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…


  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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 43
          Swiss Bob says:

          Watch the useless windmills chopping bats.

        • 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
          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.

          • 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?

          • 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.

          • 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?

          • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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?

      • 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.

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          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.

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          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.

          • 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.

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        Bob Flowerdew says:


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      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

      • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

  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. 5
    Ja d ed J ea n says:

    The Emperor has no clothes!

  5. 7
    Taxpayer001 says:

    It’s Peter Mannion in the flesh

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

  6. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  7. 10
    Dan Saffend says:

    What has wife-beating got to do with it?

    • 27
      Lee Chapman says:

      His trivialisation of wife beating was rather telling!

    • 42
      Leftie Spin Machine says:

      Freudian slip ?

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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?

          • 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.

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    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

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

    • 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?

    • 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.

  9. 12
    Huhne Marooned says:

    Chris Huhne’s constituency goes under water.

  10. 13
    Rob says:

    Maybe it was just before lunch and he was getting tetchy

  11. 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.

  12. 19
    RedLorry says:

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

  13. 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.

  14. 22
    wiliam says:

    The voters in Bath in 1992 are to be congratulated.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

    • 143
      Fatty Pang says:

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

  17. 25
    Who says:

    The BBC is in a mess.

    Who appointed the people who’ve put in there?

  18. 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%.

    • 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!

      • 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.

        • 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.

  19. 28
    Eric Leach says:

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

    He has to go.

    • 30
      Operation Crossbow says:

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

    • 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.

  20. 29
    Operation Crossbow says:

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

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

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

      • 190
        Operation Crossbow says:


        • 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.

    • 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?

      • 76
        Gold Watch says:

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

        • 135
          Anonymous says:

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


          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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.”

  23. 33
    Chris Patten wife beater says:

    Never trust anybody called Chris

  24. 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.

  25. 39
    Sally Bercow says:

    The lad’s certainly got some spunk!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 44
    Hong Kong Phooey says:


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    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.

  30. 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.

    • 65
      Can't use me old moniker says:

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

    • 72
      Conspiracy Watch says:

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

    • 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.

  31. 52
    As it happens says:


    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.

  32. 55
    Lord Patten of Barnes says:

    What is the Oxford Russian Fund?

  33. 57
    Fatty Pang says:

    Look what’s £450k between friends?

  34. 59
    George Entwistle says:

    What’s the BBC? Never heard of it.

    • 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?

  35. 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.

    • 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.”

  38. 65
    Jimmy says:

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

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

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

      • 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.

  39. 67
    David Camoron says:

    “Raising more money for the rich”

  40. 68
    Blowing Whistles says:

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

  41. 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.

  42. 71

    Dodgy Patten should quit BBC

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

    • 179
      Smig says:

      Dear Capita,

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

      Get off my land.

      Jethro! Go get my gun.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 95
    hank the cat says:

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

    • 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.

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

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

    • 196
      Earl of Croydon says:

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

  50. 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.

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

      +1 Comrade

      • 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.

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

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

          • Enoch Powell says:

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

    • 131
      Lee Jasper says:

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

      • 142
        Strom Thurmond says:

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

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

          THose were the days Strom do you remember Old Bilbo?

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    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.

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

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

      • 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.

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

          you forgot profit.

        • 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 111
    Its not just Osborne love says:
  55. 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?

    • 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 !!

  56. 115
    Maqboul says:

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

  57. 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.

    • 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.

  58. 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.

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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?

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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.

  59. 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.

    • 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

  60. 130
    D-U-U-H-H-H says:

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

  61. 132
    Homosexual BBC employee says:

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

    • 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.

  62. 136
    dick dastardardly mp says:

    When are you going to resign Mr Patten?

  63. 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?

  64. 145
    Sally Roberts, the mother of son Neon says:

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

  65. 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?

  66. 178
    Ra -- the only useful god says:

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

  67. 184
    Jumbo says:

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

    • 203
      Socialism = starvation says:

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

  68. 199
    dtn says:

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

  69. 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.

  70. 211
    They Don't Like it Up'em says:

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

  71. 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.

  72. 222
    Truthteller says:

    • 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.

  73. 226
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Why does he so remind me of Jabba the Hutt

  74. 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.

  75. 228
    Go get 'em Guidio says:

    We need the windmills if only to keep afloat

  76. 236
    Agnes Saladin says:

    the BBC is full of wankers

  77. 237
    TONY BEN'S WILL says:

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

  78. 241
    Tom Catesby says:

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

  79. 242
    Editor says:

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

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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