November 27th, 2012

Patten’s Eight Day Spin

During his grilling at the CMS select committee this morning Chris Patten name-checked this month’s MediaGuido exclusive revealing his part time role at the BBC. Asked by LibDem Adrian Sanders how many days a week he was now working at the Beeb, Patten explained:

“I think about eight. There was an FoI from the Guido Fawkes blog that showed I was in the office around three days a week for the first half of the year, and that more recently it has been four days a week”. 

The FOI actually showed that during the first six months of the year Patten turned up to Great Portland Street even less than that: on average between two and three days a week, working on BBC business on an unspecified number of other days:

His work load has understandably increased over the last few months, but not out of choice. It’s having a knock on effect on his other  jobs though, with Oxford students accusing Patten of abandoning his duties as their Chancellor.


  1. 1
    Nummer says:

    salad dodger

  2. 2
    Jen The Blue says:

    He’s another “Tory” I wouldn’t trust to tell me which day of the week it is.

  3. 3
    Duty Pedant says:

    8 days a week?

  4. 4
    dameireneward says:

    Eight days a week. Does that make him the fifth Beatle.

  5. 5
    Wun Hung Lo says:

    London, Nov. 27: A man from Belgium wants to have his marriage annulled after discovering that his Indonesian wife of 19 years had originally been a man and had undergone a sex change.

    The man, only named as Jan, married Monica, his family’s former au pair, in 1993 despite legal difficulties posed by the Belgian immigration authorities.

    “I feel I’ve been assaulted,” the Telegraph quoted him as telling the Het Nieuwsblad newspaper.

    “I brought her to Belgium. That was not easy. The Belgian courts had serious doubts about the authenticity of her birth and her identity papers, but eventually they accepted it anyway.

    “I thought she was an attractive woman, all woman. She had no male traits,” he said.

    The couple decided not to have kids as Jan, 64, had two from his previous marriage and she fooled him by pretending to menstruate, using sanitary towels, “to conceal the truth,” the paper said.

    “Even during sex, I never noticed anything,” he said.

    Jan, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment following the discovery, has started legal proceedings to have the marriage annulled.

  6. 6
    Part time Patten says:

    Look, I’m busy doing lots of things. You try and run the BBC when you’re working at 5 other jobs.

  7. 7
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Patten should resign. Why is the license fee payer having to pay for the BBC s legal costs.

  8. 8
    Chris Paytonnes says:

    8 days a week?

  9. 9
    Lyam Byrne says:

    It’s Friday

  10. 10
    More to the point.. says:

    Why is the license fee payer having to pay for the BBC ?

  11. 11
    Tony Bliar says:

    I have told Patten a trillion times not to exagerate.

  12. 12
    Beatlemania says:

    Patten has obviously re-discovered the secret of improving Britains productivity improvement – an 8 DAY WEEK.
    Must have been listening to our old music.

  13. 13
    Oysters 'R Us says:

    The question ius not how many days a week did he attend/visit BBC House.

    The question is How many hours a week did he spend on BBC business?

    The fat slug probably does make three cursory visits to BBC House three days a week. Around tea time or lunch time.

  14. 14
    More to the point. says:

    Why is the license fee payer having to pay for the BBC?

  15. 15
    Pundit too too says:

    10 at the last count.

  16. 16
    Lordy Patten - the one without Colt 45 or anything says:

    I also go to BBC for dinner, and do like oysters.

  17. 17
    Pundit too too says:

    Just seen a wonderful headline from the Daily Mail.
    “Why having sex increases your chance of having a baby”
    Has April arrived early.

  18. 18
    Bill says:

    the idea of a part time chairman in any business is so that thye can spend the rest of thier time improving thier golf etc. it is not designed for them to have 10 other jobs, as the role of chairman is not just to attend meetings but to be able to keep in touch with industry contacts or other areas concerning the organisation.

    Also if a crisis develops you can dedicate more time to the company.

    pattern is a waste of space in this regard

  19. 19
    Joss Taskin says:

    Are you on the Shirk Programme ?

  20. 20
    Paxman reporting from Hades says:

    It does not matter. We are all going to diiiiiiiiieeeee. Fools.

    Don’t forget to pay your telly tax or we will be forced to dig you up or contact you via ouija board media.

  21. 21
    Anonymous says:

    Patten should not use van Norden principles when accounting for his time.

  22. 22
    Just watch Fox News says:

    You whiny righties. “The BBC hate us, ITV hate us, Channel 4 hate us, Channel 5 hate us”. What’s next? Channel Yesterday hates you? QVC hates you? Maybe Sky News will be called a leftie outlet too before long. Maybe there’s a reason you’re hated. Maybe most people don’t like racist, homophobic loons who preach family values and anti-abortion, whilst fucking their mistresses or boyfriends and then paying for their mistresses to get an abortion. And this applies to Labour as well, who are just as crooked and two faced.

  23. 23
    Sir William W says:

    A ‘patten’ was a kind of wooden platform that fitted on the sole of a lady’s or gentleman’s shoe in the muddy streets. It was designed to keep posh people out of the shite which, curiously, is precisely the role of Baron Patten of Barnes Wallis.

  24. 24
    Sir William W says:

    Glass of sherry, old chap?

  25. 25
    neilfutureboy says:

    I assume that during Patten’s “grilling” the select committee avoided any inconvenient questions about 28gate.

    It is now impossible for any temotely honest politico to deny that the BBC is not a news organisation but a wbholly corrupt, totataltarian propaganda organisation provably not only willing to tell absoultely any lie and censor any fact, continuously for years, but willing to make up any futher lie to cover themselves.

    Fortunately for our MPs, ignoring facts rather than outright lying, isn’t absolute proof of their corruption.

  26. 26
    The Hedley Family says:

    Dat nuttin’, mon. Five jobs, ya lazy good-for-nuttin’ fat boy? All us in our family, us got at lease ten jobs. Me nah wanna hear ’bout you ain’t got proppa time fuh da BBC, mon. Me could take of it in me spare time from me fifteen udda jobs.

  27. 27
    8gate says:

  28. 28
    Lyam adds says:

    There’s no more week left

  29. 29
    Chris The Leatherman says:

    It is not how often does Patten go to the new BBC headquarters it is how long does he spend on BBC business whilst he is there? I have no knowledge on these matters but it would not be unlkely that he was using licence fee paid staff and office facilitiesto do his private work. It would be jolly congenial working ther rather than from an office at home.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    no more wheat left,

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    wheat to the left and what to the right,
    let’s shake it all about.
    do the hokey…wokey.

    we need inde.pen.dant thought.
    no Hitlerian One Word pendanst plase.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    8 is a very expansive number.
    7 the number of truth has been corrupted.
    7 is all lies.

    we really do need a 8 day week.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    week.weak make us weak.

    let’s have a 8 day strom.
    instead of weak1 , weak 2.

    we could have strom1, strom2.

    strom..,wil give you strength. to strom. yr pick.

  34. 34
    its bleak in sunderland says:

    What else do you expect from the Belgians on of them the aptly named Rumpypumpy isrunning our country!!!

  35. 35
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Troughing Bast*rd.Boaz.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Perhaps Fatty Peng could take on the jobs of the members for Kirkcaldy and Nad Beds as well.

  37. 37
    Hong Kong gov says:

    Is it a form of masturbation??.

  38. 38
    The savant8.5 says:

    Euclid the greek mathematician says. :

    I think. About eight !!!???

    Three days. Plus four days is seven .

    Go in mental arithmetical pieces lord lardy .

    Vast food intake over. Many many years has clearly ossified your cognitive cerebral area.

  39. 39
    The savant8.5 says:

    Ambiguous !!

    Does that mean wheeler is defecting to tories or eight tories “defecating “. To ukip ???

  40. 40
    The savant8.5 says:

    Cris Pay me Tons says :

    Isn t it time i had. another heart bypass. ?

    After all…. what is it now at least ten years….

    And they do say these things have to be replaced after a certain time ….

  41. 41
    Andrew says:

    Listen, Guido, anyone willing to be that bloody rude to a Member of Parliament in their own ghastly-Gothic pile, where they are encouraged to feel so self-important, not that they need much encouragement, can’t be all bad!

  42. 42
    Rob says:

    How does the man find time to eat?

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