    Socialism is a mental illness methinks. MRI scans clearly show a difference in brain structure. There is no guarantee with Evolution

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    Anonymous says:

    well he has a point doesn’t he.

  50. 50
    Capt. Shadow (Retd.) - former MI5 Wet-Ops Team says:

    And this c*nt is being paid out of my Licence Fee contribution?

    Where’s my f*cking Glock?…

  51. 51
    BBC Pepsi Salesman says:


    The BBC is proud to announce that 21,000 employees will be retired on full pay with pension right of £877,000 each at the end of this year.

    That will leave 1,000 employees who we are proud to announce will be able to increase the volume of programmes broadcast…

  52. 52
    Desperate Dab says:

    Out of his job and promoted to manager.

  53. 53
    Tooth fairy says:

    “In 1978 he worked for a year as an Industrial Relations officer with Mobil Oil before joining the British Labour Party as secretary on Africa and the Middle East. In 1984 he joined the BBC, working primarily on Africa.”

  54. 54
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    About time for another arrest.

  55. 55
    Gilmore's Brown GiMP says:

    Awe! You have too feel sorry for Ginga Mongs. They are so bitter.

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    Hello Denis says:

    Born in South Africa in May 1950, Martin Plaut received his first degree in
    Social Science from the University of Cape Town, and an Honours degree in
    Industrial Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, before going
    on to do an MA at the University of Warwick.

    In 1978 he worked for a year as an Industrial Relations adviser to Mobil Oil
    before joining the British Labour Party as adviser on Africa and the Middle
    East. In 1984 he joined the BBC, working primarily on Africa. He is
    currently Africa Editor, BBC World Service News. He has reported from most
    of East Africa, as well as some parts of West Africa, and specialises in the
    Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. He is currently Africa editor, BBC World
    Service News.

    For two years he was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of
    International Affairs, leading their Africa research programme and continues
    to be an active member.

    Power! Black workers, their unions and the struggle for freedom in South
    Africa. Spokesman Press, 1984 (with Denis MacShane and David Ward)

    South Africa: Out of the Laager? Fabian Society, 1991

    War in the Horn Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1999 (with Patrick

    Unfinished Business: Ethiopia and Eritrea at war Red Sea Press, 2005,
    (editor, with Dominique Jacquin-Berdal)

    Ethiopia and Eritrea: Allergic to persuasion. Royal Institute of
    International Affairs, 2007 (with Sally Healy)

    David Killingray, with Martin Plaut: Fighting for Britain. African Soldiers
    in the Second World War. Boydell and Brewer. February 2010

  57. 57
    Jimmy says:

    Not to worry. John Major got payback from the New Statesman.

  58. 58
    Mag's Moran says:

    That wasn’t fraud, I was ill. I’m as much the victim here as all the taxpayers I stole from, probably more so…..Sob………wail…….

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    Dorian Smith says:

    By all means have a left leaning BBC, but let the left pay for it by subscription.

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    Mrs Kindleysides, Penrith says:

    CD – I know a psychiatrist who says that socialism is a psychological disorder.

    He’s got a point.

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    suissebob says:

    Bournmouth DP? Is that something to do with dogging?

  62. 62
    ffs says:

    Rather than ‘step aside’ this c’unt should just fuck right off.

  63. 63
    Jimmy says:

    Honest maybe, put he was still last to the story.

  64. 64
    Sir Arfur Windrush-Weatherbestill says:

    Is “Tories” pronounced “Politicians”?

    That would make sense.

    But, as the BBC rarely *DO* sense, I’m guessing not.

  65. 65
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Stretches the word impartial to its very limits.

    What a stupid Hunt.

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    neothesis says:

    In the BBC the could be best described as a moderate, his hatred and prejudice is certainly nothing out of the ordinary and remarkable only in that he let the thoughts of the many slip out, he gave voice to the reality of the BBC.

    Such driven and pathological hatred is bound to come out from time to time, these people really do have a shed load of hate stored up in their hearts for their ideological enemies, there is no cure and there will be no end to the systemic bias until the BBC is sold off.

    The only cure is the market, the audience given the choice of subscribing to such political hatred would mirror the decline of the BBCs print arm the guardian. The spiteful hate filled venom concentrated within the BBC would be lanced and a large part of the problem would vanish.

  67. 67
    Red Ed says:

    I thought I heard what he said but couldn’t understand his appalling “not from Primrose Hill” accent.

  68. 68
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Plenty of fodder for Newsnight. This and ” THE LIST”

  69. 69
    Vanessa says:

    This is actually what Sarah Bernhardt said:

    “One should hate very little, because it’s extremely fatiguing. One should despise much, forgive often, and never forget. Pardon does not bring with it forgetfulness; at least not for me”.

  70. 70
    Call of Booty says:

    What a nasty man, full of hatred. He should attend an anger management course, I’m sure the BBC run these all the time for their highly-strung management.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Agree with you 100% Mrs K.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you Vicar.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    I wonder what the lefty noise and hate level would go up to, with a real Tory leading the Tory party. The bedwetting and parasite class, would become apoplectic with rage in their Labour ‘heartlands’ / shitholes.

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    He just wants a pay-out. BBC is on the back foot, so is primed to pay-out anyone that tries it on.

  75. 75
    Joss Askin says:

    When is the, yet another, c’unt Huhne going down?

  76. 76
    Bluto says:

    And yet they are the party hung up on criminalising expressions of hatred – but only hatred of who/what they designate.

    Same for diversity. They espouse diversity but not to include the Tories, any right wing party or opinion, or anyone who disagrees with them in any way. Then it becomes “unacceptable” or “unreconstructed”.

    They are just fascists and it is time they were called on it.

  77. 77
    Come back Stalin, all is forgiven says:

    Is he for real , nasty evil bigoted bastard………….but nothing new is it?

  78. 78
    john in cheshire says:

    Why hasn’t he been arrested for hate crime?

  79. 79
    Bluto says:

    Piggy eyes – check
    mean mouth – check
    smug look of entitlement – check

    Yes, a socialist alright. A nasty little spud.

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    Anonymous says:

    No, and im getting sick of people with inferiority cmplexes getting free therapy on these boards by boring normal people *hitless.

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    Come back Stalin, all is forgiven says:

    Happy to take our money though

  82. 82
    ABC says:

    On Radio 4 some BBC jobsworth took exception at being taken to task over them having an institutionalised left wing balance, his reply: That’s a vicious smear. In the light of recent events an unfortunate turn of phrase.

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Copycat – see 4 above

  84. 84
    Einstein says:

    Well said Bluto.

    Their duplicity and hypocrisy is astounding.

  85. 85
    do me a favour says:

    This is getting silly.
    I’m not paying the licence fee any more.

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    ABC says:

    left wing bias.

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    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Just imagine what he thinks of labour if tories are vermin.

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    Baron Hogwash says:

    He does seem to get around the world – who the hell is paying for your holidays, Martin “hater of vermin” ?

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Dennis Mc Shane ! i rest my case M lud.

  90. 90
    1984 says:

    So much for ‘One Nation’.

  91. 91
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Short odds? No bookie who wants to remain in business would quote you a price at all.

  92. 92
    Night Owl says:

    He is spot on.
    The Tories are Lower Than Vermin.
    Voting a Tax rise on petrol kicking he country in the nuts while its all ready down.
    Why not put up VAT to 90% the economy is already fatally wounded they may as well finish the job off and put it down like a sic fix it.

    People aren’t spending because they have no money so lets up the tax to get the economy moving.

    This government is so out of touch with reality that they are taking us down the same path Germany went just before the last war.

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    Ofcom says:

    Has Plaut been sacked yet?

    If not, why not?

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    Desperate Dan says:

    No wonder the World Service isn’t what it,once was.

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    Nand outs give me hand outs I hate this country that gives me hand outs says:

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  97. 97
    GeoffM says:

    Have you got anough ammo in for wiping out all of the Biarsed Bolshevck Huntery?

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    Not or never was a representative from planet fuck says:

    Thought MRI scans of socialists showed little or nothing there.

  99. 99
    Ofcom says:

    The tax rise on petrol was Darling’s plan prior to being booted out of office.
    It hasn’t happened yet and word is it won’t.
    Yesterday’s motion was voted down, simply because it was yet another stupid stunt by Labour.

  100. 100
    Anonymous says:

    no he works for the B B C

  101. 101
    Sue Brown says:

    *Sighs* They are the Brown r-ats sinking in their own parasitical of sinking ship now. They cannot be saved now. They cannot even give themselves big pay offs. Teeheeteehaha.

  102. 102
    BBC / PepsiCo Poll says:

    10 out of 10 citizens who expressed an opinion* said that the BBC was perfect

    * Actual opinion may vary and may mean one of the following criteria

    1. We thought that is what they meant
    2. They did not say anything of the sort but you could just tell they meant it
    3. They could not understand the question as they could not speak English so we ticked the box for them
    4. They pay their license fee every year

  103. 103
    GeoffM says:

    Did I do that or is there a super sweary software editor involved.

    I did of Course mean Biarsed Bolshevick Huntery

  104. 104
    Justice Fingers from SIAC says:

    OK Anjem, I hear you. How much do you want?

  105. 105
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    The bastards are certainly rich enough.

  106. 106
    GeoffM says:

    Damn I meant British Broadcasting Corporation.

  107. 107
    Desperate Dan says:

    It’s a pity that Newsnight were too stupid to spot thar. Might have saved them a bit of bother.

  108. 108
    Glosford says:

    The BBC like the Police think they are Fire Proof

  109. 109
    The BBC says:

    The BBC has held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus [on anthropogenic climate change].

  110. 110
    Liam Byrne says:

    ‘People aren’t spending because they have no money’>

    Dick listen carefully as you have just answered your own conundrum


  111. 111
    ABC says:

    Give me Baksheesh!, where does it say that in the K**an?.

  112. 112
    Abu I'm the Man Qatada says:

    I is Back innit.

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    OnBenefits says:

    Play nicely children

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    Sue Brown says:

    You can’t help sniggering at them. They are just fooling themselves now.

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    chas townley says:

    Good to be reminded of the best Anti Tory quotes.

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    Sarah M says:

    So I, little old me on £24k a year – single, hard working taxpayer, a working class Tory have to be insulted by those I am forced to pay a TV tax to, by law, under threat of prison if I refuse?

    Why does he hate me? I never met the guy – surely supporting a democratic political spectrum is a good thing in a diverse country?

    I cannot see how this guy can possibly be an impartial editor, given his public statement.

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    Sue Brown says:

    You can’t help sn¡gggering at
    them. They are just fooling
    themselves now.

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    Jimmy says:

    He does not hate you. He said you are vermin.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    That’s easy.

    Lefty types are inclusive, tolerant and respect diversity.

    Unless of course you disagree with their commie-lite worldview. Then they show just how tolerant, inclusive and respectful of diversity the little nazis actually are and what their phoney respect and fairness bull, really is all about.

    Shutting others up.

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    go ffs go says:

    Adrian Van Klaveren, the boss of that cesspit of anti Tory bile BBC Radio 5, now stand in editor for Newsnight, almost certainly signed off the notorious ‘Tory pedo’ story for airing. T0 put it bluntly, why hasn’t the fucker resigned, or even ‘stood aside’, whatever that fucking means?

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    Jimmy says:

    I would add class traitor too, which you are.

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    Ho HO says:

    date: Wed Dec 8 08:25:30 2004
    from: Phil Jones
    subject: RE: something on new online.
    to: “Alex Kirby”

    At 17:27 07/12/2004, you wrote:

    Yes, glad you stopped this — I was sent it too, and decided to
    spike it without more ado as pure stream-of-consciousness rubbish. I can well understand your unhappiness at our running the other piece. But we are constantly being savaged by the loonies for not giving them any coverage at all, especially as you say with the COP in the offing, and being the objective impartial (ho ho) BBC that we are, there is an expectation in some quarters that we will every now and then let them
    say something. I hope though that the weight of our coverage makes it clear that we think they are talking through their hats.
    —–Original Message—–

  123. 123
    ABC says:

    The science (religion) is now set in concrete, BBC world service now precedes every pronouncement with; man made global warming has resulted in…etc,, dissent will not be tolerated, to infinity and beyond.

  124. 124
    Sir Dando Tweakeshafte says:

    Highly-strung is just what the BBC management should be, lamp-post availability permitting.

  125. 125
    Omnishambles says:

    How is it that the BBC employs such effing morons?

    Do you have to be stupid to read the Grauniad’s job adverts?

    BBC editors are supposed to believe the Tories are vermin, but they are not supposed to say it!!!!!

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    Anonymous says:

    Why not say hello to Martin, he has a lovely new book to sell.

  127. 127
    reds on top of the bed says:

    They’re not fooling anyone else now that’s for sure.

  128. 128
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Apparently she could not be found guilty because the balance of her mind was disturbed. That lets off every socialist in the country then.

  129. 129
    Anonymous says:

    Why not say hello to Martin, he has a lovely new book to sell.

  130. 130
    Scoliosis says:

    The BBC has no moral spine. Spineless parasites!

  131. 131
    Archer Karcher says:

    Ah ha ah ha aha ha aha aha ……………

  132. 132
    Sarah M says:

    Class traitor?

    Labour betrayed the working class in this country – time and again.

    You kept us poor and lacking aspiration, education and ambition to prop up your voter base and your failed ideology Jimmy.

    But what would YOU know of the working class – you are obviously middle class.

    When the working class voted for Lady Thatcher in large numbers you punished us by swamping the country with a new foreign voter base at the earliest opportunity.

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    Just a thought says:

    Don’t know if anyone knows this but is BBC Africa paid for by British subjects in the UK, or is it paid for out of advertising revenue ?

    If its paid for by the license fee why should people in the UK have to pay when people in Africa do not?

  134. 134
    Iosif Vissonarivch says:

    Get your autographed copy of Mart’s new book.

  135. 135
    Offknob says:

    Has Adrian Van Klaveren been sacked yet? If not why not?

  136. 136
    The Bish says:

    We now know that the BBC decided to abandon balance in its coverage of climate on the advice of a small coterie of green activists, including the campaign director of Greenpeace. This shows that the “shoddy journalism” of Newsnight’s recent smear was no “lapse” of standards at all. BBC news programs have for years been poorly checked recitations of the work of activists.

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    Harriet Harman says:

    Our kinda guy!

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    A fine pair of lungs. I can prove it! says:

    The bitter ones should be allowed to leave the BBC first. It is time purge ourselves of these lying, useless idiots once and for all. Parasites.

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    Fishy says:

    No chance.

    He will be taken outside and be promoted in front of his family

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    Night Owl says:

    Yer so lets up the tax (what morons)
    I thought they were in power, so why not just dump Darlings plan.
    O! cos their too busy worry ing about I’m a celeb get me out…
    to sit down ant think there way out.

    I was a tory for 20year but it’s may be time to jump ship.
    Trouble is all the ships are full of vermin and the woodworm has just started there lunch.

    Iceberg anyone.

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    Living in 98 percent white Merseyside (with a view towards 99% white N. Wales) says:

    Our new hero.

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    1984 says:

    If you think that’s bad you should hear what Andrew Marr thinks of the Tories.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    To lefty types they do not see it in those terms.

    To them it was all a glorious ‘progressive’ experiment, that permanently ‘enriched’ the country while rubbing other peoples faces in it.

    For self loathing psychopaths, thats a measure of success.

  144. 144
    Maggies Pearl Necklace says:

    as opposed to a traitor to your nation which you labour wankers are

  145. 145
    genghiz the kahn says:


    Andrew Griffiths MP ‏@agriffithsmp
    @martinplaut do you think these public views are compatible with you being an Editor for the publicly funded BBC?
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  146. 146
    Ed Miliband says:

    Is this the point when I say ‘One nation’? or is it ‘Enquiry’?

  147. 147
    Angela Knight - Media W**** says:

    Currently Chief Executive, Energy UK
    Former Chief Executive of the British Bankers’ Association
    Former Conservative Party Member of Parliament
    Served as the Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1995–97.


    Anyone see a pattern developing here?

    p.s. I am available for hire to gloss over any of your corporate ‘issues’.

    I never come cheap though!

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    ed martin says:

    i won’t and don’t vote tory – but we make a functioning and peaceful democaracy
    much less feasible with PLAUTSPOUT

    some people whose political views i oppose are almost as useless weak and dithery as i am

    many – thank goodness (or nearest equivalent) – are not

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    None of the above says:

    Not to mention what Cameron thinks of them

  150. 150
    Fitbad the Tailor says:

    “You won’t find a more dedicated, hard working, committed people. They don’t do it for money but for the love and belief in public service broadcasting. I speak with pride and gratitude for the work the BBC does. The BBC is the greatest broadcasting organisation in the world” D. Dimbleby, November 2012.

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    this septic pile, this pail of beers says:

    time for the pub perhaps – without mr spout

  152. 152
    Nothing better to do says:

    Probably DG

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    Martin Plaut says:

    Ah, but I am no longer Africa Editor, for the BBC.
    I took voluntary redundancy at the end of October.
    I am a free man to express my opinions as I wish.

    Martin Plaut

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    Ed Balls Fisted My Hamster says:

    +1000! Had forgotten about this.

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    Nothing better to do says:

    And anyone that believes in the “democratic” system that operates in this country.

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    Rob Wilson MP says:

    I feel a letter coming on, and it shall be in the public domain.

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    John Major says:


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    Bye Bye Brown. U R thick as batshit. says:

    Total Mong! What gives him the right to lecture me on anything? He is an idiot.

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    this septic pile, this pail of beers says:

    and the pay-off?

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    Stomach Ulcer says:

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    Tom Tomos says:

    No, lower than vermin!

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    David B says:

    What concerns me is that everyone suspected the BBC was rife with this sentiment, the problem is they are now willing to express it openly. So they don’t fear any consequences. Does this mean they have taken an editorial decision not favour one political party.

    Crises, what crises!

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Isn’t the fuel escalator abomination, rather like green expensive “let’s put everyone out of work” energy policy, EU directives that can only be stalled, not deleted to the dustbin where they belong?

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    Linda K says:

    A man of wisdom, god bless him.

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    Sally BeaCow says:

    Martin Plaut is trending *f’ugly face*

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    1984 says:

    All the same, nice to have confirmed what was dr*iv*ing your output while employed by the ‘neutral’ BBC.

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    rocknrolla says:

    They’re not even bothering to hide it these days, they believe that with a generation of children raised in new labour indoctrination comprehensives and with millions of immigrants here that a good majority will instinctively agree so there is no need to pretend to be impartial. We really need to simply sell off the BBC and move on.

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    Ed Balls Fisted My Hamster says:

    Enjoy spending our money, Martin.
    As the article is headed “Ich Bin Kentishtowner: Martin Plaut, BBC Journalist & Author” then the article is obviously misleading in that the quote has been attributed to you in your role as listed. You will of course be suing the KentishTowner for misrepresentation?

    Hmmm. seems to suggest you are being disingenuous. Maybe not working as Africa Editor but the World Service seem to be claiming you:

    “2 November 2012 Last updated at 00:36
    Africa’s bright future
    By Martin Plaut BBC World Service “

  169. 169
    Shocked says:

    Who would dare to betray Primrose Hill set?

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    justified says:

    After years of slagging off the BBC on these pages, Xmas come early for me.

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    They aren’t stupid, they knew da’mn well what they were doing – even more so the BIJ.

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    MickW says:

    Unfortunately, not even the SAS have the right to carry a Glock , even by mistake; but get real, he wasn’t carrying it, his was found 4 years later in an unrelated raid against a room mate!

    The latest Sgt to go to Military Prison was a bit of an error. He can carry a Glock on the streets of London (and other cities) to protect us, but not have one in a sealed cage, forgetting it after deaths of his friends and brain damage he himself endued raising money for charity, without being busted and doing 18mths in the clink.

    Not good.

    This man needs protection from our civilian values.

    Mick W

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    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    The question was “who do you hate and why?” – his answer: “Tories”, so it is quite clear that he hates Tories, in spite of your attempt to spin it otherwise.

    Someone with such extreme views should be no more acceptable as a BBC editor than a member of the BNP would be.

    Sack the idiot.

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    Angel of the bottomless pit says:

    I look forward to personally meeting and him and setting about my work with eager delight.

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    Anonymous says:

    Jimmy is unusual in the fact that poor burger flippers like him are not usually socialists. As we all know, you have to be filthy rich to be a true socialist; I guess Jimmy is too thick to realise that.

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    smo­ggie says:

    Smug ex-public school boy – you can smell ‘em a mile off.

  177. 177
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Politics of envy’ just about sums them all up.

  178. 178
    Archer Karcher says:

    You imagine that who we vote for runs the country. We do not.

    Expensive energy and the green ‘solution’ were the brainchild of one Ollie Rehn, when the glorious simpleton was EU energy Commissioner.

    Of course, everyone went along with his idiocy in the rather childish belief that it would not matter much, as the good times were here to stay forever, because Europe had abolished boom and bust using the Brownian formula, of ever greater borrowing and debt.

    Worked out well again, didn’t it?

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    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    The question was “who do you hate and why?” – his answer: “Tories”, so it is quite clear that he hates Tories, in spite of your attempt to spin it otherwise.

    Someone with such extreme views should be no more acceptable as a BBC editor than a member of the BNP would be.

    Sack the idiot.

    (Reposted with small change to avoid comment moderation!)

  180. 180
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Better update your LinkedIn profile, then, Martin. “Freelance bile-spewer” should do it.

  181. 181
    Jimmy says:

    We certainly don’t share your evident contempt for honest toil.

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    what goes around says:

    They got too fucking cocky following years of getting away with sneaky bias, and now it’s all falling around their ears. Fuck ‘em.

  183. 183
    HappyHour says:

    I hope you lot have spent the few minutes that it takes to complain to the BBc with a link to the page. Only by making an overwhelming wave of complaint demanding a public apology (I was thinking lead on the new’s bulletins for a day) will he get the sack – or yes, he will only end up being promoted.

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    michael says:

    “Tories are Lower Than Vermin” …well yes they are behind in the polls.

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    Anonymous says:

    Typical of you find find contempt where there is none Jimmy. Burger flippers are much more useful than any overpaid BBC editor/producer.

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    This is why it is necessary to no longer have a “British State Broadcaster”.

    The BBC has been recruiting staff from “universities” in which people like Terry eagleton have been “teaching” for so very very long now, decades, that even if it _really wanted_ to stop being a GramscoFabiaNazi (google it) mouthpiece, it cannot any longer help itself.

    It should be shut down and closed. Its archives should be opened for free for all time in the British Library, and a few, vrey few, could be auctioned as being worth the money.

    As for the lefty staff, they can go and break stones on the ChindoHimalayan Railway for all I care.

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    1984 says:

    Well, they thought they knew what they were doing. From an institutionally biased BBC perspective the story was just too good to pass up. The possibility that it didn’t hold water never occurred to them. In their institutionally biased way it ticked every box imaginable.

    Ie endless opportunity to link ‘Tories’, ‘Thatcher’ and ‘P*a*e*d*o*s’ knowing full well the effect this would have on the voters just as the Millie Dowler allegations did for the NoW despite them (as far as I know) being equally baseless. As Boris says ‘The wish was father to the thought’. It was just so good it had to be true. Basic caution went out the window. This was it. Finally. They had the hated Tories over a barrel.

    You can picture the excitement on their hate-filled little faces. First Murdoch. Now the Tories. It was all coming together perfectly.

    Plus, of course, they were under a certain amount of pressure over Saville and were looking to ‘change the narrative’ or, at the very least, tar their tormentors, the Tories, with the same brush.

    As today’s revelation of the ‘scientific consensus’ behind BBC climate output shows this is not an isolated incident. This is full-on ‘1984’ territory. Decide the desired outcome then write the story.

    Plenty more where that came from too.

  188. 188
    BBC Pepsi Salesman Director General says:

    No shit

  189. 189
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Yes and published by Mrs. Fucking Dale, an’ all.

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    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Why can’t the people that work for the BBC be honest, and tell us that they hate tories. But remember that approximately half those that voted at the last election voted tory. This means that approvimately half of the money that pays the BBC salaries comes from tory supporters.
    The BBC has no right to be biased.

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    1984 says:

    Four points behind at mid-term. With the economy still on its arse.

    Obama shows that the electorate does have a longer memory span than you’d give them credit for. They remembered that it was Bush and the GOP who fucked the US economy and it looks like the UK voters remember it was Brown and Labour who fucked the UK economy.

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    Anonymous says:

    I was on the train this morning and a BBC manager was ranting about “standards in the British media” and how “they always look for the negative angle” and how “they need to be restrained and made to adhere to BBC standards”.

    He continued in this vein for a while, complaining that the dropped Saville Newsnight episode was “because of the high standards of evidence we require for a story” and that “while we know there are over 400 allegations now, we had no evidence at the time”.

    He went on to describe George Entwistle as one of the “most intelligent person I know” and Helen Broaden as a “fantastic boss”, followed by “the BBC is the best company in the world!”.

    Toward the end of his 15 minute rant, he got onto Murdoch, noting that “he makes me sick to the core of my soul”.

    I have read a lot about this BBC mentality but it was rather shocking to have it thrust in my face for 15 minutes this morning.

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    Archer Karcher says:

    “Anyone see a pattern developing here?”

    Yeah, she’s a politician ( former ) in a Quango, on the make by ‘guiding’ government policy and spending. They are all at it, you should get out more, or alternatively, come here a lot more.

  195. 195
    Gonk III says:

    The new Britain, kicks a true Brit who served his country. Disgraceful and typical.

  196. 196
    Jimmy says:

    Too late. The mask has already slipped.

  197. 197
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Fran Unsworth, the new temporary head of BBC News, has appealed to staff not to Tweet about “our problems” as she tries to sort out the mess of the Newsnight scandal.

  198. 198
    1984 says:

    Did you not politely invite him to ‘Fuck Off’ and stop disturbing the peace in the carriage?

  199. 199
    Jesus H says:

    “Firstly, there is no evidence that the BBC has attempted to avoid income tax or National Insurance Contributions (NIC).”

    “last year the BBC had contracts with 64,447 individual freelancers”

  200. 200
    Anonymous says:

    “What’s the worst thing anyone’s said to you? ‘You are the most arrogant man in the BBC!’”

    He must have had shit loads of competition.

  201. 201
    Arthur Foxache says:

    Pfftt DG he should be running the Tory party..

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    The Land of the Politically Correct and Mendacious says:

    AND in a nutshell from that expressed sentiment flows all the BBC’s present ills…..they were so blinkered that all they heard was TORY and lost their common sense and journalistic standards

  203. 203
    Wally Wombat says:

    By now, the entire world has come to know that the BBC is populated by a bunch of dickheads. I wonder where the really intelligent people find work nowadays.

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    Night Owl says:

    Well let’s get out of the EU that will save us a bob or two.
    It mostly goes to the bloody french who hate our guts and have never paid there way in europe anyway. The worst days work we ever did was to liberate them from Germany in WW2. If they were still part of germany they may have picked up a work ethic from them.

  205. 205
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Poor’ is not a derogatory term, it describes what they and you are in material terms.

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    lola says:

    Meanwhile a complete c**t of an editor at the BB fucking C rants on about hating Tories! I am no Tory, and I despise the left, but I am not an editor at the BBC (well known for its ‘balance’). Sack the bastard.

  207. 207
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    So true.

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    lola says:

    oooooo you sound like my kind of woman. And a cheap date!!

  209. 209
    Anonymous says:

    He’s got unresolved personality issues because he’s a ginger.

  210. 210
    Anonymous says:

    in tax havens

  211. 211
    Diddley says:

    Don’t be a massive prick. Class background has nothing to do with how people vote. Blair and New Labour betrayed their so called ‘class’ and I would also argue, their country, by taking a massive shit on the identity of the UK as a whole. A stain that will never be removed.

    People vote for the party that closest reflects their own ideas regardless of background. Obviously Labour is right for you in that case.

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    Spion Kop says:

    He has got unresolved personality issues because he is a ginger.

  213. 213
    watson says:

    it not the opinion that is offensive. it might be true for the tories con dems and others. what is offensive is that it is infantile, ill judged and adds nothing to the debate.( ps I hate everybody including my own)

  214. 214 says:

    I’m in a dilemma. If a terrorist cell blew up the BBC HQ would I be appalled or delighted?

  215. 215
    Operation Crossbow says:

    His views are typical of 99.9999999999999999% of the BBC.

    Quite why the Tories put up with it is beyond me, I think it was Trevor Kavanaugh from the Sun who was giving the BBC a kicking on the Toady show this morning? Something about if it had been a Labour peer they’d never have run the story

  216. 216
    Operation Crossbow says:

    You’d be £145 a year better off for sure.

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    nellnewman says:

    Well I have to say he fits exactly the picture I have in my mind of the sort of biased narrowminded leftwing idiot that I believe is running the biased beeb.

    This just confirms that I am right.

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    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    Bob Geldof: My rage at this World Service calumny
    Rageh Omaar’s defence of the discredited BBC report on Band Aid beggars belief. He ignores the total collapse of standards at the World Service

    “No, Rageh, rest assured, I am definitely not above criticism – but again, please, for the sake of veracity, and again, I extend this to the wretched Martin Plaut, your fellow journalist, stop venturing palpably untrue statements dressed up as fact.”

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    smo­ggie says:

    Are gingers higher or lower than vermin and can you hunt them with dogs still?

  221. 221
    Spion Kop says:

    Why would anybody want to blow their mates up?.

  222. 222
    smo­ggie says:

    Rupert is just loving all this.

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    theyll drown in their own conceit says:

    shame you didnt record it for youtube

  224. 224
    1984 says:

    Born in South Africa…

    Just another Labour laager lout.

  225. 225
    Spion Kop says:

    Is a ginger rat higher or lower than vermin? (ponders).

  226. 226
    Dougie says:

    Actually, as he works for the World Service, he is not paid out of your licence fee. World Service is funded by the FCO so he is paid out of your taxes.

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    Massive mammary says:

    Yes, that is why it is so delicious.
    On other blogs, every time I accuse the BBC of bias, all the lefties jump down my throat.
    Now I can stuff this moron’s admission down theirs

    Oh so delicious!

  228. 228
    smo­ggie says:

    Let’s just let the terriers decide eh?

  229. 229
    Anonymous says:

    Hello? Hello? Jimmy? You there? It’s been some time now since these good people responded to your point. They have said things that; well, you really should respond Jimmy. You were my hero Jimmy! You were my working class hero! And yet you let these people say these things about you without answer? I am disappointed. I have been recommending you to the brothers and sisters in the Tooting Popular Front, but now, now I don’t think I’ll bother. Viva the rev…. Ah forget it.

  230. 230
    Fred Best says:

    The BBC is a left wing pedophiles supporters club, corrupt and rotten to the core.

  231. 231
    pippakin says:

    Good grief!

  232. 232
    Anonymous says:

    Yes I did. When he said that “Murdoch makes me sick to the core of my soul” I said that he was supposed to be impartial and his £3.4 bn budget was given on condition of impartiality. I said that expressing such a loathing for his competitor clearly showed that he wasn’t impartial and thus the license fee should be abolished. I followed up by telling him that whilst he was quite happy to dismiss the Saville allegations as “lacking in evidence at the time”, the BBC were quite happy to destroy a man’s reputation based upon no evidence, but rather roumer and innuendo. I stated that it was clear the BBC had an agenda for the Newsnight of “senior politician from the Thatcher era” and impartiality was not it. I told him that they had destroyed a man’s reputation with no evidence and that his so called “standards” clearly didn’t apply to the BBC. I finished by stating that while Murdoch may make him “sick to the core of his soul”, I thought he and his kind were utter scum.

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    The BBC summed up perfectly by The Stranglers says:

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    Floating like a Brown t*rd on the pool says:

    Can Brown rats swim? All aboard the HMS Labour Parasite are sinking. Serves them right.

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    genghiz the kahn says:


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    jeremyp99 says:

    Hate speech, surely. Someone do the bastard, and turn his own Left idiocies back at him. Do him for hate speech.

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    Mary Raine says:

    Martin Plaut has left the BBC. I am one of those whose views he detests but I have to that in all the years I worked with him at BBC World Service he was a model of objectivity. I was aware of his private political views but not once did he allow them to show in his work. He is a very decent man and a serious loss to the World Service.

  239. 239
    Mary Raine says:

    Martin Plaut has left the BBC. I am one of those whose views he detests but I have to say that in all the years I worked with him at BBC World Service he was a model of objectivity and fairness. I was aware of his private political views but not once did he allow them to show in his work. He is a very decent man and a serious loss to the World Service.

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    Stan says:

    I can think of a shorter epithet.

  241. 241
    Anon says:

    Actually, Guido Fawkes is out of date. Martin Plaut has retired from the BBC. Get your facts straight!

  242. 242
    Anonymous says:

    bbc and the vatican.
    kinda a similar.
    both in a foreign country.
    both do their own thingywingy.

  243. 243
    Darth Murdoch says:

    I’ve got that bevin quote on a tshirt. Always proud to wear it. Anyway, seems like a nice chap, good judge of character at least.

  244. 244
    Anonymous says:

    BBC, ex BBC they’re all the fucking same.

  245. 245
    Stan says:

    Hello Martin!

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    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    What a bunch of numbskulls. Time for BBC (Brown Rats)vermin to go. I will not be lectured by a ginga mong. Who I don’t even like.

  247. 247
    Anonymous says:

    FCO no longer pays for the world service, did you not hear the bleating from Shepherds Bush?

  248. 248

    Your comment noted and in the absence of direct experience, I have to accept what you say.

    What I cannot accept is the undoubted fact that there is an undue preponderance of BBC employees with similar views to his and that the further up the ridiculously top heavy BBC management structure, the more marked this preponderance becomes.

  249. 249
    darren says:

    Whats your problem? he is right, so was bevan!

  250. 250
    Jimmy says:

    Google “Rule of Holes”

  251. 251
    Another Engineer says:

    And now….on the BBC….Polly tells us why the Archers should talk about politics.


  252. 252
    Agile Eric says:

    The BBC receives the licence fee by force of law because it is morally superior to the average person. It is thus perfectly acceptable for BBC employees to call other people vermin and if we are troubled by such comments it is because we ourselves are at fault.

  253. 253
    Plato says:

    Imagine if Martin had said “I hate Socialists” or “I hate Labour” with such venom. Would he be defended for his objectivity? I think not…

  254. 254
    Anonymous says:

    ….except when it’s the honest toll of contributors such as Sarah M. See post 114 onwards.

  255. 255
    Frank Bruno says:

    Fair as my arse.

  256. 256
    Anonymous says:

    He’s forgotten to do up his shirt properly as well

  257. 257
    JH3 says:

    Enjoy our money, you sanctimonious little drone.

    ‘Martin Plaut’.

    Even his NAME sounds fucking lefty.

  258. 258
    Dianne Abbot says:

    My c’unt smells of plantain.

  259. 259
    DaeShawn says:

    Do U hav 2 payz 4 teevee lizenze if U on bennies innit?

  260. 260
    Jethro says:

    96 at 4:05pm I think you possibly meant the Brutish Broadarsing Co-operative.

  261. 261
    HenryV says:

    The British university is a surreal place. Lecturers detached from reality; yes they often trot out the Thatcher myth it covers most things. The students parroting back socialist teachings like they live in North Korea; either ignorant of their own history or ashamedly believing in a warped version. Everything is very PC. Religion is wrong unless it is Islam. Women’s right trump all even the holy of hollies climate change. The Guardian sells out every day and is often held up in tutorials as the apogee of journalism. Nuclear weapons are bad even though they kept money in the economy that kept the middle class living standards rising and kept their young out of uniform. Arguing is better than knowing, because what you know may need to be changed. As well as cutting youth unemployment figures extending tertiary education to all extend indoctrination too.

    The punchline to this all is that GCSE and A-level history syllabi during the Blair era concentrated on the danger of “arm band politics” and the dangers of propaganda (especially by state organs.)

  262. 262
    Spion Kop says:

    Dear BBC
    The moment I wake up
    Before I put on my make-up
    I say a little prayer for you
    While combing my hair, now,
    And wondering what dress to wear, now,
    I say a little prayer for you

    Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
    And I will love you
    Forever, forever, we never will part
    Oh, how I’ll love you
    Together, together, that’s how it must be
    To live without you
    Would only be heartbreak for me.

    I run for the bus, dear,
    While riding I think of us, dear,
    I say a little prayer for you.
    At work I just take time
    And all through my coffee break-time,
    I say a little prayer for you.

    Forever, forever, you’ll stay in my heart
    And I will love you
    Forever, forever we never will part
    Oh, how I’ll love you
    Together, together, that’s how it must be
    To live without you
    Would only be heartbreak for me.

    My darling believe me,
    For me there is no one
    But you.

  263. 263
    Anonymous says:

    Working class and Tory? Are you in an asylum?

  264. 264
    Slartibartfast says:

    Tories are of course very much lower than vermin. That is a simple fact. Your support for the tory party is the very reason why the labourites get into power since they are but different wings of the same one establishment party.

    Doing a bit of work doesn’t absolve you from the responsibility of being so stupid.

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    Mornington Crescent says:


  267. 267
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    “Muslims globally will see the UK regime as oppressors in their foreign & domestic policies.”

    Presumably that will stop the hords of them wanting to come here, and will make you and millions of your bretherin want to leave? No?

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    Massive mammary says:

    I understand Plaut has now agreed to take early retirement from the BBC.


    Well done Guido!

    But how many other vipers are there in the nest?

  269. 269
    Jimmy says:

    Not me I’m afraid, although I’m mildly offended that the gap in quality needs to be pointed out.

  270. 270
    A Dodgy Ghost says:

    The lefty twittersphere have responded that he no longer works at the BBC. Hows about that then?

  271. 271
    Pundit Too says:

    The Kentishtowner that published this cretin’s diatribe in a Q & A now has had a large response and only one of these messages is in his defence is that he is balanced in this writing AND that he has now retired from the BBC.
    He states that the most offensive remark made to him was that “he was the most arrogant man in the BBC”
    He must be a very very “superior” being to win this response in a sea of arrogance and huge egos’ that is the BBC.
    All those that live in the region of his local boozer the Grafton Arms should visit it to check out if this man is truly that arrogant as well as rude and biased.

  272. 272
    JH says:

    Yes, they sell it at the RMT web shop don’t they.

    The fifth column, insidious little cvnts. The idea that a penny of taxpayers money makes it their way sickens me to my core.

    I’m not telling them what to think. They can just do it on their own coin.

  273. 273
    Polly Toohey says:

    Yes they should talk about it but only if it is the correct sort of politics.

    They should also talk about ‘the correct sort of politics’ and ‘green issues’ on dramas, childrens TV, the weather forecast, the breakfast shows, daytime shows, evening shows, and during shutdown.

  274. 274
    The BBC are cunts says:

    We, in the dear old Beeb, are biddable time-servers. Which probably places us at the same level as vermin.

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    Lord Godzilla says:

    Mobil Oil, the Labour Party, the BBC.

    The axis of Evil…

  277. 277
    JH3 says:

    Oh, well that’s alright then.

    I’m sure his overgrown sixth-form socialist-worker-drone world-view did not affect his work there in any way.

  278. 278

    Perhaps he was inspired by the DG’s payoff and so decided to commit career suicide in the hope of similar treatment?

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    Oh do be serious says:

    Just substitute the word “Irish”or “Welsh” or any minority for the word “Tories” in his rant and ask yourself if he would have been employed by the BBC even though he did not allow his ‘private views’ affect his objectivity and fairness. Would the BBC allow an editor who privately supported the B*N*P (which is a legal party as far as I know) edit programmes irrespective of an unblemished reputation for honesty?

    There are some private opinions that do not concern the BBC and then there are others….

    BTW it was socialists who were “Lower than Vermin” in the original 1950 Dornford Yates novel.

  280. 280
    Lord Godzilla says:

    Dig up their coffins and remove their gold filligs as damages.

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    Darth Murdoch says:

    Well I have nothing to do with the RMT, certainly didn’t get it from them.
    License fee payers, not tax, don’t want to pay it, don’t watch TV, you’re not a martyr.

  282. 282
    Spion Kop says:

    Fucking up big time whilst being in the employ of corporates is a very profitable career/life style move these days.

  283. 283
    Anonymous says:

    Google ‘Lefty Twat’

  284. 284
    Jello Biafra says:

    Out of Africa starring Peter Hain

  285. 285
    Anonymous says:

    Except that Dave IS a socialist.

  286. 286
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:


  287. 287
    keredybretsa says:

    Another nice sort out job for Lord P’s overtime.

  288. 288
    Lord Godzilla says:

    Has Tim Davie been sacked yet? If not, why not?

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    “I was aware of his private political views…”

    So, not so private, then.

    Your excuses would be laughable if they weren’t so tragic.

  290. 290
    Alan Rushbridger says:

    Stupid people read the Guardian

  291. 291
    A Spine Doctor writes says:

    Sadly neither has Dave Cameron

  292. 292
    Phillip Davies MP says:

    Me too

  293. 293
    Massive mammary says:

    I am old enough to remember when imperial measurements were kicked out in favour of the metric system.

    It was so funny, because in an episode of the Archers shortly afterwards, one of the rustic characters, a Grundy, said “that cow is 200 metres away” – laugh, it is enough to make you cry, since the character would have used inches, feet, yards and miles until the day he died!

    Typical of the daft as a brush, politically correct BBC!

  294. 294
    Crimewatch UK says:

    The photograph reminds me of a photofit of a prowler that terrorised parts of Chalk Farm in the 1990s

  295. 295
    Joss Taskin says:

    Tomato or HP ?

  296. 296
    Tim W says:

    if Labour’s greatest asset is on BBC. Funded by a compulsory tax on people with TVs, whether or they watch the BBC, institutionally left wing and statist, self regarding and arrogant. It is Oxbridge dominated — so naturally elitist and much of its recruitment was conducted through the Guardian recruitment pages. The same Guardian that is the in-house newspaper of the BBC (what a surprise), the NHS, teachers and social services departments. Strangely, they are all taxpayer funded as well — with a nice pension provision. All taxpayer funded.

    If ITV and Sky TV can survive without forcing everybody else to pay for them, isn’t it time the BBC joined up with the real world? Scrap the licence completely. Sell-off the channels and let them sink or swim on their own merits: Capitol Radio and others do, so why do we need a subsidised Radio One? Same goes for a whole range of channels that few people listen to. Get rid of them. They’re a waste of our money and a monument to the BBC’s empire building.

  297. 297
    Not a BBC Spokesperson says:

    Even those lower than vermin must pay their license fee.
    Thank you for your money, past & present DGs are very grateful.

  298. 298
    genghiz the kahn says:


  299. 299
    Polly Twaddle says:

    She just would not shut up constantly talking over The Archers woman. Typical lefty with no sense of humour and a big gob.

    Just because politics is constantly discussed in her Eton college road mansion she thinks everyone is the same even in rural Ambridge.

  300. 300
    Gordon Brown says:

    A snap shot of the unbalanced minds in the organisation

  301. 301
    Cinna says:

    I’ve been about confused about that…keep hearing people referring to DG.
    I assumed they meant Doctor Goebbels.

  302. 302
    Anon & never voted ZanuLieLabor & never will says:

    Perhaps after this report has been sent to Fatty Fang Pang’s Bloated office
    & he will do fcuk all….as is his norm

    This report should be copied to the 2 people heading the two B B C
    cover ups, ooops sorry I meant investigations….

    What else should one expect from the B B C aka The Decades Long Unchal*lenged Kid*die Fid*dlers Organ*isation, other than a complete
    & utter white*wash cover*ing up every thing up for the next 100 years !!

    Wonder why, no one, has any confidence in this last century dinosaur
    that should be culled without further delay, for everyone’s sake.

  303. 303
    NE Frontiersman says:

    @183: Well, there was also the significant consideration that over many years McAlpine had never sued the various people who had originated these allegations on the web.
    If he was simply waiting for a rich target to tumble into the elephant trap, it doesn’t argue much for how important his good name was to him.
    If any of this comes to court, his record of inertia will be a large consideration.

  304. 304
    The BBC view of rural life. says:

    But why is everyone in Ambridge pro gayer marriage?

  305. 305
    Anon & never voted ZanuLieLabor & never will says:

    + 1 Billion

  306. 306
    Pay the BBC or go to jail. says:

    The BBC likes to do programmes about nasty utility companies and the way they treat their customers who are hard up. Don’t think I have ever seen them investigate how their licence enforcement goons operate. Margaret Moran would not have stood a chance if she had been caught without a licence.

  307. 307
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Rob Wilson ‏@RobWilson_RDG

    #bbc’s Martin Plaut foolishly plays into the widely heard narrative that the corp is biased. Time to build bridges not blow them up.

    To upset 2 MPs at this time, must be quite an achievement.

  308. 308
    Cinna says:

    That’ll be some Arab banker then.

    I noticed they were canvasibg Thompson’s opinons on TV earlier. I noticed he’d found himself a nice little earner.

  309. 309
    Cinna says:

    He’s still negotiating terms with Patten and Coyle.

  310. 310
    CabbieKen says:

    Taxi for Mr Choudry!

  311. 311
    Anonymous says:

    I note the usual suspects were all there including Entwhistle and Boaden. I also note Boaden was lying through her teeth.

  312. 312
    Mornington Crescent says:

  313. 313
    matei says:

    well, he’s right. the tories ARE vermin, as are their fluffers like Guid Fawkes. it must be said, however, that BBC editors are vermin too

  314. 314
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Excuse me – as a member of the public

    I exercise my right to freedom of expression

    All current serving MP’s of all the 3 main political party’s are Vermin – Vermin put and placed before the public to deceive the public at every given opportunity – put there to continue the never-ending despicable & UNLAWFUL ‘thieving’ from the Public Purse by way of taxing the public beyond belief by every dirty ‘usury’ practicising scheme and scam that they (The Establishments Darker men) can dream up and implement. As for the UK’s MSM – they make good their huffing and puffing about being some kind of public voice – dirty duplicitous liars to a man and their proprietor.

  315. 315
    Anon & never voted ZanuLieLabor & never will says:

    that will be because of all the Shirt Lif*ters & Brown Hat*ters in the B B C
    aka The decades old kid*die fid*dlers organ*isation, central scripting cess*pit
    where this is one of its ingrained pillars along with how great is ZanuLieLabor AGW, Green Energy Rip Off, plus trashing those nas*ty tor*ies @ every opportunity…….

  316. 316
    Blowing Whistles says:

    PCC Elections – If you don’t vote – the State take your no vote as an implicit agreement that you agree to whatever the result is.

    I say “Spoil” your vote – It’s part of your Democratic right [As long as they proclaim we are a democracy!!!!!] and you can always come back at the ‘Bar’ Stewards because by spoiling your vote – you implicitly set down that you do not agrre with these PCC elections. They are more communist than Democratic. e.g. Handing a great deal of power to one man in 41 “regions” – one individual who no doubt can be persuaded to ‘do as he is instructed / told by those who they are suborned to. That’s what The EU are all about Regionalisation – Localism = COMMUNISM. Commune centric Regional & Local.

  317. 317
    Darran says:

    I was born and raised in Aneurin Bevan’s old constituency. He is a legend there and rightly applauded for his works and his oratory. However, he was a man of his time and he had a right to fight the good fight – and he did, Labour through and through. However, this gobshite journalist who is in a position where objectivity is the point, has absolutely no right to vent this kind of class war vitriol, he is supposedly a professional in an extremely middle class institution. Where the hell does he get off on being such a king sized scuzzball? I know plenty of people who would consider a BBC journalist in the same breath as a Tory MP, so next time he opens his great fat gob he should think on his ill considered and offensively parochial remarks.

  318. 318
    Red Egg Millitit..... says:

    Stupid is as stupid says…. what a hunt !!

  319. 319
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Quite. He seems to have the precise political credentials that are de rigeur for a BBC Manager (whatever ‘Manager’ means in the context of the BBC.)

  320. 320
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Looks like you’re gonna be very lonely then.

  321. 321
    Anonymous says:

    -1000 Billion and sinking.

  322. 322
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    At least most vermin are mammalian, unlike the pond-slime that is Labour!

  323. 323
    AC1 says:

    Or even Mary “she’d got it coming” Beard.

  324. 324
    George says:

    Yeah he has not worked for them … since the end of October.

  325. 325
    Budgie says:

    Pompous and statist? Are you in an asy….. No, they do go together.

  326. 326
    fitzfitz says:

    BBC Afrique is so leftist that its …

  327. 327
    fitzfitz says:

    Let’s have a description of the ‘tard to enable ID and appropriate action …

  328. 328
    Observer says:

    He’s still with the BBC in terms of bias.

  329. 329
    Nick says:

    It was the original source, a website that ran the original Q&A with this charmer, that stated that he was still with the BBC and later corrected itself or redacted the facts or whatever.

  330. 330
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    [joins with throng to stand and applaud]

    Thank you.

  331. 331
    Sir Barnabas Scudamore says:

    How many other guns has he bought in ?

    Word on street was the gun was for hire.

    This is a definite no,no.

    Very unfortunate – it’s a pity it happen to an SAS hero.

    I would have felt a lot more comfortable, if the guy had been a dole scrounging, afro carribean rap artist.

    Illegal weapon = Jail = SAFE PUBLIC.

    I should be on your side, but I can’t be.

  332. 332
    Sir Barnabas Scudamore says:

    Another Comintern member……….The BBC really does need a good clear out.

    A declaration, written into formal contract of employment, stating that you are not a member of any political party.

    By being a member of any political party, it will null and void any contract of employment and result in immediate termination of contract.

    Not sure how legal this would be though?

    I think its a Brilliant idea !

  333. 333
    Horny handed son of toil says:

    Class traitor ha ha. This concept belongs in the dustbin of history along with the dictatorship of the proletatariat, gulags and big brother.

    Comrade Stalin is smiling down on you Jimmy.

  334. 334
    Matei says:

    Oi vei, mit zis tawk ov ‘dirty usury’ you are reeking of antisemiteezm.

  335. 335
    splooge says:

    “Tories are lower than vermin”

    Blimey! Plaut should join the coalition – He and Call Me Dave would get on like a house on fire.

  336. 336
    Harold Shipman says:

    Fuck off Martin you biased twat

  337. 337
    earlyExit says:

    Quick – issue both apology and compensation. These will help defer the inevitable violence which accompanies these sorts of paranoid, delusional ramblings from the Religion of Peace

  338. 338
    Harold Shipman says:

    More biased scum at the paedo hiding, Tory hating commie commune that is the BBC

  339. 339
    Vive l'amour says:

    Isn’t Mobil a French company? Can’t the frogs find their own set of liars and conmen?

  340. 340
    Glenda the genda benda says:

    In their politically correct environment, do they also employ womanagers?

  341. 341
    Glenda the 1950s genda benda says:

    Knock knock.

    Who’s there?

    The Avon lady. Your bell’s broken.

  342. 342
    cynic says:

    it seems he retired from the Fifth Column last month so now he can come out.

    Will the BBC audit his recent output for bias?

  343. 343
    cynic says:

    it seems he retired from the Fifth Column last month so now he can come out.

    Will the BBC audit his recent output for bias?

  344. 344
    cynic says:

    This prat’s greatest achievement was in ‘fighting apartheid’ ….presumably from his house near Hampstead

  345. 345
    @gogab4jean says:

    GO GAB 4 Jean‏@gogab4jean

    @chrishams Hi Chris, Many thanks for the accurate update – EX-BBC Editor “Tories are Lower Than Vermin” Regards…
    Opinions Have Rights Too

    GO GAB

  346. 346
    Seano says:

    *passes Glock*

  347. 347
    Bugler Bert says:

    his judgement is open to doubt; it is the rants and raves of someone whose sanity is worrying. “Lower than vermin”, where have I heard that before?

  348. 348
    Aneurism. says:

    Nothing we did not already know,move along please.

  349. 349
    manicbeancounter says:

    Would this sort of anti-Tory attitude have any bearing on easy acceptance of the idea that a leading Thatcherite was a peadophile?
    For George Monbiot, who tweeted Lord McAlpine’s name, it could have but confirmed his worst prejudices. Not only a leading Tory, but the successful Treasurer, who bankrolled Thatcherism.

  350. 350
    Chris says:

    I doubt he hates you – more likely he feels bad for you as you’re a poor Tory, supporting a party run by and for the rich. He probably shakes his head at the thought of you on your 24k a year heading into the polling booth and voting for a privately educated inherited wealth Tory who’s goal in life is to ensure the continuation of his wealth and that of his Eton and Oxbridge chums.

  351. 351
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Got a problem with that Matei? [Obviously must have what with the ‘reaction’!!!] – Tell you what my Boy – trace me and then try and get the cops to fit me up at arms length for antiseemsitssemitismbutitain’t – I will then produce the Crown Court Transcript and prove that so many seem to be suborned under yer Oi vei – shit. come on you ewe you have been challenged.

  352. 352
    Anonymous says:

    As Martin is no longer a BBC employee — he retired a couple of weeks ago after many years service — these are indeed his own, personal views which he is fully entitled to express in a democracy; as are you.

  353. 353
    Peoples Voices says:

    You can see where all these Tory lovers are cant you.Lets kick the BBC.Lets close the BBC….and wouldnt both Labour and Tory just love that…what would we then get as a replacement?…FoxNews??Taking out the own goals the BBC scored they were indeed on the right track in the Newsnight broadcasts.It will eventually all come out but when it does the BBC haters will really look foolish.The police will have the last laugh.

  354. 354
    Llimsj says:


    bring on McPherson

  355. 355
    Xavier Onassis says:

    People like him are the reason I’m refusing to pay my licence fee.

  356. 356
    Desk Officer says:

    Bolsheviks Buggering Children surely?

  357. 357
    Airey Belvoir says:

    He is being made an example of, which is bad luck, but the MOD have a well-justified fear of squaddies going off the rails with weapons, there have been some tragic cases of traumatised veterans losing he plot.

  358. 358
    Ehtch says:

    Anyone posted an Aneurin Bevan speech yet?

  359. 359
    Ehtch says:

    Ok so I will, with him in full flow, almost provincial rapper late 1949’s like, with his st-st-stutter,

    And Gwyn Thomas the teacher and observer and playwrite on Nye, somewhere here, in the dark depths of our time,

  360. 360
    sylvesterthecat says:

    Womanisers certainly!

  361. 361
    Pandora says:

    Ah yes, Bevan: the man so dim that having introduced the NHS, he thought the bills would go down each year as Brits became healthier…

  362. 362
    Ehtch says:

    Tool! TB was rampant before NHS, child pregnancy death was shocking, for mothers as well, break a leg and you are left to a local bone setter to put it straight – you here maybe could be due to the modern NHS, have you thought of that twatbreath? make me fecking sick to my personal arse.

    You do not know you are born pal. GROW RIGHT UP!

  363. 363
    Ehtch says:

    And by the way Pandora ignorant, health service went into hyper-drive during WWII, since the state wanted every man and woman healthy to battle Adolf. You know fuck all, you typical tory nazzie.

  364. 364
    Ehtch says:

    oh fuck off – comment awaiting moderation? Sums this country up. Wall to wall twits.

  365. 365
    Anonymous says:

    I hear that rats, mice and pigeons have united to commence a law suit for defamation against the BBC.

  366. 366
    Ehtch says:

    And that is without mentioning the family of cats, dogs and tortoises of Blue Peter that were treated like slaves. And there is a bit of a stink going on about the sculpture outside broadcasting house, and the pecidillos allegedly of the sculptor that did it.

  367. 367
    Ehtch says:

    The beeb is fickle love – you can do better for yourself. C4 is a better catch, even the ITV, and that is saying something.

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