January 31st, 2013

BBC Forget Wonk-Shop Vested Interests…Again

Just what is it with the BBC and forgetting to mention lefty vested interests? They’ve gone big this morning on a report claiming that millions of low-income households face a council tax rise. Just a few things they forgot to mention: The report is written by one Matthew Pennycock, funnily enough a Labour councillor in Greenwich. Not only that, Pennycock was formerly a parliamentary assistant to Labour foghorn Karen Buck. His past life is there for all to see on the pinko wonkshop’s website. For some reason the BBC omitted to mention that to their viewers…


  1. 1

    Pennycock. What are we supposed to make of that?


  2. 3
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Their office is in Savile Row: lefties do look after themselves well, don’t they?


  3. 4
    Jimmy says:

    Obviously I understand your distress at any criticism of our wonderful government, but it’s not really a “claim” though is it?


    • 28

      We know you would not want any cover up.


    • 55
      T'Old Fella says:

      Don’t you think Jimmy about all those companies that pay no or very little council tax for 10 years and then move on, shouldn’t pay all that unpaid council tax if they stay they keep it


    • 103
      SpAd says:

      What’s usually pissing the Labour Party off when they start wailing “think of the children” is the suggestion that the public sector might try and be a little less useless. That’s exactly what’s happening here.

      I don’t doubt that the same think tank is right behind the idea of putting 20p tax on every can of Pepsi, per-unit pricing of alcohol and increases in fuel duty.

      I guess some methods of “hitting the poorest hardest” are perfectly acceptable.


  4. 5
    QT says:

    QT fans! (I’m speaking to all three of you!). Tonight’s Questionm Time panel are: Baroness “vegetarian halal lamb risotto” Warsi, Alan “Postie” Johnson, comedian Dom “Trigger Happy TV” Joly, Zoe “Guardianista” Williams and libertarian writer James “Speccie” Delingpole.


    • 13
      I love my champagne socialist lifestyle! says:

      and the whole of the audience has been chosen, carefully, from the bi partisan readers of the Daily Mirror and the open minded members of the electorate in the north.


      • 158
        Same As It Ever Was says:

        So the rest of the British press are well known for their love of fair reporting and open debate?


    • 21
      Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:


      “””libertarian writer James “Speccie” Delingpole.””””

      errrr surely you mean 100% covert Tory James DodgyPoll.

      Mr Delingpole is that bloke who stood in the Corby by election claiming to be an independant Anti Wind Farm candidate…but it was revealed he was actually in cahoots with Tory HQ and had to withdraw from the election….FACT


    • 39
      Billericay Dickie says:

      It’s lucky that there are five on the panel.

      Their combined IQ just creeps into double figures.


    • 65
      A Bored Viewer says:

      How incredibly dull. I want to see a panel of five people who have never been on QT at all before.


    • 97
      Blind Pugh says:

      Baroness Warsi.

      Whatta babe.


    • 111
      Thank God for O-O and iPlayer says:

      Benefits of the digital age:

      1) Someone here reminded me about QT tonight. Thank you.
      2) Same person let me know who was on. Thank you.
      3) I can now do something more constructive this evening than waste my time watching QT.
      4) No doubt, can read some honest precis cum review of QT on O-O later tonight, or tomorrow.
      5) If something interesting is mentioned, tomorrow can look up QT on iPlayer and skip to the important bit. Of course, some wag may put together essentially edited highlights, upload to uTube and possibly post here as well.



      • 148
        ELA says:

        Varsi on about Clegg should do the best for his family, and his and Her family should not be brought into politics.
        Only one problem in your case who invited an un elected cow like you to tell us what is right and wrong.
        oh of course I forgot, Cameron and his Scottish master race did.


    • 113
      Biased says:

      It’s going to be a marvellous kick a Tory night – when isn’t it! :)
      Remember comrades, the coaches will pick you up at the locations agreed by the National Committee on behalf of the People’s Society of Hard Working Socialist Families Co-operative Collective.

      Your Labour Party membership card will need to be produced as well as photo-ID before admittance will be allowed as we don’t want another terrible incident like the one in Lincoln now do we.

      Questions will be found under your seat and could we all please TRY and remember not to look like a social worker or student – this really gives the game away to those viewers that haven’t caught on yet.
      Up the workers/benefits claimants!


    • 152
      Archie says:

      Spot the lefty!


  5. 7
    Lady Mangledbum says:

    I pay much, much more for mine.

    But I’m worth it!


  6. 8

    I have been trying for ages and in many directions to find out how much money the BBC is receiving in grants and loans form the European Union and over what period of time?

    Can any one assist?

    If it’s not too much , then I’d like to give them some money form my nice gold plated EU pension.


  7. 10
    Ugh says:

    Karen Buck used to be my MP when I lived NW London. Hideous troll.


  8. 14
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    We are still trying to shake off the image that we lie and are infested with p3do’s and common purposites.

    This blog post we strongly condemn as being overtly factual.


  9. 15
    Back@woodsman says:

    As always when the biased-bbc are mentioned, a reminder, please don’t pay the licence fee. Starve the fuckers out of existance, as the Australians did with their shite public service broadcaster.


    • 24
      Caligula says:

      I agree.

      Do not pay. I haven’t paid for over a year and all they do is send out repeated letters saying they are opening an investigation or authorising a visit. It’s all utter BS and they never come so you don’t even have to offer them a custard cream.


      • 54
        hank the cat says:

        One came to my door waving ID card, very politly told him to go and take a flying phuck at a rolling doughnut, still getting letters, binning them


        • 68
          Casual Observer says:

          Sounds like the court costs are getting prohibitive if they haven’t been back or sent a summons ;-)


      • 82
        HMG chasing non payers says:

        Yes we have your names, the real ones and we will be contacting you shortly, we have the writs made out, non payment will result bankruptcy proceedings being then against you, as you are a persistant non payer.


        • 124
          The doggy in the window says:

          Silly bugger. Mustn’t use the ‘b’ word. You would know that if you weren’t new here.


  10. 16

    I’m an MP and my union leader, who brings so much humility and humbleness to the job of speaker, says that I should demand a cost of living increase cos I can’t manage.

    Who says being a politician has nothing to do with money. It’s all about putting something back into society isn’t it and taking care of the less well off?


  11. 17
    Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

    The Chairman at BBC is a Tory, Mr Chris Patten …which sort of makes your point…pointless


    • 19
      Moussa Koussa Mark 5 says:

      …furthermore “””claiming that millions of low-income households face a council tax rise”””

      Its not a claim…its a fact !!!!….again Guido your point is pointless


      • 29
        Sir William says:

        Doesn’t Council Tax usually go up a bit? Why is this a Story?


      • 51
        Pawn Sandwich says:

        The whole country faced a council tax ride under Labour. Over their 13 year tenure mine went up over 200%.


      • 56
        hank the cat says:

        You do not get alot of things right do you? patten is not the chairman of the BBC which sort of makes your point pointless


    • 44
      Hargaret Modge, Labour MP and Hypocritical serial long term aggressive Tax Avoider + expenses thief says:

      Patten is not a Tory none of the Tory party are these days. He’s a Blue Limp Dem like Ken Clark and Camoron. Farage is the only Tory left standing.


      • 105
        HMG chasing non payers says:

        Trouble Farage is starting to look like the recruit at passing out parade, the RSM screams, “BY THE LEFT, QUICK MARCH” and all the squaddies left foot forward march on. Nigel Farage does nothing by the left so leads with his right foot and his mother gazes proudly on and says, “Everyone is out step except Nigel”


      • 136
        Con Artists says:

        Agreed, the current bunch of troughers from the Cons have got their greedy snouts so far up the EU’s jacksie its a disgrace.

        Spending billions on foreign aid, billions on the EU, billions on their own gold plated pensions, billions on benefits and healthcare for legal and illegal immigrannts.

        Its a fricking disgrace.

        And at the same time sending our army to fight useless wars in unprotected land rovers, sending our elderly to die on Liverpool care pathway, letting big business siphon its profits offshore, do cozy tax deals with Goldman… Let any fcuker into the country, take hardworking staff to court for wearing a Christian cross, pay tens of millions in legal aid to Muslim terrorists…

        This country is stark fcuking crazy….

        Its got to change or we are doomed.

        The only party offering any common sense and alternative to the above is the UK Independence Party.

        Nigel Farage is the only one.

        Shame on the house of lords and the queen for letting this country get into this state.


  12. 18
    Caligula says:

    I wish I had to pay £255 a year council tax!


  13. 20
    Sir William says:

    Doesn’t Council Tax go up a bit most years?


  14. 25
    Curious point on Government cuts says:

    Council tax benefit was a very poor benefit to introduce in the first place.

    It enabled back door implementation of poll tax of sorts by enabling council tax relief for those out of work to be abolished. The only distinction is that council tax is still levied against properties.

    As many local authorities are beginning to realize though, with this benefit gone and many put in a position of not being able to pay, the cost of pursuing the monies owed will outweigh the amount of revenue they ever hope to recover from the debtors.

    So, it will be interesting to see in the current economic climate how exactly this plays out. Local authorities should of course start cutting now, and the cuts will need to be deepest in the Labour wards. Catch-22 for Labour. :-)


    • 129
      Labour Councils supported by BBC. says:

      Its very simple we will ask poor people to pay council tax and then blame the government for this act. This will also outrage wealthier people who will punish the government by voting Labour at the next election.
      Any economic benefit from this act will go toward councillor (labour) expenses into overseas research etc. Simples.


  15. 31
    Old hedonist says:

    Also note Chief Exec. Gavin Kelly was a member of Tony Blair’s Policy Unit (so Kelly’s bio says) and Director of Resources at the Fabian Society


  16. 33
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Boycott the TV Tax.

    Starve the beast.

    I feel so much better for doing so.

    Write to the BBC gestapo TV Licensing.

    Remove their “implied right of access” to your property.

    Return all correspondence to them with “NCRTS” written on it.

    Job done.

    The only way we will stop the pro EU, pro Labour BBC bias is to remove their funding.


    • 38
      Hargaret Modge, Labour MP and Hypocritical serial long term aggressive Tax Avoider + expenses thief says:

      NCRTS – No Contract Return to Sender…right?


    • 46
      Licence Refuser says:

      Sorry Sandra, wrong approach. If you write to them or communicate in any way, they will target you. Total silence and non communication is the sensible approach.


      • 72
        BBC Focus Group says:

        Would you be more inclined to pay if we renamed it the ‘Telly Tax’ with some happy cartoons ‘boingy music’ and the threat of excessive court action in the event of non payment ?


      • 131
        Biased BBC listener says:

        Not true as they are also a victim of their own electronic systems even when you prove you have not had a TV for over ten years.
        So the letters and threats keep coming your way, and the only thing to do is make a nice file of them so that on the day they take you to court (if ever) you will show the court the terrorist tactics of the bbc as well as the proof you answered their request many years ago, and possibly (as I did) have a visit and bingo no TV.
        Also it is our money they are spending on this stupid process so they just do not care.


        • 132
          Biased BBC listener says:

          PS. Also make sure when and if you go to court it is publicized – twitter and facebook at least.


      • 145
        EdButLookBalls says:

        Address it as from ‘The Squatter Occupier’, surely you would be classed as a Beeboid Kindred Spirit!!


  17. 35
    Hargaret Modge, Labour MP and Hypocritical serial long term aggressive Tax Avoider + expenses thief says:

    For the BBC to forget once is forgivable. Twice smacks of carelessness but this is the umpteenth. There’s an obvious agenda.

    Now I’m a moderate I only want the BBC destroyed, the bits ground into dust loaded into a rocket and fired into the heart of the Sun or a neighbouring celestial body.
    The Ground where it stood salted so nothing will grow there in a thousand years. Like I said…a moderate.

    Incidentally the Blair Broadcasting Centre is equally guilty of describing murdering slammic barstards as ‘Milly Tants’. Cute isn’t it.

    You get more truth from the Iranians or Pravda than the BBC these days. Thats how far they have fallen.


    • 107
      Gonk III says:

      I very much like and admire your ‘salted ground’ point.
      Reasonable and constructive criticism always well received.


    • 116
      Axe the telly tax II says:

      Hear hear!
      I for one would be more than happy to see a bloody great hole in the ozone layer appear if it meant the Biased BBC were to be sent in to the deepest corner of some other poor sod’s Galaxy.
      Thank you.


  18. 36
    Just Asking says:

    Why is my council tax here in the UK over £1,500 a year, and for that I get my bins emptied every two weeks. But my house in Spain has a council tax of 130 euro and for that I get my bins emptied every day ?


  19. 37
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘Labour think-tank promotes opinions of Labour think-tank’ is not too surprising: what stands out more is the ‘Analysis’ box down the side, from the Beeb’s own political reporter, which tells us what to think about the article.

    I would probably actually agree with most of their arguments – the gov’t is dumping on the poor, while making councils take the flak – but the concealed partisanship is a disgrace.


  20. 48
    Mornington Crescent says:

    They’ve just been at it again on WATO. Not sure if it was the same chap (can’t remember his name) but will listen again when it comes online.


  21. 52
    Correct Analysis says:

    Government is correcting another mistake from the previous administration.

    Council Tax benefit was a shameful way to distort the budgets of local authorities by providing centralized funding via the benefits system.

    This shameful stand-down from the initial central government funding, also put through by the previous administration, will hurt the poorest most and lead to reductions in services.

    This is a text book example why delaying the inevitable is a bad idea, and how Labour uses the benefits system to disguise its otherwise nefarious political objectives. (Their original move targeted Tory councils negatively first.)


  22. 63
    But Lee won't say anything about the muzee patrols says:


  23. 64
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    Please don’t vote UKIP.


  24. 66
    Who says the BBC is biased says:

    voiceforchildren ‏@TheVoiceJersey
    Discredited & disgraced #BBC were leaked this document 1 year 5 months & 8 days ago yet they keep it buried. http://voiceforchildren.blogspot.com/2012/08/stuart-syvret-rule-of-law-and-bbc.html


    • 85
      The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

      After Savile, who we covered up for about 50 odd years even after his death, what do you really expect ?

      And do you really think all the skeletons are out yet ?

      Please pay the license fee. Vote BBC.


      • 98
        Anonymous says:

        I really think it’s time you started calling it a ‘compulsory subscription fee’. It’s not really a licence at all.


        • 106
          The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

          We did consider entertainment tax, but our lawyers cautioned against willful misrepresentation.


  25. 73
    Weight Watchers says:

    I don’t know about you, but I reckon pound for pound Eric Pickles provides the best value.


  26. 74
    Who says the BBC is biased says:

    Large chunks of bias found in the BBC canteen buggers.


  27. 76
    Biff says:

    Pennycock looks like a complete stiff with a cucumber up his backside.


  28. 79
    BBC; we pay council tax too says:

    Well not exactly….you do.


  29. 80
    Spot. The Odd Man Out says:


  30. 86
    Caligula says:

    Now then, now then, how’s about not being so nasty to Uncle Sir Jim’ll’s very own BeeBeeCeeeee!


  31. 91
    Dino says:

    Why the long face?


  32. 94
    Lionel Bighampton says:

    The constant unquestioned use of reports and press statements from any old obscure think tank/lobby group/vested interest (as long as critical of the Tories)on BBC and elsewhere is rife and is a scandal. Is every editor and journalist in the UK a closet lefty-or are they just incredibly lazy?


    • 101
      Anonymous says:

      They’ve all been incredibly lazy since the 1980s when firms and groups massively increased their ‘press releases’ as a way of getting free publicity.


  33. 130
    VERITAS says:

    What else would you expect from the BBC the sooner we end the licence fee the better,shit programming most of the time and an outlet for the left.Subscripton would sort it out and quckly.


  34. 135
    Councillor Denis Loland says:

    Mr 1dCook is actually one of the better Labour councillors in Greenwich (not that hard) and a rather pleasant and intelligent young man. May be worth looking at what he’s got to say.


  35. 137
    Civil Servant says:

    They’ve got form on this. They never mentioned that the TPA and Migration Watch are funded by Tory donors, for example. On the other hand, this is what the BBC report actually said:

    “Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One that the author of the report was an adviser to the Labour Party and therefore viewed the issue “through a particular lens”.”

    The truth’s never stopped you spouting bullshit, though, has it?


  36. 139
    Argos says:

    “Just what is it with the BBC and forgetting to mention lefty vested interests ?”

    Because the BBC is itself a lefty vested interest.

    As an unnecessary public sector organization, the BBC has a vested interest in promoting ever-increasing public spending, and has no knowledge or grasp of where the money for that expenditure comes from, or how it is earned in the real world. The rest of the BBC’s outlook is just the usual lefty package. Or, as Karl Marx would put it, economics is the basis and all else is superstructure.

    The only solution to this is to abolish the TV Licence Fee. The next Conservative majority government — if one ever comes about, and the BBC will do their best to ensure that it never does — should enact that on its first day in office. In the meantime, stop paying.


  37. 140

    I’ve been trying to get this through to someone who I know won’t be affected. No go if It’s said often enough on every BBC outlet from dawn to dusk its hard to shift. After all the BBC being the official opposition now do the anti wicked Tory cuts clips first then go to hapless minister and give them a teeny slot to rebut.
    Enjoyed you at Leveson. Does Mr undergarments think the audience were unaware of his gayness/churchiness. The man’s obsessed.


  38. 141
    keredybretsa says:

    Make a penny, spend two that’s a cock up.


  39. 142
    The BBC says:

    Silly boy Guido, we only mention the provenance when a neo-con, fascist right wing think-tank publishes something we don’t like, even then it is only mentioned to dismiss the report as a complete travesty and elitist/racist/sexist/homophobic or just plain conservative. And you can’t stop us, because we know we’re right, about everything!


  40. 143
    Tim Williamson says:

    Let’s not kid ourselves. The BBC DIDN’T simply forget to indicate the allegiances of the report-writer, or the “independent” think tank. They were, as ever, totally complicit in this deceit. After all, why not? Institutionally and culturally, they are on the same side. The BBC is, after all, a taxpayer-funded, statist, left-wing quango.


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  42. 149
    Lord Flashman says:

    So the story is some some lefty hack wrote an article, rather than pregnant women, are for the first time, going to liable for Council Tax? What kind of weird ideology thinks some wonk writing for the BBC is a story? The real story is even the Poll Tax excluded pregnant women’s liability, from April the Conservative Party expect them to pay. Where are the Tax Payers Alliance on this one? Waiting for a fat un-taxed cheque from the Heritage Foundation me thinks. The Poll Tax brought Thatcher crashing down and in April the benefit changes will do the same to the present Government. To make a mistake is human, but to make the same mistake twice is crass ideological nonsense.


  43. 161
    Anonymous says:

    Given the high number of highly questionable comments found here, would it not be better to rename you Guy False?


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