November 13th, 2012

Exclusive: Lord Patten’s Two Day Weeks

Guido can reveal that during the first six months of this year Lord Patten turned up to his BBC office on average just two days a week. Between January and July £110,000-a-year Patten attended his Great Portland Street office on just 56 days. The BBC have told Guido that Patten is expected to work on Beeb business for three to four days a week, and is required to be on call seven days a week. Overall twelve-job Patten was recorded as working for just 78 days during the period, with the BBC noting that 22 of those were merely attending the odd meeting or answering phone calls from home.

You can bet he’s putting in a lot more hours in now…


187 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Mooncrater says:

    I suspect that soon Patten will be working zero days per week at the BBC.

  2. 2
    Bob Fleming says:

    If only we could all work in public funded jobs..

  3. 3
    Sophie says:

    He has to resign.

    Or better be sacked.

    It beggars belief that he can still be in a job.

  4. 4
    Lionel Ritchie says:

    : David Cameron reveals squeezed middle: http://twitpic.com/bctiot

  5. 5
    greed says:

    Time this merry-go-round of jobs for parasitic troughing bastards like Patten came to an abrupt halt.

  6. 6
    Ed Miliband (Leader of the Party opposite) says:

    Child abuse dont be conned by tory shit pushers.

  7. 7
    UKIP.i.am.still says:

    Two full days a week. They will be sending children down chimneys next.

  8. 8
    Mornington Crescent says:

    I heard on Toady that, in order to speed up the process to find ‘wistle’s permanent successor, the Trust will just be ‘making a few phone calls’ to chums and such like, rather than a ‘long, drawn out’ process.

    That’s the BBC Trust depicted in today’s Telegraph thus:

    “Lord Patten made the deal after a conference call with lawyers and the agreement of two members of the BBC Trust’s remuneration committee. They were Diane Coyle, the vice-chairman of the trust and a former government economist, and Anthony Fry, an investment banker.

    “Mrs Coyle is married to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC’s technology correspondent. She is paid £77,005 a year to work two and a half days a week for the BBC Trust and since last year has also acted as an unpaid adviser to Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary. She declined to comment yesterday.”

    If you pay your Licence fee, you are a tool.

  9. 9
    Rick & Mark says:

    Patten is the one on the left.

  10. 10
    allfornun says:

    Re: “If only we could all work in public funded jobs”…..Get a job in starbucks then dear its an easy application form.

  11. 11
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Hello, Schnorbitz, you’ve been a bit quiet of late – leaving Hattie to do all the talking on this affair.

    Why?

    Too cowardly to stand up to Labour’s chums in the Beeb? Or maybe to David Potter who bankrolls the BIJ and… Labour?

    Do tell…

  12. 12
    Steve Miliband says:

    I find it staggering that the BBC think it’s appropriate to pay Entwistle 12 months pay instead of his contracted 6 without consideration about where the money comes from. Just a typical public sector mindset – never mind plenty more where that came from. I’m sure he has a fantastic pension as well

  13. 13
    Fat Cat Pang says:

    The BBC radical overhaul is well underway. The loyal staff clearly need a morale boost at this difficult time.

    I propose that the Licence Fee should be increased to £290 per year from January, 2013, so that we can double their salaries and pension benefits.

  14. 14
    Vladimir says:

    Do Britain do courses in corruption? I feel in need of a refresher.

  15. 15
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    I repeat that I have no plan B for the shambles known as the UK economy.

    FTSE 100 5727.02
    Down
    -40.25 -0.70%

    We’re doomed I tell you.

  16. 16
    Bob Fleming says:

    Indeed – in the real world recruitment is a competitive process open to all comers and the best candidate selected following an exhaustive set of interviews, scrutiny and verification of CV, psychometric tests and whatever else is deemed necessary for selection of the right candidate. This lot just get on the phone to a couple of their chinless mates and see who’s free – no wonder the upper echelons of public service is so stuffed with mediocrities

  17. 17
    Centre Parting says:

    BBC directly subsidising Labour.

    Public Enquiry immediately (copyright E.Milliband)

  18. 18
    Bob Fleming says:

    Lol, the difference dear is that the public choose whether to spend their money in starbucks or not – but i’m sure you understand the difference

  19. 19
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    The BBC Pension Fund is top of the pots

  20. 20
    Bill Cash says:

    Get us out of Europe now then we can fuck off Abu Qatada. Why do we put up with this shit ? Fuck Europe,

  21. 21
    fruitbat says:

    Patten is toast.

  22. 22
    Bob Fleming says:

    there is an upside to Abu staying here – it serves as a permanent reminder and warning of the cretins we have in our midst

  23. 23
    smo­ggie says:

    If he then gets a half million payoff then I’m sure he’d be pleased about that.

  24. 24
    Aunt Mat says:

    The trouble is, that there are many more government scandals than BBC scandals.

    No point in the Government stepping in.

    That nice Mr. Murdoch is my favourite. (The young or the old one, either will do)

  25. 25
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    2 days a week with 3 hour lunch breaks

  26. 26
    smo­ggie says:

    That’s right – it was only 3000 licence payers’ annual contributions down the pan.

  27. 27
    1984 says:

    Pound up against the Euro. He’s doing better than Rumpey.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps Entwistle might like to donate his pay-off to Children In Need, which the BBC is currently urging the public to support.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Time for a mass campaign of non-payment of the licence fee.

  30. 30
    Lord Mooncrater says:

    Cameron approved his appointment. Probably because he was one of the assassins that stabbed Mrs Thatcher in the back.

  31. 31
    Boom boom says:

    Don’t you mean the cretins than run the country?

  32. 32
    smo­ggie says:

    Is Fabio Capello looking for a job at the mo?

  33. 33
    1984 says:

    In the real world, at the highest levels of recruitment, there is no open competition. Headhunters are employed to identify and poach ‘talent’ from other companies. A pool of (say) three potential candidates are identified and invited to apply. And that’s it.

    It seems like the BBC just cuts out the headhunter and two of the three candidates.

    ‘Hi, Sebastion, Toby here – fancy a job as Head of Commissioning at the BBC..?’

  34. 34
    just a thought says:

    Andrew Gilligan for new DG.

  35. 35
    1984 says:

    I blame the voters.

  36. 36
    Phil says:

    The press is reporting that Patten knew in advance of the programme’s airing.
    This raises the question as to why he did not at the very least discuss with Entwistle the veracity of the item bearing in mind that the whole saga from start to finish was an overtly political attack thinly veiled as an unbiast factual report.For that non decision alone he should be fired as well.

  37. 37
    1984 says:

    Or put it back into the pot so that the ‘cuts’ don’t lead to such sloppy journalism.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Instead of sacking incompetents, the BBC simply shifts them to another department.

  39. 39
    useless says:

    Patten delivered the shambles that is the PSNI, why did anyone believe he’d deliver a better BBC?

  40. 40
    smo­ggie says:

    Pretty much every other index on the planet is down since Obama was re-elected. That would be Osborne’s fault would it?

    Anyway, back on topic….

  41. 41
    albacore says:

    Could be that they pay him to stay away
    As a sunbeam, he ain’t the brightest ray
    And with all those managers to keep sweet
    Who would want him tripping over their feet?

  42. 42
    Nothing better to do says:

    Stop watching the tele and stop paying tele tax.. Withdraw your support for these public sector twats and see the edifice crumble. I have

  43. 43
    Hugh Janus says:

    +100 (and you forgot to include ‘utterly incompetent’)

  44. 44
    BBC Trust appointments committee says:

    New DG ? Oh shit ,we thought you said new DJ !

  45. 45
    don't panic Mr Mainwaring says:

    Compared to Greece, Spain, Italy and France, we’re laughing.

  46. 46
    Lord Barkingmad says:

    Alistair Campbell

  47. 47
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Perhaps she reads her best seller Sex, Drugs and Economics to him.

    Oh what a surprise, another Labourite working for Al Beeb.

  48. 48
    jgm2 says:

    All together now 1-2-3

    Let’s all go short on the FTSE chaps.

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Conor Burns MP said on The DP yesterday that the McAlpine affair was politically motivated.
    At least someone is prepared to state the bleedin’ obvious.

  50. 50
    Minister without Portfolio says:

    Ridiculous!

  51. 51
    Nothing better to do says:

    Agreed. I don’t pay it anyway and the higher it is the more people will refuse to pay. Starve the beast.

  52. 52
    UKIP.i.am.still says:

    Petition to scrap the BBC

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40667

  53. 53
    EdButLookBalls says:

    On Toady, McNaughtie arranged a boxing match rather than do the slugging himself!

    In the red corner was some ex-Beeboid called Harding. steeped in a BBC editorial career. In the blue corner was Trevor Kavanagh, Cheif Political Honcho of the Sun.

    The red corner had the closing line of “That is an outrageous slur”!

    The stinging remark from the blue corner was, ” The BBC in institutionally biased towards Labour and the lefty-liberal elite”

    “What’s James Naughtie for Mummy?” !

  54. 54
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    CotD

  55. 55
    Witch Sniffer Outer says:

    Does his pension pot not take the payout to £1.327 MILLION????
    Lord Patten signed off the £1.32m severance package with MPs from all parties saying he should go:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231646/George-Entwistle-rewarded-failure-pockets-450-000-salary-877-000-pension-BBC-pay-off.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    Nice pay-off, if you can get it….

  56. 56
    1984 says:

    Because it was such an overtly political attack on the Tories he, particularly, could not be seen to be trying to suppress it. Imagine if news got out that an Ex-Tory big-wig had suppressed p*a*e*d*o allegations against the Torys?

    That would be seized on by the likes of Tom Watson. The fact that the allegations were a load of shite would never have come to light. All that would definitely be known is that a Tory suppressed allegations. And why would he do that? To protect p*a*e*d*o Tories of course.

    He, more than anybody, had to let it run.

  57. 57
    Anonymous says:

    At least the current Government dont have anything to worry about, by the time we have gone through all Tonys “scandals” we will all be 6 foot under.

  58. 58
    UKIP.i.am.still says:

    If only we had joined the Euro. Then all our problems would have been Germany’s.

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Simon Heffer for DG!!!

  60. 60
    good egg says:

    Little wonder the twat looks so grumpy.

  61. 61
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    He’s made a whole meal of it.

  62. 62
    1984 says:

    Almost everybody alive today will be 6 foot under since he saw fit to stick 100 year disclosure bans on everything.

  63. 63
    Anonymous says:

    I think you have it in a nutshell, that just illustrates how the management in some areas has become a comfortable club.How did the chap who has stepped in to cover for Entwistle get anywhere, he sounds like a right oaf !

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    As he emerged from the bowels of the bbc the other day I thought for a split second that he’d morfed into teddy heath.

  65. 65
    The man wearing the BBC Pudsey Bear outfit in Children's Ward 4 says:

    Children, I’m a poorly bear but if you stroke my furry legs I’ll grow big and strong.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Fat pang should be able to cut a fantastic deal with weight watchers!

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    This is a disgrace and i hope will be well and truly investigated over the coming weeks, how on earth can anybody be given that sort of payoff when he was incompetent. Another illustration of the BBC way of thinking.

  68. 68
    this septic pile says:

    abu qatada for directorator

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    No problem in approving the appointment at all, he should be good at the job, considering his previous career. But there should be some way of ensuring people work the hours they are paid for.

  70. 70
    Jack says:

    Someone shuld make a programe about what goes on at the BBC maybe JR could play Patter, and del boy could play the personel officer.

  71. 71
    Ex Ex Ex Ah! Monika says:

    But the ability to articulate what you are doing, to be clear about it, and to stick to it is, I think, the essence of leadership.
    Chris Patten
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/chris_patten.html#d5tTQJJf4JyjWtHI.99

  72. 72
    Peter Mandelson says:

    So the Labour Party is homophobic now? I missed that meeting.

  73. 73

    The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which worked with Newsnight on the McAlpine fiasco, was on the verge of collapse last night after editor Iain Overton quit and backers were urged to halt their funding.

  74. 74
    Pissed Off Pleb says:

    No. There’s no chance it will happen. I’m not letting the fecking Government get my address details etc. on yet another database.

    Getting the Tallyban to modify the BBC buildings would be a better option.

  75. 75
    Synic says:

    The Fire Brigade are starting to charge for moving grossly obese patients and corpses. They can use Fat Pang for a training exercise, preferably a.s.a.p.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    The acting DG’s appearance on sky yesterday reminded me of Acorn Antiques.Another winner from fat pang.

  77. 77
    Fat Pang says:

    Pass the port old chap

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    On the subject of troughing bastards, did you see the article saying several children of Labour MPs are up for safe seats . Will Straw, Euan Blair, and Harriet Harmon / Jack Dromeys son. God help us all.

  79. 79
    Chris Patten says:

    Good idea! He ticks all the right boxes: effnic, Muzzie, hates England, loves getting lots of money from the English taxpayer. Ideal!

    Shame he’s not a lezzer, too. A one-legged one. But never mind.

  80. 80
  81. 81
    Ponzi Mandelson says:

    The real expression among the boys is

    It buggers belief

    I know what I am talking about

    Diddly poo and guacamole to you all from Central Asia

    I am getting filthy rich while you all clear up my poo…

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Just wondering … is his pension based on his 53 day fuck-up or the position he held before that? Anyone know how much difference that makes to pension?

  83. 83
    Newsnight Production Team says:

    Tonight on Newsnight! We expose shocking behaviour behind the scenes of a much loved children’s TV show!

  84. 84
    Triple Bags Clarke says:

    Oh yesh…

    More portwein

    Itsh the right thing to do…

  85. 85
    Tom Catesby says:

    This kind of sinecure is not uncommon among former politicians and senior ‘civil servants’. This has been a national disgrace for years. Patten must go!

  86. 86
    BBC white stuff producer says:

    Tonite, by special request, we will be showing Cicciolina Berkow topless

    And Squeaker bottomless (on a ladder, so you can see him)

    To compete with our Nads…

  87. 87
    Yeah, you know you love it says:

  88. 88
    Observer says:

    Apparently he’s a good runner. And from what I’ve seen, that’s about his only qualification for his temporary job.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/acting-bbc-directorgeneral-tim-davie-spends-first-day-setting-out-his-credentials-for-taking-the-job-fulltime-8306786.html

  89. 89
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    The backers are all Labour supporters, of course.

  90. 90
    St Tony says:

    Only 110 grand a year for two days a week? LOL!

  91. 91
    XXX says:

    What an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon

  92. 92
    Sir William W says:

    Patten slept his way to the top – in his case, literally.

  93. 93
    Casual Observer says:

    The Acting DG comes across like a typically incompetent junior estate agent

  94. 94
    One-term Dave, leading the Tories to their grave, says:

    Europe is wonderful and we should very much stay in it. Jolly good value at nineteen billion a year. And what of Quatada? His security is only going to cost £5million every year. Why, I only need to sack an extra 150 or so police officers to save that kind of money and Quatada’s security is fully paid for what what!

    Spiffing!

    Toodle pip!

    PS: remember to vote Tory in 2015.

  95. 95
    A mullah writes says:

    Seems to me old Abu is a marked man, I wonder what it will cost the taxpayer to protect him from having is throat ripped out?

  96. 96
    Anonymous says:

    I thought Ed looked really odd at the cenotaph, i couldnt help remembering nicola Murray practicing walking on,” in the thick of it”spot on.

  97. 97
    Bristolian says:

    Where’s Dave this morning? We need some more of his dynamic PC actions.

  98. 98
    Sir William W says:

    Hmm….the odd scientist among the subsidy-seekers and anti-humanist preachers.

  99. 99
    Ranter says:

    Chris Patten + a fat, greedy, pompous CNUT!

  100. 100
    Peter Hains Ego from a Naranja orchard in Espana says:

    at least he is blick

  101. 101
    Dave says:

    If I do everything my enemies want, they won’t hit me will they?

  102. 102
    Socialism = starvation says:

    When Patten lost Bath, the cry went up “Tory gain!”.

  103. 103
  104. 104
    Phil says:

    Good point – your moniker says it all.
    WTF do we do however to get shot of these slanderous barstewards?

  105. 105
    Mars Attacks says:

    All politicians are, by definition, perpetrators of an ineptocracy.

    And happily, here is the defintion:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ineptocracy

  106. 106
    XXX says:

    There are 650 jobbies in the HoC for starters goodness know, then is the HoL, platinum pensions to boot, lots of holidays, the vast majority of mps have their seats because they are considered safe seats, jobbies for life or until they are found out doing the naughty bits (fiddling, sexual shenanigans and other such activities) or they fall out of favour with their party bosses.

  107. 107
    Witch Sniffer Outer says:

    1. Don’t look at the degenerates in their palaces, Watch the dead man.
    2. The dead man DID tell tales….Plebs getting too close to the truth
    3. Disinfo: Time to throw in a red herring, bbc to reveal high level nonce.
    4. Don’t watch the dead man…we have a live man
    5. The Live Man is a fake nonce
    6. Discredits internet, nonce witnesses, whistle blowers, etc….
    7. Pay off the ‘actors’ including Entwistle
    8. Nonce business as usual and more power to the draconian state’s elbow

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    The time has come when political affiliations or work for political parties should prevent work for the bbc, that is a disgrace that 1) she is paid so muc and 2) that she works for a Labour MP as well, how can that be allowed to happen ?

  109. 109
    Saggy Sally says:

    Sorry, double booked again. I’m doing a karaoke strip at the Miners’ Arms in Doncaster tonite. Must go, just practising the contra-rotating double tassle swing at the moment.

  110. 110
    This Fat'un says:

    I learned everything from my hero and inspiration Kinnock. He showed me that with a minimum of talent and simply by staying half-awake it is easy to ransack the public purse.

  111. 111
    Anonymous says:

    That’s it!

  112. 112
    Bo Beaumont (Mrs Overall) OBE says:

    How dare you, we produced drama of consistent quality.

  113. 113
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Don’t tell me Mrs Dromy and Harmaman have copulated and produced something in human form that will be voted for, e uck.

  114. 114
    Butch Dave says:

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Plebs’ cost of living through the roof! Cartel of energy supply companies threatened with being called naughty!

  115. 115
    blub says:

    Cruel to make a man with his medical condition sit down on cold, stone slabs.

  116. 116
    Gordon Brown says:

    So did I

    Err am I still Predident?

  117. 117
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    His previous career?

    As an elitist globalist, EU apologist and former commissar, Euro membership advocate and of poll tax infamy?
    He also worked for the election of the Liberal mayor of New York against the conservative, Willam Buckley.

    Yep Patten’s about as conservative as Call Me Useless-Heath mk.2.

  118. 118
    Anne Arquist says:

    Being a busy, important bulls-hitter like Lord Chris requires fuelling on big lunches and dinners washed down with fine wines…and doesn’t it show!

  119. 119
    Donkeys led by Donkeys says:

    Very good! Managers at the BBC are all like this idiot. No idea about good man-management, egos that far outweigh their ability, unprofessional, and totally unsuitable to be leaders.

  120. 120
    Another Engineer says:

    A lot of rent seeking there.

    This is another BBC scandal, of equal or bigger magnitude than the Newsnight screw up, but I’ll bet it is buried.

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

    ….. nausiating footage him arriving at BBC tieless and carrying a cup of coffee????

    Totally unprepossessing…..

  122. 122
    Socialism = starvation says:

    Oxfam have given them some money, shy of £20,000, and the bloke who made the Psion Organiser seems to have been behind the charity that made a major donation.

    http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/fundingexplained/

    I can’t see how Oxfam got value for other people’s money, but I’m no expert.

  123. 123
    To Be Fair says:

    To be fair his Political bedfellow Edward Heath did impliment a 3 day week for many of the little people back in the day.

  124. 124
    BBC ARSEHOLE says:

    As the Area Resource Senior Executive, Head Of Local Expertise (ARSEHOLE) for the BBC; I think that this is wholly unrepresentative of the BBC.

  125. 125
    XXX says:

    These jobs are given by patronage by the prime minister of the day, I am not really sure that they even have to know anything about the the industry they are appointed to lead, like a lot of non-executive directors of public companies, they are just invited to join, take their gelt, appearing at a few company meetings they are supposed to represent shareholders, Hmmmmm

  126. 126
    Witch Sniffer Outer says:

    He’s worked for the beeb for some years…however, surely the scale of his pension would be related and massively increased by his final salary, ie that of DG after only those short days in the role????

  127. 127
    My Vote Never Counts says:

    I’ll have you know we have some very ‘up down-market’ lap-dancing establishments in Doncaster these days – thanks to New Labour.

  128. 128
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Cup? Styrofoam bucket, like all the oiks use.

  129. 129
    Labours Aristocracy says:

    Our hereditary principle puts the Royal family to shame.

  130. 130
    Ed Millionaireband says:

    I demand a judge led inquiry into why the Chilcot Inquiry has not reported yet.

  131. 131
    Louise says:

    BLACK HOLES GIDEON, BLACK HOLES.

    (And I don’t mean the appendage below Flabbott’s belly)

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    Its a bit like paying Jordan to open your supermarket .

  133. 133
    the great directorator says:

    whatever will become of Downton?

  134. 134
    Penguin says:

    I’m simply gaging for one of Miss McBrown’s tweats, where is she, New York, Moscow, Tonbridge Wells? The suspence is killing me.

  135. 135
    Dave the Spendthrift says:

    I’ve got inflation growth going again. Up to 2.7% in Octobet.

    Aren’t I a Clever Cutter ?

  136. 136
    I don't n ee d no doctor says:

    Tom Watson the labour scum you cannot trust.

  137. 137
    Twatada out! says:

    We will be fined if we disobey the Court.

    There’s nearly 60 million of us here in this country – a quid each should cover it.

    I’m in

  138. 138
    1984 says:

    I thought it was the unions that implemented a three day week.

  139. 139
    the great directorator says:

    like The Weather Forecast – Dry but Wet

  140. 140
    miss mcbrown says:

    the suspenders are killing me!

  141. 141
    Decent Bloke says:

    Voters of Corby and Northampton East.

    I urge you not to vote labour. You will be voting for liars, hypocrites and thieves.
    Nothing has changed from when Brown was in charge, nothing.

  142. 142
    Anonymous says:

    and “precious”….

  143. 143
    UKIP.i.am.still says:

    You gotta laugh at the government moaning about energy companies ripping-off customers the day that E.ON issues a profits alert which sends its share price tumbling.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20308816

  144. 144
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Laughably, the incompetent oaf sits on the pretentiously named ‘Global Leadership Foundation’ an organisation which ‘works to promote good governance around the world’.

    They should have looked at Patten’s shambolic career to date, before giving the clown the nod.
    But one suspects ability and actual achievement rate for very little, when the sinecures are handed out to yes men like Patten.

  145. 145
    Kinnockio says:

    We’re aaaaaaaaaaaaaalllll riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

  146. 146
    Mornington Crescent says:

    I think I heard on Toady 10 grand a week, although quite how they come up with such a figure I have no idea.

  147. 147
    this septic pile says:

    your generous description of the withdrawal-of-labour candidate doesn’t leave much scope for the competition

  148. 148
    Proper Bristols R Us says:

    Oi my luvver – don’t zee forget us West Cnutry lads

  149. 149
    Political or what says:

    And to think when people give money they think it will be used to build wells or buy vaccinations etc

  150. 150
    this septic pile says:

    does it bring tp mind ken clarke’s boast while chancellor of rectal fistitude?

  151. 151
    Ranter says:

    Where’s Nick Clegg at this time of national trouble?

  152. 152
    Management speak 101 says:

    Standing aside = keeping ones head down so as to avoid the flack caused by a situation you were previously responsible for but now are temporarily no longer accountable or answerable for. Normally used to ensure future career advancement is not untowardly affected.

  153. 153
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    In case you haven’t noticed, we can’t vote for the cretins who run this country. All we can do is choose which administrators of the dictatorship, we can allow to follow their instructions / directives.

  154. 154
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Everything Patten has touched in his ‘career’ has turned to utter shite very shortly after. He has form and lots of it, at being useless.

  155. 155
    Mark O says:

    You’re taking the words out of my mouth.

  156. 156
    smo­ggie says:

    He’ll never need to work again. Thank fuck.

  157. 157

    Patten is the Tory Quisling that makes the BBC appear impartial.

  158. 158
    HenryV says:

    Can’t we get a Pole to do the job? It would be cheaper. NO I don’t mean a Miliband either. Or perhaps Michelle Obama, she is foreign and black?

  159. 159
    HenryV says:

    Would the Strictly Cum Dancing judges’ panel do?

  160. 160
  161. 161
    Pundit too too says:

    Patten is definately a man who should spend more time with his dog and his club.
    I suspect his wife could do with less time with him as could the city.

  162. 162
    Pundit too too says:

    23 years with the BEEB – you would have thought that in that time he had sussed out the culture and his enemies.

  163. 163
    Mars Attacks says:

    .. because they wanted Stalinist Socialism, and Heath didn’t want to play, but didn’t have “Father’s” backbone and iron will.

  164. 164
    Pundit too too says:

    Ho Ho Ho. Children in Need and the Beeb is rather ironic in view of the Savile affair. Much like they used to constantly promote Northern Rock.
    Of course CoN is run by past Labour government advisors don’t you know!

  165. 165
    Pip Speaker says:

    You should see my solid platinum pension, and a lordship to boot. In place even if I leave tomorrow.

  166. 166
    Thee Gruniard nUus. says:

    We give the Toady Programme and other such BBC programmes their figures that they never question.
    Our economic gravitas is worldleading in the media, and our spelling and grammar is also recognized.

  167. 167
    Pundit too too says:

    Lots of discarded football managers around. Considering the parlous nature of BBC financial, editorial and data governance they should fit in comfortably – and induce more teamwork.

  168. 168
    Dame Nelly Melba says:

    It worked in Australia.

  169. 169
    JH3 says:

    Who pays you to post this tedious shit? How much?

    I’m genuinely curious.

  170. 170
    JH3 says:

    Good.

    Once inflation takes hold they will have no choice but to raise interest rates back to their historic norm (5-6%), and the farcical prices people still expect for houses will drop to sensible levels.

  171. 171
    Alan Freeman says:

    A full BBC pay-out? Not half!!

  172. 172
    Rufus Stone says:

    And a damn sight prettier than General Patten

  173. 173
    Brown out and pay me damages. says:

    Another who treats his job like its a hobby.

  174. 174
    Lord Mooncrater says:

    Being a parasite is different from having a career.

  175. 175
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    As they say here in Wales :

    Nice work if you can get it !

  176. 176
    Handycock No! Trougher in Parliament says:

    Troughing Tory Twat. Boaz.

  177. 177
    Cicero says:

    Two days a week? If he moved about a bit more, maybe he could shift a bit of that flab?

  178. 178
    keredybretsa says:

    Doddle jobs for the nobs. When things go smoothly. But when the shit starts flying around the BBC, and sticks. The old geez will wish he hadn’t joined.

  179. 179
    XXX says:

    Don’t be disgusting

  180. 180
    XXX says:

    Jordan, that’s a river isn’t it?

  181. 181
    dunstall says:

    Patten never done a days work in his life either payed by the taxpayer or Conservative Party a fat useless @@@@

  182. 182
    dunstall says:

    I bet our yellow friends in Bejing r laughing their cocks off

  183. 183
    Four-eyed English Genius says:

    Very odd scientists most of them!

  184. 184
    Anonymous says:

    Shut my eyes for a few monments and thought about it and laughed, Del Boy !!!!, don’t you think he might be too good and sack the bloody lot.

  185. 185
    Marion the Cat says:

    I try again, I shut my eyes and laughed at this – Del boy was more intelligent than you average BBC lefty time-server. Make it happen !!!

    Please Guido think and look before you block.

  186. 186
    blub says:

    ouch, i thought it was just the huge dinners

  187. 187
    Jack Armstrong says:

    Same Shit. Different Day.


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