December 20th, 2012

Watch Patten Crack Up Over Mark Thompson

Chris Patten’s extraordinary response to Miles Goslett’s question over Mark Thompson’s integrity shows a man on the verge of cracking under the pressure. Why did Thompson say he had never heard any allegations against Jimmy Savile if he signed off the crucial Sunday Times letter threatening legal action for the suggestion he did? And why wouldn’t Patten be drawn on the subject? The Pollard Report found that “it is clear that Mr Thompson did approve the sending of the letter”, putting the New York Times CEO, and his massive BBC pension, in an awkward position to say the least. The contempt Patten clearly holds for the hack who blew the whole story open is very telling…


242 Comments

  1. 1
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Lord Pattern of Jobsworth must have 13 Christmas Parties to attend, no wonder he is cracking up or splitting his sides.

  2. 2
    Patten Maker says:

    Patten seems to be from the same mould as Yeo

  3. 3
    Sick of scroungers says:

    Jesus, who would trust this guy to lead any trust. Insufferable wanker.

  4. 4
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Lord Patten and trust…like Margaret Moran and integrity.

  5. 5
    Ja d ed J ea n says:

    The Emperor has no clothes!

  6. 6
    Damage Limitation says:

    The BBC’s treatment of the science of AGW is much more serious than the Savile thingy and they know it.

  7. 7
    Taxpayer001 says:

    It’s Peter Mannion in the flesh

    “Some of my best friends are money-grabbing wankers”

  8. 8
    rockrnolla says:

    Steve Coogan is still a bigger twat than either of them.

  9. 9
    Chris Patten is a Catholic so knows the score says:

    If there is one thing the pope taught me it’s that any allegations of child abuse should be dealt with ‘in house’ and not reported to the Police.

  10. 10
    Dan Saffend says:

    What has wife-beating got to do with it?

  11. 11
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Police Federation chairman Paul Mckeever is oh so quiet. Why, what is he frightened of?

  12. 12
    Huhne Marooned says:

    Chris Huhne’s constituency goes under water.

  13. 13
    Rob says:

    Maybe it was just before lunch and he was getting tetchy

  14. 14
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Po lice Federation chairman Paul Mc keever is oh so quiet. Why, what is he frightened of?

  15. 15
    Taxpayer001 says:

    Lunch with Hugh Grant, hot date

  16. 16
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    what is mod frightened of?

  17. 17
    Chris Patten is a Catholic so knows the score says:

    Another thing I learned from the Vatican was that you don’t kick out those involved in the cover up,you just shuffle them off to another parish or in the BBC’s case,another department.

  18. 18
    The Knights Templar says:

    A knock at the door at 6:30am?

  19. 19
    RedLorry says:

    An perfect example of a ruler confronted by an uppity subject.

  20. 20
    Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

    This is my last request to you lot to get off my back(Mr Epicure excepted).

    We at the BBC are loyal to each other being members of the “Keep snouts in the trough” club and there is no way I am going to dish Thompson since he put me here – £110K pa 3 mornings a week and a pension. Why not show he some support.

    That apart I am completely out of my depth never having had a proper job having joined politics staright from university. I collect an MP’s pension, HK Govt pension and one from the EU not to mention BBC annuity. I think I have done well and am widely regarded as being a the top man in the gravy train stake.

    Must rush – meeting Mr Epicure at Bentley’s for oysters and champers followed by grilled turbot was down with Grand Cru Chablis

  21. 21
    Privatise the BBC says:

    Been taking a leaf out of Leveson’s book – the review is perfect and will not be questioned?
    This whole thing stinks.

  22. 22
    wiliam says:

    The voters in Bath in 1992 are to be congratulated.

  23. 23
    Andrew Efiong says:

    These media luvvies don’t like it up ‘em!

    Patten’s on the run, trying to duck and weave tough questions.

  24. 24
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Patten arrogance knows no bounds. He is not a fit and proper person to hold his position.

  25. 25
    Who says:

    The BBC is in a mess.

    Who appointed the people who’ve put in there?

  26. 26
    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    Call me a taxi please !

    This morning’s YouGov poll for the Sun has topline figures of CON 30%, LAB 43%, LDEM 11%, UKIP 10%. It isn’t the biggest Labour lead YouGov have shown this month, but (leaving aside a rather outlandish 29% back in April) it matches the lowest Conservative score this Parliament. UKIP, meanwhile, remain in double figures on 10%.

  27. 27
    Lee Chapman says:

    His trivialisation of wife beating was rather telling!

  28. 28
    Eric Leach says:

    What an insufferable, overblown, self important prat Patten really is.

    He has to go.

  29. 29
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The BBC make the management of the British army at the battle of the Somme look brilliant.

  30. 30
    Operation Crossbow says:

    By go do you mean the BBC ‘must go’? You know moved sideways and salary doubled?

  31. 31
    Brian Paddick and husband says:

    I find it morally repugnant that people at the BBC which is after all paid for by the hard working tax payer should retire on massive pensions.

  32. 32
    Someone else is to blame says:

    Fatty Pang says “I know what is best and I am not responsible for anything that happens in any of the 15 organisations who fund my eating. I couldn’t be responsible for anything as there is no time between me eating on my expense accounts for me to do anything. A big boy did it and ran away.”

  33. 33
    Chris Patten wife beater says:

    Never trust anybody called Chris

  34. 34
    bergen says:

    That fellow hit the spot, no question. I doubt if the old TV Centre in Wood Lane has enough cupboards to hide all the skeletons tumbling out.

  35. 35
    Keith AB says:

    Yes , you could be forgiven for thinking they had an agenda. Perhaps having so much of the BBC pension fund invested in “Green” stocks had something to do with. Or maybe just another example of the idiot left trying to “smash capitalism”.

    The damage that has been done is enormous and so far no one has bothered to do real investigation except from only one retired gentleman who was curious about who the 28 climate experts giving advice were.

    What a joke these venerable institutions are becoming under apparatchiks like Patten.

  36. 36
    Father McKunty says:

    So is that why when his wife goes out in public with facial bruises she wears a T shirt saying ‘slow learner’?

  37. 37
    Closed shop says:

    They did.

  38. 38
    More rubbish talked about WW1 than ... says:

    Do you know anything about the Great War? Probably not.

  39. 39
    Sally Bercow says:

    The lad’s certainly got some spunk!

  40. 40
    Chris Patten is a Catholic so knows the score says:

    Given the choice between promoting Savile as a saint or a sinner we at the BBC of course went with saint.

  41. 41
    Bobby Digital says:

    The BBC should set up a new channel called BBC BBC where its staff can report non-stop about the BBC, with shows like Crash in the Attic, Reverse Gear, Strictly Journalism and Planet Earth, where David Attenborough occasionally visits the real world.

  42. 42
    Leftie Spin Machine says:

    Freudian slip ?

  43. 43
    Swiss Bob says:

    Watch the useless windmills chopping bats.

    http://www.epaw.org/multimedia.php?lang=es&article=b6

  44. 44
    Hong Kong Phooey says:

    LOL

  45. 45
    Barman says:

    Well, Chris does like his Stella.

  46. 46
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    A truly smug and patronising man who it seems only the Chinese were able to fathom out and they did it rather quickly,he is a classic establishment fixer devoid of any belief other than self belief.

  47. 47
    US Watch says:

    Or, the New York Times.

  48. 48
    Liar Liar Pants on Fire says:

    Will the BBC and Politicians please stop saying that everyone loves the BBC, it is the most trusted News service in the world, the public want the BBC to continue as it is and view it with affection and other such shite?

    It is carrying out at this present time one of the greatest Scams if not the greatest scam carried out by any organisation ever.

    http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/bbc-28-gate-helen-boaden-remounts-saddle/

  49. 49
    Average BBC viewer watching 'life on earth' says:

    Did you see the size of them balls on that monkey?

  50. 50
  51. 51
    The Beast of Barnes says:

    But is Alan Partridge a wife beater?

  52. 52
    As it happens says:

    BREAKING NEWS

    Fatty Pang has exploded. According to people on the scene, Fatty was making a herculean attempt to force down his fifth lunch when his digestive system gave up the battle and blew up. Pieces of the cadaver are still being collected at up to 400 metres from the table at which is sitting.

    News of collateral damage is awaited.

  53. 53
    Can't use me old moniker says:

    Well said. Perhaps he is seeking revenge.

  54. 54
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And don’t forget – all three party’s have been in it together trying to sell us all a myth for many years now.

  55. 55
    Lord Patten of Barnes says:

    What is the Oxford Russian Fund?

    http://company-director-check.co.uk/director/911415662

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    i have no reason to disbelieve mark thompson.
    in that case do you have any reason to believe mark thompson…and what are they?
    .
    th elite now wants to communicate with the plebs in writing, and writing only. leveson did the same. so they make judgements but do not wish ro be questioned on it. why? because they are perfect.
    .
    so, the elite is perfect and everyone else is imperfect.
    no wonder all the censorship is about hiding the imperfections…,but it does not end there.

  57. 57
    Fatty Pang says:

    Look what’s £450k between friends?

  58. 58
  59. 59
    George Entwistle says:

    What’s the BBC? Never heard of it.

  60. 60
    nope, not a chance says:

    They can fuck off with their request for a Licence Fee. I’m not paying a penny more to fund people like that contemptuous oul trout Boaden walking back into BBC Centre today as if she owned the fucking place.

  61. 61
  62. 62
    George Entwistle is unaware that his name is George Entwistle says:

    What an utter c-unt. It’s a wonder Patten isn’t in the Labour party.

  63. 63
    Mad Frankie Maude says:

    I knocked on my neighbour’s door this morning and said, “I’m terribly sorry, but I’ve just hit your cat.”

    “Oh no,” she cried, “Is he in a bad way?”

    “Put it this way,” I said, “My cricket bat snapped in half.”

  64. 64
    Blowing Whistles says:

    And you’d trust a Yougov poll ….. [I used to be one of their pollsters for about 4 years – I know how they weight & slant their polls] do me a favour!

  65. 65
    Jimmy says:

    I doubt I’d have been that patient with a Daily Hitler mouthbreather.

  66. 66
    Can't use me old moniker says:

    Did the boden monstrosity threaten to grass everyone up if they took away her golden teat?

  67. 67
    David Camoron says:

    “Raising more money for the rich”

  68. 68
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Has anyone yet noticed a split along the middle of his tongue?

  69. 69
    This Fat'un says:

    You may say that I look like a fat smug comatose parasite, but the Chairman has to reflect the values of the BBC.

  70. 70
    Anonymous says:

    .
    there is a bit of the army about the BBC, it,s leader is called both a director and a general. fake stuff needs to be directed….and the generals it seems are rather incompetent. only a few days ago greg dyke was implying that reports are not even needed……they are all a waste of money.
    .
    both the army and bbc have pledged loyalty to the queen. wasted lives in fake wars and wasted lives in fake info wars. now the queen wants regulators to have teeth. and the press censorship regulator which will pledge its loyalty to the queen is meant to have it. with all this fakeness around is the BoE gold for real?

  71. 71

    Dodgy Patten should quit BBC

  72. 72
    Conspiracy Watch says:

    This does have the stench of something hanging over it, smells like either Europe or Common Purpose.

  73. 73
    Heating,eating,fags or beer? says:

    He reads the Mirror as well? what a C*nt

  74. 74
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if the man arrested by plod today over Mitchell turns out to be a BBC employee, a member of the Labour party or a trade unionist?

    Fingers crossed.

  75. 75
    BBC says:

    We wish all our viewers and listeners a very happy Winterval, and would also like to remind everyone that next years Jizya is due.

    cc: Jack Booted Capita thugs.

  76. 76
    Gold Watch says:

    All that glisters may not be ours, and could be tungsten.

  77. 77
    David Ike says:

    He’s a space lizard

  78. 78
    BBC says:

    Or all of the above i.e. a Pilgrim working at Al Beeba

  79. 79
    David Icke says:

    Yes

  80. 80
    Steve Jobs says:

    Western medicine is shit. Trust me I used that lefty mumbo jumbo stuff and look at me now. Fit as a fiddle.

  81. 81
    Daily Show says:

    Huge Grunt: “What is that clip? It’s a terrible clip,”
    Host: “Well, then make a better fucking movie.”

  82. 82
    Steve Jobs says:

    You’re taking it wrong

  83. 83
    bergen says:

    You’re quite right, of course. The Chinese quickly had his measure. A poor man’s Roy Jenkins and without his talent for writing.

  84. 84
    Observer says:

    Priceless comment!!!!!

  85. 85
    Holly the Holistic haemeroid healer says:

    Says the bloke whose sold more tablets than Glaxo

  86. 86
    Pattercake says:

    It just cracks me up – like cracks in a nuc power station.

    Windmills are just so more more reliable and clearly have helped us over the drought and the threat of drought – as well as keeping fellow jobsworths busy preparing bullshitty bits of paper.

  87. 87
    hank the cat says:

    Reading an article about some girl getting obscene calls etc, she went to the Met they of course did nothing, so she went to these people, looks good to me.

    http://ambushcall.co.uk/

  88. 88
    Big Brother Corporation says:

    It wasn’t a difficult question and the answer is so obvious, so why was Patten so evasive?

    If he ever had any credibility, it’s shot to pieces now.

    It’s time for Dave to declare that he has full confidence in Chris.

  89. 89
    Max Clifford says:

    Is their a petition we can sign to end the telly tax and/or clear out Patten and the BBC management?

  90. 90
    Archer Karcher says:

    Err, step forward one David Cameron. Really says all you need to know about the pair of them.

  91. 91
    T. P. Fuller says:

    Gweedo and calorie-counting :-)

  92. 92
    The Tosser in No 10, waving a PPE degree says:

    It’s just so dashed unfair, – and me so superbly qualified to lead the UK into the EUSSR! How is it possible that common people and plebs doubt me?

    Anyway, my jolly chum Joules says there will be a landslide victory in 2015, but he didn’t say who by. Must try to remember to ask him.

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    It is just the impossible question reply.

    It means the Patten’s first knee jerk response was that the options given did not include the one that he would do. The ones given were; support him, condemn him or question him. Patten obviously wanted another and that is probably to ignore the issue.

    In his view it probably is a done deal that is pointless to go after. There are always others that are better placed to take action. Standard institution “greater good” thinking.

    However, Patten’s answer shows contempt for the public questions and he even targeted the questioner twice. This is a clear demonstration of the BBC attitude to anyone questioning their authority. First ignore all known problems (they are for someone else to deal with) and always attack the messenger by implying behaviour or accusing them. Why have these pointless trustees that do not hold the institution to account. As a trustee, the benefit is held for the public, not themselves.

  94. 94
    I Tin errant Harmorrhoid Trapper says:

    Only one answer to those clusters of grapes darlin, – smack ‘em with the family bible.

  95. 95
    hank the cat says:

    I see Time Magazine have named Barry O’Bummer as Person of the year again

  96. 96
    hank the cat says:

    Now that is good

  97. 97
    The Dead But Still Working Chairman says:

    Comrade Patten is an excellent Cadre and knows how we work under Developed Socialism. Any more of this and we will have to promote him to a senior sinecure in EUSSR. The stability of Cadres is everything, do think all this shit happens by magic? Only the tireless efforts of people like Comrade Patten keep the quangos, wank tanks, lobby sharks, non-exec ‘no one told me’ directorships, consultancy at (£4k a day) etc.. going.

  98. 98
    golli says:

    The good news is that coal is making a massive energy generation comeback especially in China where the lads don’t give a toss about global melting/freezing/erupting bollox, followed by Germany which now realises windpower is fantasy land.

  99. 99
    Nom Dom Nom 2 says:

    Comment of the day

  100. 100
    The Rabid Right says:

    Look, righties. The BBC has behaved disgracefully, and Thompson and Entwistle are cocks. But even if none of this had happened, you’ve had a vendetta against the BBC for a long time. You’ve never forgiven them for allowing that school teacher to question Mrs Thatcher over the Falklands. And you’ve never forgiven them for killing of Well ‘ard the dog in Eastenders.

  101. 101
    The Dead But Still Working Chairman says:

    Wrecker! We know where you live

  102. 102
    2 jags says:

    Billy Bunter physique.

  103. 103
    golli says:

    +20 … string the misery up!

  104. 104
    Guardian Reader from a Yurt in North Korea says:

    +1 Comrade

  105. 105
    The ent says:

    Look I have been completely exonerated by this honorable report.

  106. 106
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    What has always puzzled me, is why the Patten’s or Savile’s of this world, are never investigated and their many, many despicable attributes, never brought to wider public attention? Well until after their demise, that is.

  107. 107
  108. 108
    Privatise the BBC says:

    Chris Patten, some weeks ago defended the pay off saying that legal advice suggested that it would be cheaper than a constructive dismissal.
    Following much criticism, the BBC is today taking legal advice regarding drawing back some of the payment.

    Draw your own conclusions.

  109. 109
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    The Gun Lobby will be laughing their cocks off at the news that Barry has given Joe Biden the task of coming up with some meaningful laws to ban guns,if you remember Biden was the man who plaugerised Kinnock! how dumb can you get.

  110. 110
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    If the BBC was Santa Claus, they would give the best severance payments. The BBC probably the best Santa Claus ever.

  111. 111
    Its not just Osborne love says:

  112. 112
    The ent says:

    Look I keep trying to remind everyone, The report has completely exonerated me. Why is no one listening to me?

  113. 113
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    We couldnt get that lucky!

  114. 114
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    P aul Mckeever, the chairman of the Police Federation, has gone very quiet. I wonder why?

  115. 115
    Maqboul says:

    Who the fuck does he think he is? Sir Alex Ferguson or what?

  116. 116
    The Rabid Right says:

    I don’t like commies either. One day some of you will learn it’s possible to be a capitalist/ libertarian / anti-communist at the same time as not being racist, homophobic or lacking compassion.

  117. 117
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Pot calling the kettle black. Abbott you really are the pits.

  118. 118
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    But clearly Jenkins appetite for claret!

  119. 119
    The Dead But Still Working Chairman says:

    Time to drop the ‘green’ thing and get as many chavs down the mines as possible. What fool thought windmills could provide power for an industrial nation?

  120. 120
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Patten is an arsewipe, and not a fit and proper person, is my conclusion.

  121. 121
    Spaced out says:

    Has the world ended yet? I know this once great country is finished, thanks to Lairbour, so have the socialist ‘tards managed to finish off the rest of the world too?

  122. 122
    Stu says:

    The truly depressing thing is, absolutely nothing will change. The BBC will have inquiry after enquiry until it all goes away. Its been said many times before, but if I don’t like what Murdoch puts out I just don’t buy it so why should I pay for the left wing sanctimonious crap the BBC and their pedo presenters vomit forth each day? Then Aussies got rid of their parasitic state broadcaster by refusing to pay. Sounds like a fine idea but it would take a mass effort.

  123. 123
    Anonymous says:

    .
    it is all about witholding information.
    public organisations should have nothing to hide, from the public….at all levels and not just at the trustee level. BBC culture is about extreme secrecy. they don,t share info within the organisation. divide and rule and communist cells come to mind.

  124. 124
    Stu says:

    You would know you stupid bitch.

  125. 125
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    You mean for the likes of Blair Mandelson Robinson and your self

  126. 126
    The Dead But Still Working Chairman says:

    The right friends in the right places, no secret if you’re in the know. We rule you for our benefit it really is that simple.

  127. 127
    Socialism = Starvation says:

    The leading question was a tactical error, he would have been better challenging Patten to reconcile the statement of Mr Thompson with an undisputed fact from the report.

  128. 128
    Poinys of view ( abridged) says:

    Nice one!

  129. 129
    Your old mate Entwistle says:

    Where is everyone? I though Guido said it was today, 12 noon at The Lyceum pub on the Strand. The drinks are on me for the first 3 hours, courtesy of Auntie!
    I’ve been here 54 minutes and getting rat-arsed on my own.

  130. 130
    D-U-U-H-H-H says:

    Guido’s “legal” Christian name. He doesn’t want people using it.

  131. 131
    Lee Jasper says:

    You tell em my left wing honky friend. now can yu leave da room while me bone yur sista

  132. 132
    Homosexual BBC employee says:

    I hope this won’t stop my free supply at tax payers expense of Coke and rentboys.

  133. 133
    Oscar Wilde, posing as a "somdomite[!]", says:

    One time may be regarded as a misfortune; twice looks like carelessness.

  134. 134
    The Dead But Still Working Chairman says:

    How touching is the People’s faith in the Party Organs of Mass Communication! You think it matters what these ‘polls’ say? We rule you, we fleece you when we want and if you don’t behave then we’ll simply arrange for you to have a tragic accident. If really don’t like you we can plant all sorts of nasty stuff on your computer and then have you arrested as pervert.

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    why is there trouble at the organisations setup by royal charter and or run by loyalty to the crown,

    …bbc…..army…

    globalists would say that is fine….forget state banks…they are no good….lets put the whole lot into the world bank.

    so we have divine folks running distant organisations for whom we are helplessly meant to slog away for,
    charming,…..not,……sounds like when fuss is made things get worse.

  136. 136
    dick dastardardly mp says:

    When are you going to resign Mr Patten?

  137. 137
    Raving Loon says:

    As apposed to being run by a fat dumb wench.

  138. 138
    Ex-Voter says:

    He has not reasoned anything. Head in sand. Report done. Go on as usual. Why think.

    It completely goes over his head that actually what we all want is a strong leader to emerge that can take a stand for the future safety of our children. All he is saying is cover ups will be rewarded by payoffs.

    Just do something Mr. Pattern. Anything, except defend yourself. Imagine for once that Chris pattern is not important and is the servant and defender of the public. Just go into battle and place you life, as you know it, on the line.

  139. 139
    Homosexual BBC employee says:

    I once bang in another sodmites anus at 6.30am on Hampstead Heath Common.

  140. 140
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Chris Patten has a history of getting out of sticky situations, so I’m sure he’ll come out of this one unscathed.

    Perhaps that’s why he was given the job at the Beeb in the first place?

  141. 141
    Guardian Reader from a Yurt in North Korea says:

    Don’t bang your right on, metrosexual, hipster head on the way out then

  142. 142
    Strom Thurmond says:

    I hate blacks. Except when I got my black maid pregnant. Yeeeeeeehaaaaaw!

  143. 143
    Fatty Pang says:

    Ok I’ll go. Will you transfer the £2 million into my account or put a cheque in the post ?

  144. 144
    Enoch Powell says:

    I loved it up my chutney chuffer. Good thing the blue rinse brigade never found out while I was still alive.

  145. 145
    Sally Roberts, the mother of son Neon says:

    I just love being in the limelight and in front of the cameras!

  146. 146
    He who no longer posts says:

    In what way was the question leading? The Pollard review was commissioned by the BBC and Patten has made clear they accept entirely. Miles Goslett quoted factually from it and then added the appropriate part of Mark Thompson’s statement, with which Patten would have been completely familiar.

    Where is the embedded presupposition which is the hallmark of a leading question? I agree he would have been more sensible to ask Patten to reconcile those conflicting statements but the question is not of a Have you stopped beating your wife type as claimed by Patten.

  147. 147
    Voter in Bath 1992 says:

    +1

  148. 148
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    +1

    Communist Purpose Patten, will protect Communist Purpose comrade Thompson, at all times.
    Any who dare question these pricks are automatically deemed insufferable and not worthy of such giants valuable time.

    After all, comrade Patten has a plane to Washington to catch and very important people to talk with.
    Insolent journalist’s and their ilk, who dare ask relevant questions, are merely irritating insects and should be dealt with accordingly.

  149. 149
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Arrogant twat might be more apposite!

  150. 150
    Points of view ( abridged) says:

    She certainly likes to glam up for her appearance in front of the camera court.

    It’s truly heart breaking.

  151. 151
    Anonymous says:

    He was given 3 options. That is what he objected to.

    Filing report in the bin, and getting the next payout, was not one of the options.

  152. 152
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    If I were to set up an organisation that took the publics money, spent it on what I wanted, regulated it how I wanted, employed who I wanted, made massive severance payments as I saw fit, payed an employee a years salary for 54 days incompetent work, had a paedophile ring within the organisation for many years,
    kept incompetent people, slandered people and ruined their reputations.
    How long would my organisation last?

  153. 153
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Come on mod, this a good comment. You are a wanker of the highest calibre.

  154. 154
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    I thought it was J K Rowling at first.

  155. 155
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Strange that.

  156. 156
    He who no longer posts says:

    Agree. Providing the available answers that Patten may give is a presupposition. I was too focussed on the factual part of the question to have noticed that. Thanks.

  157. 157
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    “What fool thought windmills”

    I don’t think any of those who voted for the Climate Change Act, except for a fringe group of flat earth, let’s go back to the pre-industrial era nutters, thought it was a good idea.

    Most did not have the faintest idea what was actually involved and what the loony greens were really on about.
    The rest just saw the money the likes of Gore were coining in and slipped into the inviting green tide, hoping to make their fortunes.

  158. 158
    The ent says:

    Will someone please listen to me, The report has completely exonerated me. I should be paid more as I was wrongfully honorably discharged.

  159. 159
    Johnny says says:

    “much of the BBC pension fund invested in “Green” stocks”

    This is difficult to determine. Their top 100 investments are in bog standard pensiony type investments like Shell, Apple, tobacco firms, etc. But there is a disclaimer at the bottom that says the list excludes pooled funds.

    What is certain the BBC pension fund is a member (and at one time and possibly still the BBC head of pensions was the director) of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. This group lobbies governments and international bodies for governments to effectively fix investment markets in the favour of green investments. They want taxpayer guaranteed returns on the eco-shit they *would like* to invest in.

  160. 160
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Of course not, snnnnnnort, you will still be able to widen the circle of you rentboys.

  161. 161
    The savant10.4 highway patrol says:

    HE has already occupied an executive sinecure in th. eussr

    He was a fucking vice president for god s sake

    Where d you think he. Llearnt to whirl like a dervish at not answering questiions …

  162. 162
    Gawd 'elp this country becoming fascist Dave Cee says:

    Come on all – Patten did a fine job in Hong Kong. But then he came back to live in the UK, and has had to. “oh gawd”. I am sure he said them, to cope with the brit tory party again.

    Anyway, a vid for Patten, and I know he will like this, middle ground of no mans land, playing footie – SO I like the bloke.

    And no Patten, don’t friend me – that is as far it goes, boyo. Go and suck some other labourite cock.

  163. 163
    Gawd 'elp this country becoming fascist Dave Cee says:

    song for patten, he did a fine job there,

  164. 164
    Kaufmann (Miss ) says:

    “The mosts trusted news sevice in the world” ? False accusations of kiddie fiddling, photos of a Syrian murder attributed to Gaza, and that is only in the past couple of weeks.

  165. 165
    Chris Patten wife beater says:

    That explains why he appears on television using his real name and showing his jowly mug

  166. 166
    Bill says:

    you never know, i think this one has the possibility of being a humdinger !!.

    The police fed are going to have to back peddle so fast on this one !!!

  167. 167
    Fatty Pang and His Four Pensions says:

    Hold on George be there in a mo. Sorting out a spot of bother on Guido’s blog. Line me up a dozen oysters and bottle of Chablis

  168. 168
    Bollocks to Getting a Pseudonym says:

    The plural of ‘party’ is ‘parties’. I blame the socialists who’ve been in charge of ejukashen for the last few decades.

  169. 169
    Bill says:

    he knows that he has been found out and pushed his luck on this one instead of asking the officers concerned what happened and not what was reported in thier notebooks !!

  170. 170
    Bill says:

    giving the poor son a name like neon, the poor child will be bullied for life.

  171. 171
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    Well said Stu,the BBC is long past its sell by date a monolithic organisation thats been out of control for decades,a pity Thather didnt last another ten years she would have got rid.

  172. 172
    its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    THose were the days Strom do you remember Old Bilbo?

  173. 173
    Smig says:

    I stopped paying TV Tax three years ago.

    I collect the warning letters from TV Licencing and draw on them with crayons.

  174. 174
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Thank you Mr Online grammar and spelling enforcement officer. I shall now do a 1000 lines and write out the offending word. Please pretty please don’t send me on a diversity course – I don’t want to end up like one of those l-o-b-o-t-o-m-i-s-e-d ‘leadership’ moron robots from Common Purpose.

  175. 175
    Smig says:

    He is. These days it is called Blue Labour.

  176. 176
    Anonymous says:

    all we want is a strong leader….
    .
    all we want is a wise leader. is there a leader out there who wants to be open. it,s simply not possible. so we have to rely on the press. we have to rely on the net. is it wise to censor them? they are not perfect, but then better to know something then nowt… the psychological wellbeing of the masses depend on it.

  177. 177
    Smig says:

    Sally The Alley was wondering where her razor had disappeared to…

  178. 178
    Ra -- the only useful god says:

    A Mayan sacrifice is required to ensure the world does not end. Hang Fatty Pang.

  179. 179
    Smig says:

    Dear Capita,

    Your “implied right” to access my property has been withdrawn.

    Get off my land.

    Jethro! Go get my gun.

  180. 180
    Blowing Whistles says:

    That’s an old trick that plod (and complict friends) are well known to have employed in the past.

    We’ll seize your computer and go on a large fishing expedition … {They tried and failed on that one – a couple of years back – I beat the rozzers.

  181. 181
    Anonymous says:

    space bred or no space bred…
    we should forget….icke is waste of space. the lizard is deep in our genes.

  182. 182
    Anonymous says:

    What we want is wise advisers, and strong leaders. We obviously have neither. All we have is the protected.

    If we could spend more time fighting progress than fighting our leaders it would help.

  183. 183

    I told you that Apple was poisonous.

  184. 184
    Jumbo says:

    Why is F*c*book preventing me from posting this link as having been predetermined as unlawful or some such guff?

    http://order-order.com/2012/12/20/watch-patten-crack-up-over-mark-thompson/

  185. 185
    Anonymous says:

    it seems that freedom of the press is what matters … so BBC is a non entity except we pay for it … but then we pay for the armed forces and the defence budget too and that is a waste, do we not have enough nuclear weapons as it is?
    .
    underlying is a one world state agenda.
    the world of control, manipulation and ill health across the globe. standardised.

  186. 186
    Anonymous says:

    Please let it be Dolly Draper.

  187. 187
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Here’s a little thing to mull over:

    Leveson delivered a report. Pollard delivered a report.

    Neither of them are published as “A Ruling” or “A Judgment” in law … ?

    Legal trickery anybody?

  188. 188
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    Hopefully he will have a bright future.

  189. 189
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    you forgot profit.

  190. 190
    Operation Crossbow says:

    Yes

  191. 191
    Blowing Whistles says:

    He [Chrissy P] couldn’t run a bath let alone the BBC.

  192. 192
    Cicero says:

    Presumably, then, the fact that Deutsche Bank’s Frankfurt HQ was raided a few days ago by 500 German authorities re allegations of carbon trading fraud must be causing them a few sleepless nights?

  193. 193
    Its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    Its a sign of the times!

  194. 194
    Its even bleaker in sunderland this xmas with only one food bank says:

    Here in Bleakland the popular names are Sioux ,Cheyanne and Dakota

  195. 195
    He who no longer posts says:

    That is because they are a report, more akin to Counsel’s Advice or Legal Opinion, I would suggest. They arise because some person or body had requested them rather than any action in law. Nobody is bound by what they say until a law is drawn up by parliament or other authority which may include all or part of the recommendations.

  196. 196
    Earl of Croydon says:

    As Adoplh Hitler was also once named their Person of the Year it really oughtnt carry much prestige.

  197. 197
    Anonymous says:

    strong leaders like wars.

    somewhere it is said that the chinese are not up for it… so let,s see which way the world tips.

  198. 198
    Anonymous says:

    care to advise max clifford then?
    good rates.

  199. 199
    dtn says:

    Look here Coker I never touched your jam. It was pretty rotten jam anyway. Haven’t got any more have you?

  200. 200
    Cicero says:

    Remarkable that Patten can keep parroting that he has no reason to disbelieve Thompson’s version of events, when he has just been provided with the evidence for doing exactly that.

    This rules out the ‘honourable but bumbling old duffer’ or ‘incipient dementia’ excuses and points more towards the ‘deliberate misinformation’ ploy.

  201. 201
    Bob Flowerdew says:

    +1

  202. 202
    Bob Flowerdew says:

    +3

  203. 203
    Socialism = starvation says:

    ‘Crack’ ? Might think it was an offer of sale? US drug laws are very harsh.

  204. 204
    copper-bottomed says:

    and does he inhabit a pear tree?

  205. 205
    Anonymous says:

    one world state is one world ownership… we are travelling back in time… in terms of regional ownership… the agenda of today seems to be to go beyond the past …. centralise the whole lot. one world one state.
    .
    and yes ownership of global assets and what the assets produce, profit. who are the global owners, the oligarchs and who do they bow down to….both the monarch and the new order. It may be that china is not playing ball or even for that matter russia. but then there is always syria to get the keep em busy ball rolling.

  206. 206
    Anonymous says:

    leveson saw his report as a judgement and framed it so when he stated that he is the judge and the judge is not be questioned and hence he took no questions on his report.

  207. 207
    copper-bottomed says:

    is being plaugerised painful?

  208. 208
    copper-bottomed says:

    s’ok if you spell ‘pawl’.

  209. 209
    copper-bottomed says:

    Oh? So you have different sort of injuns up that way then?

  210. 210
    copper-bottomed says:

    Your error was to mis-spell p*edo

  211. 211
    They Don't Like it Up'em says:

    Hey leave him alone! If that feker resigns, it’ll cost us millions!

  212. 212
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    You spend your benefits on heating and eating and the money you earn on the side on fags and booze. That’s what they do up here.

  213. 213
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    And Binns, Joplings and T J Hughes might still be open!

  214. 214
    Blowing Whistles says:

    He’s about as trustworthy as his legal namesakes …….. Chance.

  215. 215
    Don Quick says:

    I Like Windmills

  216. 216
    Truthteller says:

    I’ll bet my left nut on it.

  217. 217
    Blowing Whistles says:

    There are still to many ‘smoke ‘n mirrors’ issues surrounding the whole Leveson whitewash – and as for the Common Perps well what is it about a government this government or the last governmnet when they proclaim to be whiter than white / open and transparent etc etc …

    I’m just calling them all shysters, liars, conmen, sub-intellectuals … You know – Politicians. As for the Westminster press pedo pack well … there’s another subject.

  218. 218
    MartinW says:

    Chris Patten really is a piece of work. It was an appalling decision of Cameron’s to appoint him to the Trust – as many of us said at the time.

  219. 219
    Gloop says:

    More than one way of skinning a Pat.

  220. 220
    Gloop says:

    Peddle? What are they selling ?

  221. 221
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Copy it to the RSPCA

  222. 222
    Truthteller says:

  223. 223
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    That’s a gas!

  224. 224
    ah! monika's moniker is a gonner says:

    Cancell your TV license today. The World Ends tomorrow. So they won’t need the dosh.

  225. 225
    TONY BEN'S WILL says:

    When lord kcal pine heard that patten had been voted out he is reported to have said ” another Tory gain” puts P atten,s protection of news night into perspective

  226. 226
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Why does he so remind me of Jabba the Hutt

  227. 227
    Quite Tory says:

    Is Patten nut the wosrt example of his kind in Britain. There are many contender but he seems to be proving what a complete arse he is.

  228. 228
    Go get 'em Guidio says:

    We need the windmills if only to keep afloat

  229. 229
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Do be careful – after all … Chris Huhne (By Jan 14th) might get all Margaret Moran style mentally fcuked up in his head; if he hears that all this AGW CC stuff has been a big fat lie ….

    What’s the bets he tries some new delaying tactic very shortly?

  230. 230
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Auntie – has withheld info pertaining to the marxist accountant firm Mazars being indicted for fraud … and guesssss what – were the the wigs involved marxist leaning mongs too and guess what – didn’t it all happen during the reign (marxist) terror [1997 -2010] when not a copper [were they politicised?] acted according to the law?

  231. 231
    Iron Maiden Merkel. says:

    I am also using millions of tonnes of coal to make up for my transition from nuclear.
    This could be my worst decision ever.

  232. 232
    Dame Suzy Leather - queen of the quango says:

    I am just as good as you on quangos’, but more hidden and definately better looking.

  233. 233
    Eskimo Nell says:

    Not so quiet now as McKeever is blaming the structure of the Confederation in 43 sub sectors who have autonomy and he cannot control them.
    So he should change the structure and policies etc etc and not hide behind a structure as the BBC are trying to do.
    As for Patten he should be got rid of straight away together with Helen Boaden.

  234. 234
    Hadrian (Emp.) says:

    Oh yes I have.

  235. 235
    Anonymous says:

    a wonder is …marx=communism=failure of communism.

    how come marxist organisations exist?
    mazars is the 9th largest accountacy firm by fee income…so their website states. zar or czar?

    the world is mysterious.

  236. 236
    Agnes Saladin says:

    the BBC is full of wankers

  237. 237
    TONY BEN'S WILL says:

    Big payouts for those leaving…….patten’s turn next….get it!

  238. 238
    Maxwell's Silver Hammer says:

    To be fair, it’s a tragically difficult descision: higher chance of survival but higher chance of mental impairment.

    Mind you, not sure about naming one’s children after noble gases.

  239. 239
    More rubbish talked about WW1 than ... says:

    Well don’t repeat all the old tired cliches then. British generals in the Great War: some very good, some poor, most reasonably competent – same as WW2, same as today.

  240. 240
    Wodda Fugga says:

    Patten is also a governor of St Benedict’s School which, for the past few years, seems to have been a greater source of child abuse revelations than Savile.

    What did the great Pango Patten do to help the many child abuse victims from this school during his governorship?

    Patten is a greedy, toady, jobsworth. Shame on him.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2057875/Predators-Abbey-As-Vatican-launches-child-abuse-investigation-Britain-victim-reveals-horrors-cover-up.html#

    http://scepticalthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/failing-to-report-abuse.html

  241. 241
    Tom Catesby says:

    Fatty must go and the rest of the BBC ‘trustees’. Root and branch!

  242. 242
    Editor says:

    Reblogged this on Letter to America and commented:
    Why are the Americans collecting Britains journalistic rubbish?


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