February 21st, 2013

Dave Wades In to Beeb Spat
“You’re Not the Most Important Thing In This By-Election”

The BBC hit straight back against this morning’s claim from the Tories that they had behaved disingenuously, briefing that they invited Maria Hutchings to the 5Live hustings as far back as last Wednesday. CCHQ sources are citing security reasons as an excuse for the confusion. They aren’t taking it lightly, Damian Green has just told Sky that “the BBC can be a bit self-important”, and a “jolly cross” Dave has berated the Beeb’s man on the ground, saying his bosses had “behaved badly and stupidly”.

Rather awkwardly, it appears there would have been time for Hutchings to do the debate and still be able to meet the PM…

H/T @MichaelPDeacon

UPDATE: Here is what Dave had to say:

“I think the BBC has behaved badly and stupidly over this from everything I’ve heard about it. My understanding is that we were discussing with you for ages beforehand about the timing of the hustings and the fact that Maria wanted to be with me for this meeting. This is a totally got up thing by the BBC. You know you’re not the most important thing in this by-election – the candidates are.”

Not the voters then…


  1. 1
  2. 2
    genghiz the kahn says:

    BBC never wrong, but rarely right.


  3. 4
    of the common people says:

    thank you No 1 – now let’s talk about a dipstick Tory candidate instead shall we.


  4. 5
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    Well that’s the BBC banned from exclusives for a couple of months, unless we really need them of course.


  5. 6
    Very LOL says:


  6. 7
    The Public says:

    Petty people discussing petty things. Meanwhile, treacherous Dave is selling the country down the river.


    • 14
      One-term Dave, dragging the Tories to their grave, says:

      I’m not selling the country, I’m giving it away! What what. Those bits of it that I’m not burying under concrete, anyhoo.

      By jove, all these lovely immigrants I’m bringing to Britain – hundreds upon hundreds of thousands from Romania, no limit at all to those from India, and I jolly-well hope everyone from Turkey moves here, too! Another 80 million! Jolly spiffing.

      I bet they’ll grab everything they can, and it would be bigoted to stop them, really, wouldn’t it, what what?

      Gosh, I’m so looking forward to winning the GE in 2015. I can’t very well fail, can I, what what?

      Tally ho!


      • 125
        Matilda says:

        Anybody else watch that right royal punch up performed by those wonderful Bulgarians on the news today?

        If not, maybe somebody here has a clip that can be posted – just so we know what to expect come January next year.


  7. 9
    Jimmy says:

    Was Maria allowed to say anything?


  8. 12
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Let’s get the negative spin on these figures asap.


    • 22
      BBC says:

      Yeah, yeah, yeah but you’re still £5bn down on last year.

      And you fiddled the G4 auction figures during the Autumn statement, disgracefully putting our own Ed Balls off his stride.

      Tonight we will be exploring this with our Chief Economics Experts, Comrade Mason and Owen Jones


      • 34
        rebekah aka nellnewman says:


        owen jones as an economic expert. Good Joke!!


        • 45
          Owen Jones says:

          Oooh you’re so rude!
          Mummy says I’m good with figures and anything with “eco” in front I’m all for it.
          Economy= Spend money raised by taxes

          So there bossy boots


        • 46
          Casual Observer says:

          I saw someone ask a few threads back about OJ Simpletons take on the economy. Perhaps there are strange forces who read this blog, or just a coincidence.

          Hope this is not a wind up. Mason and Jones debating the economy – classic. I do not think they could credibly speak for any longer than 5 minutes on the issue without Mason’s career being buried by Jones. Almost as funny as seeing Laurie call M3nsch a fascist last year.


      • 143
        Pundit too too says:

        What about Toenails Robinson and the women that went about with Milliband and Balls Up – are they past history?


  9. 16
    SP4BS says:

    Four questions to the judge.

    1) When did the BBC send the invite?
    2) When did the PCC/party reply?
    3) Does anyone listen to radio5L?
    4) how can someone be jolly and cross at the same time?


    • 24
      Steve Miliband says:

      Can we give a fuck

      The liberals will win anyway.

      Stick a yellow rosette on a beardy and they’ll vote for it


    • 48
      Your Friendly Neighbourhood Pompous Ass Identification Service says:

      In regard to your question:

      (4) If you go to a posh school and sound all lah-dee-dah, you use expressions like “jolly cross” to burnish your bona fides as an upper-class twit. You form the impression you are supposed to sound like Terry-Thomas: “I say, old bean, I’m jolly cross, don’t you know!”, in order to differentiate yourself from the English-spe*aking population.


    • 81
      I have NEVER seen the like of THIS in 30 years at the bar says:

      What can you expect from these “Slack Bobs”…I’ll have to give them a damn good”rip”


  10. 17
    Why Aye says:

    We now live in a nation where:
    – doctors destroy health
    – lawyers destroy justice
    – universities destroy knowledge
    – governments destroy freedom
    – religion destroys morals
    – our banks destroy the economy

    Chris Hedges


    • 20
      Counter Point says:

      Perhaps we live in a country where that has always broadly happened, only now we are aware of it ?


    • 47
      Anonymous says:

      No it has changed.

      There has always been corruption. We have always ridiculed the leaders. Why else do we have our nursery rhymes.

      The difference is that there is now no competition. Everything we do is regulated centrally, and in an excuse to protect us, has killed off all competition and innovation.

      The only way to get ahead is mass corruption.

      Further, the regulators are actually barriers to justice and the monolithic institutions know they are safe.
      When was the last time you heard of any institution management being held accountable for a death?

      We need less regulation and a destruction of the regulators. We also need far less threats to whistle-blowers. Physically endangering a person is now acceptable practise endorsed by Ministers.


    • 140
      R Bitrage says:

      and police ignore criminals and harass the innocent instead.


  11. 18
    Dave -v- BBC says:

    Cat fight!


    • 87
      Can't beat a good cat fight says:

      Which one of these two bitches is going to have the worse hair when it is all over?


  12. 19
    Has the internet significantly disrupted the standard propaganda machines of Government ? Discuss says:

    The BBC is a state propaganda organ. The LibLabCon have been essentially outed as a unified operation of sorts. Is the charade with this radio debate just being played out to try and get attention directed back, even though anyone who retains the capacity to form independent opinion can see through that ?

    And what role the internet in helping those who have not yet transitioned their critical perception ?


  13. 28
    Silent Majority says:

    More BBC bias, not only do they rig events to embarrass the candidate, the badmouth her on air. A disgrace.

    Still, it’s the only interesting thing to happen on the Victoria Derbyshire show for months.


  14. 30
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Everytime the biased beeb puts itself into the spotlight like this the overwhelming truth that it is not worth the license fee we are forced to pay for it is underlined yet again.

    It’s long past it’s sell by date and should be parcelled up and auctioned off.


  15. 32
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    I might have to ring Dave and tell him to calm down, could have been worse, it could have been an interview with James O’Brien !


    • 35
      The BBC are cunts says:

      He’s a tad too far to the Right for our liking.


      • 39
        Constance Briscoe says:

        How come you can say the c unt word on here by when I try it turns to hunt not c unt?


        • 40
          The BBC Causes Serious Mental Illness says:

          Use a non-latin ‘u’ for that. Will work until it gets blocked as well.

          In the mean time, when Dave has got back from his bumming in !ndia, can we expect to see him and the BBC handbags drawn on the breakfast morning show ?

          Death match of the pro-EU mongs would be worth the license fee and help UKIP no end.


  16. 37
    Rt. Hon Butch Cameron MP says:

    Look [candidate name here] would have loved to have attended your little radio show but unfortunately there was a clash with her being crap.


  17. 38
    Doesn't want to watch rats fight in a sewer says:

    Tory candidate had a week to decide if brown-nosing the PM or meeting the voters was her priority.

    She chose the PM.

    Good job she won’t be elected.


  18. 42
    Operation Crossbow says:

    According to the BBC more honkey, J@w, Christian people have been found guilty of trying to blow us up. Can be Mu$l1m as the BBC would have mentioned it…wouldn’t they so they must be honkeys or J@ws


  19. 44
    Frank Bough says:

    The BBC are desperate for Labour to take power so their cadre of coke-snorting luvvies can get more cash to fund their champagne habits.


    • 50
      Point of Information says:

      Bough is a beacon of light, not an object of ridicule: The antidote for Political Correctness.


    • 84
      Anonymous says:

      I once sat next to Bough and his wife on a plane to the Far East – pleasant chap. After take off, a stewardess came round and upgraded him and Nesta to business class. Jammy cokesnorter but at least I had their seats to stretch out on!


  20. 49
    Anyone like metal? says:


  21. 53
    aussie rules says:

    The BBC is long past reform it is a mouthpiece for the left leaning glitterati who have ruined this country with their PC nonsense,multi cultural obsession and criticising ambition ,thrift in government spending,cowtowing to the LGBT millitants,they also for the most part make shit programmes.


  22. 56
    aussie rules says:

    If the Tories dont win Eastleigh then its game over for Cameron,thank God Tory MPS are ruthleess


    • 93
      Butterfly says:

      We have some Tory MPs in Parliament! Who knew?


      • 99
        Dave Cam the Wind Farm Man says:

        Tory MPs in Parliament! How and when did this happen? When is the vermin extermination operative going to do something about it?


    • 97
      Constance Briscoe says:

      You’ve seen those photos of Leon Brittan and that 8 year old boy too then? It’s the dead vacant look in the eyes that stays with you long after that gets me rather than the fresh bullet wound for an arsehole on the young lad.


    • 137
      Anonymous says:

      Or stupid


  23. 59
    SP4BS says:

    Why is dave involved in this? He was off to india, supposedly running the country, etc.etc.

    Surely someone else sorts out the day to day election issues, and the diary. (I mean wheres Betsy Duncan Smith when you need her?)


  24. 63
    One Term Dave says:

    I’ve never had a better chance to sort out the BBC than the recent Savile scandal. Unfortunately I’m too closely related to invertebrates to do anything. Toodle pip!


  25. 66
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    About time Cameron told the BBC to do one.
    I suppose it will be the first “audience” question on tonight’s Question Time. “Should a tory PM complain about the BBC”. Then it will be over to the labour representative to waffle on uninterrupted by Dimbleby, then to a coalition representative to be constantly interrupted by Dimbleby. Same old, same old, left wing biased BBC.


    • 101
      bergen says:

      His chance has long passed. The BBC know that the Tories are toast in 2015 and can now resume putting the boot in and cheerleading for Ed.


    • 102
      QT is a farce says:

      More likely “Should David Cameron divert funds from the poor overseas to fund defence ?” But you’re absolutely right..Dimblebore will allow Labour to waffle on without interuption for about 15 minutes whilst constantly interupting the Tory by making snidey comments


  26. 69
    Hope they guy routinely buggered in prison says:

    Some good news for a change. Though, of course, hundreds of thousands in taxpayer money will be spent on appeals against the convictions, and leftie idiots will be lining up to support them.

    Three men who planned to become suicide bombers and aspired to eclipse the 7 July and 9/11 atrocities have been found guilty of terrorism charges.

    Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, from Birmingham, were found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of being “central figures” in the plot.

    Jurors were told they planned to set off up to eight bombs in rucksacks and possibly detonate bombs on timers.

    Police described the men as “committed, passionate extremists”.

    The trio were arrested in 2011 amid fears their plans were accelerating.

    Detectives believe it was the most significant terror plot to be uncovered since the 2006 conspiracy to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs disguised as soft drinks.

    Khalid even boasted that the attack was “another 9/11″ as “revenge for everything


  27. 78
    License fee payer sick of the lefty biased BBC says:

    Why isn’t David Starkey allowed on BBC’s Question Time anymore?


    • 91
      The BBC...an impartial and unbiased news reporting organisation says:

      Cos he upset the audience last time he was on by speaking some sense ! AND what’s much much worse………….. we suspect that he’s a..Tory and it’s policy on QT NOT to have as few Tories as we can get away with on the panel….


    • 107
      Tax is theft says:

      Because he knows his own mind, speaks it and won’t stick to the script.


  28. 85
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    The only question which should be on tonight’s QT viewers mind is this:

    How many beers would you need before attempting to pull Laur!e Penny ?


    • 98
      The Court of Public Ignorance says:

      What is “Reasonable Doubt” ? Answer: Doubt that is reasonable QED


      • 109
        Point of Information says:

        12 Men and Women:

        8 Women, 4 Men.
        2 White, 10 assorted non-whites.
        A couple well dressed, most who showed up were hoodies.
        Retired early some days because one had a religious appointment.

        Multi-Culti Britain is something to be proud of eh ?


        • 151
          Pundit Too says:

          Thank you for the information – suspected this was so but have not seen the data in the media. PC and Leveson strike again.


  29. 100
    The Peedo enabling BBC c*kehead. says:

    The BBC is sc-um and is getting its arsed sued.


  30. 103
    Anonymous says:

    Load of spin from Dave. Lets see if Missing Maria turns up to other debates…


  31. 106
    Taxfodder says:

    The BBC have quite rightly chosen to ignore Dave’s so called Tory led Coalition because they know it is a lost cause, for a start it does not contain real beefy Tories, proper Tories are staying away in droves or voting with UKIP.

    Captain Dave should cast a look through his telescope at his dwindling supporters, should he, he would note that they are currently in red shift, they woke up to him and the old pals Coalition many months ago…they know only too well the good ship HMS Coalition is on course to break her back on the rocks of a general election, and are glad at least not to be seen as a passenger on that little voyage.


  32. 119
    The Sod says:

    Good excuse for Osbourne in his budget to say that from next April the TV license will no longer be payable, so putting 4 billion in peoples pockets to spend and to help the economy.The BBC will have to find its own source of income , not difficult as they keep telling us how good they are.


    • 127
      Matilda says:

      But why not make it THIS April?


    • 131
      Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

      If that happens though the RFU will be bankrupt in days and a lot of hacks will be very upset too.


    • 142
      Wanda Ringhands says:

      Just cut the BBC back to what it should be, 2 tv channels, 4 radio stations. Sell off the local stations and other TV channels if others want to buy them. Then put a limit of on performers pay, maximum pay of £250kpa, if they can get more then off they toddle.

      That should save around £2 billion pa.


  33. 128
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    So if the BBC is not the most important thing in this pathetic and sordid excuse of a by election then what is ?

    Let us not forget Huhne himself . Not only has he lied and cheated the Police his ex wife and constituents, he has also gone off with a £600 iPad and left us all with the bill .

    You can tell the little bastard I want it back before he goes to prison


  34. 133
    q says:

    message to Cameron, finally back in this country for a few minutes, FUCK OFF


  35. 141
    Richard Gatsby says:

    If it was being discussed a week before why couldn’t the BBC rearrange? And why didn’t they give a full reason on the show? The conservatives need to grow a pair and refuse to put anyone on 5Live


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