June 24th, 2013

Questions for the Beeb over Welsh Candidate

There is a by-election in the Welsh Assembly for the Anglesey constituency and the Welsh nationalists have got themselves into a right tizz. Rhun ap Iorwerth, one of BBC Wales’ most prominent faces, has announced he is standing down from broadcasting to seek the nomination. Local sources suggest that he is not even a member so Plaid Cymru are having to bend the rules. The local party and other local candidates are said to be furious about it. The BBC are saying this afternoon that as soon as Rhun ap Iorweth was linked to the seat then he was immediately removed from the airwaves. That’s not quite what happened…

The Beeb man’s planned candidacy was well known in Welsh media circles since mid last week and other hacks were tweeting about it. The less-subtle hints have subsequently been deleted, but what is clear is the BBC claim today that Rhun ap Iorwerth was taken off the air immediately is nonsense. For example, on Saturday their Welsh Affairs Editor Vaughan Roderick was in the know: “Sibrydion diddorol o Ynys Môn. Interesting rumours from Anglesey. Expect something tomorrow.” As were Welsh papers…

What correspondence, texts, emails or private DMs were exchanged between Rhun ap Iorwerth and editorial and/or management at BBC Wales about his intention to stand for selection? Precisely when did Rhun ap Iorwerth notify BBC Wales of his intention to stand for selection as the Plaid Cymru candidate? Did BBC Wales instruct journalists from their Political Unit at any point not to report on the controversy building around Rhun ap Iorwerth? Questions, questions…


256 Comments

  1. 1
    Expat Geordie says:

    So BBC lies again. And this is NEWs because…

  2. 2
    Jack & Russ says:

    “ap” is the wrong pronunciation….it is UP

  3. 3
    Sit Petra says:

    Rhun ap Iorweth?, who gives shit…

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Wyle Cop says:

    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

    That is all.

  6. 6

    My goodness!

    So if he has been on air since last week ,on BBC Wales, then he might have influenced literally ten’s of viewers.

  7. 7
    mike owen says:

    Would this be the same BBC that employ/ed Owen Smith, shadow sec.of state, Chris Bryant, Ann Clwyd, Eluned Morgan, Alun Davies, James Purnell, Ben Bradshaw, Celia Barlow, Ken McKintosh etc – all Labour. Hypocritical Labour at again?

  8. 8
    Sit Petra says:

    Is it a welsh app?.

  9. 9
    Jack & Russ says:

    I would have thought Schrödinger’s cat says… meow

  10. 10
    V1le Labour trashed my Country says:

    Anyone that can crucify Labour is welcome.

  11. 11
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    Welsh Sap.

  12. 12

    Do you suppose white Hazel would like to feel my Peli?

  13. 13
    Wyle Cop says:

    …Schrödinger’s cath, please.

  14. 14
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Tom Watson is apparently arranging a safe labour seat for Edward Snowden.

  15. 15
    The UK says:

    What’s the point of Wales?

    Its a serious question. What is the point of the place?

  16. 16

    Is it the votes they weigh their or the voters?

    I am rather unclear about this.

  17. 17
    Tony Blair says:

    He was “not even a member last week”…… and suddenly saw the light.

    Its just like my meeting with George Bush in Camp David immediately before the Iraqi War. Suddenly I was converted to the cause……

  18. 18
    Peter Martin says:

    ‘the BBC claim today that Rhun ap Iorwerth was taken off the air immediately is nonsense’

    ***

    Ah, but, what they say rather than what they do is the truth, so that is that.

    And anyone asking further questions having been warned off may see Lord Patten sending the boys from BIJ/Newsnight around to ‘investigate’ as only the know how.

    It’s how trust really gets built these days.

  19. 19
    Luciana Berger says:

    Pi*s off. I saw it first.

  20. 20

    Their theres are not there. There there!

  21. 21
    nmj says:

    Just ignore these mutton molesters, they’ll go away soon enough.

  22. 22
    Sit Petra says:

    Because we have got a Prince of… (called Looney tunes).

  23. 23

    Schrödynger’s pawennau.

  24. 24
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    ‘Goings on’ in Welsh Politics? Never…..in Wales…..never

    This is the land that elected Peter Hain and this twat is standing in Anglesey which is the Welsh equivalent of the land that time forgot

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-12768030

  25. 25
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Not far from Woolwich…

    Disabled man killed.
    RoPer was the perp.

    http://www.london24.com/news/crime/thamesmead_stabbing_neighbour_describes_man_as_great_friend_1_2239946

    Daha Mohammed, 51, also of Abbotts Close, was charged with the murder of Mr Greenaway and was due to appear at Bexley Magistrates’ Court today.

    A post-mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as incised wounds to the throat.

    Bet it gets “integer less than 1″ MSM coverage.-

  26. 26
    Brazialian Wax says:

    Its pronounced Pele.

    Or droopy.

  27. 27
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Ed Balls changed his name from

    Rhun ap UgeDet

  28. 28
    Alice B. Toklas says:

    As Gertrude Stein might have put it.

  29. 29
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    It probably gets the ends mangled to something like
    y skrowdynger pawenai.

  30. 30
    Alex Salmond says:

    Dave keeps pleading with me to stay together for the sake of the Welsh.

  31. 31
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    What’s the point of Wales?

    Peak of Snowdonia.

  32. 32
    George W says:

    Damn tootin’.
    And that promise of a continuous tour of the specifying circuits of Americasland sweetened the deal a little bit to, huh, Tony?

    Tony ! … Tony ! goshdarn his ears .. YO! BLAIR!

  33. 33
    Sit Petra says:

    They used to good at firing arrows in the 15 th century, sadly a skill that no longer has a place in the modern world.

  34. 34
    The Inquiry that never was..it was all just a dream says:

    Chilcot ! Chilcot ! Chilcot !

  35. 35
    George W says:

    The Welsh equivalent, huh? What’s that like?
    Some kind of Louisiana tree swamp with gritters and snooters and mad mud inbreeds an’ such ?

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    To keep the Tories from getting a majority?

  37. 37
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    A story about Wales up since 4:47 pm, and no irrelevant annoying music videos?

    Either the mod is in full effect or Guido decided to live dangerously.

  38. 38
    We're staying with the money, Dai Bach says:

    I seem to recall that the Welsh voted in their Independence Referendum in overwhelming numbers to remain part of the United Kingdom

  39. 39
    Sit Petra says:

    Best advice is to just run I think.

  40. 40
    Please vote YES says:

    If Scotland votes for Independence Labour loses 60/65 MPs and any hope of forming a majority at Westminster ever again…no wonder thy’re crapping themselves that Salmond might just do it

  41. 41
    cachu yn digwydd says:

    Berlusconi fukcs a willing 17 y.o. prostitute and gets 7 years.
    Blair fukcs everybody from birth to death and remains free with investgative reports kept under wraps.
    When will the world learn?

  42. 42
    Dewi says:

    By now there is more point of Wales than there is a point to ‘england’.

    What makes ‘england’ unique from the rest of the UK or the world for that matter?

  43. 43
    Hugh Toob says:

    Lives in Different Time Zone or still at school.. …come back tomorrow morning and no doubt they’ll be loads of ‘em from the “idiot poster”

  44. 44
    Senior Civil Servant says:

    BBC Wales = Plaid Cymru = BBC Wales = Welsh Nationalists

    You’ve only just figured this out?!?! Lucky you’re offshore Guido….woe betide you if you criticise the Taffia in Wales.

  45. 45
    Dewi says:

    Where did Guido get this story from? Was it someone from a political party?

    Why do Labour seem rattled by this announcement? Did they try and get this man on their side?

    Nevertheless it will be an interesting by election for Labour: will they get an Assembly majority or will Anglesey reject them?

  46. 46
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Yep, looking really dumb is (mostly) just an act, whereas the scotch seem to be dreaming of new Darian.

  47. 47

    The nationalist-politico-complex is a well-known phenomenon in Wales. I was at the count for the Assembly referendum in Caernarfon. I was left as the only Conservative (as I was in those days) standing, because the nationalists had begun to turn nasty in the early hours as they thought they were going to lose. There was a clear dividing line- West of Wales was for, East against. I got in my car with one area to declare completely confident of victory but by the time I got to Bangor, the last area declaring had swung the vote the other way. The timing of the result had been determined by nationalists in the media (BBC and S4C) co-ordinating the announcements with the returning officers, for maximum news impact.

  48. 48
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    Yup

    Where sheep live in fear

  49. 49
    Alex Salmond says:

    Yes..but you wouldn’t them to grow up as broken home kids, would you?

    Look at them already? The fattest, loudest, drunkest, skunkiest, laziest, dumbest part of the UK. Can’t let them grow up on that rain lashed, windy, cold, estate with just Mummy Miliband and no father figure.

    What kind of future is that?

  50. 50
    Historian of first peoples says:

    Druids need place for sheep shagging and human sacrifices

    And Labour needs its last rotten boroughs

  51. 51
    Salmondnet says:

    Umm, that looks like at trick question. Is the answer that it the only nation without its own parliament or national assembly ? Then again it is the only homeland that the English have (well still have for the time being). That’s probably enough to be going on with.

  52. 52
    Wales for the Welsh says:

    Not much of a slogan though is it?

    No other bugger ever wanted the place.

  53. 53
    Shaun says:

    *Shakes*

  54. 54

    Cwestiynau, cwestiynau, cwestiynau!!???

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    Guido, get this twonk Silvester out of UKIP, a recelty-convicted criminal who was fortunate to avoid a custodial sentence. What are UKIP thinking by getting this guy onboard?

    http://www.cheshire-today.co.uk/17098/cheshire-east-councillor-defects-to-ukip/

    http://politicalscrapbook.net/2013/06/latest-ukip-recruit-brian-silvester-is-convicted-slum-landlord/

  56. 56
    P l e b says:

    Where is Toxic Taffy these days?

    He’d enjoy this thread.

  57. 57
    Ed Miliband says:

    Trust me, I’ll do that at the next election.

  58. 58
    Trader Farage, back from his booze cruise says:

    I think he is President of Europe

  59. 59
    Cut it Short says:

    How’s about Llanfair PG.

    My sat nav gets confused with long names.

  60. 60
    Ed Balls says:

    I still intend to massively increase borrowing.

  61. 61
    Cut it Short says:

    And its ‘witch hazel’

  62. 62
    Ed Miliband says:

    Labour has no hope of a majority anyway, so long as I remain leader.

  63. 63
    The last Englishman says:

    Does stuffing votes go with stuffing sheep the?

    I do comiserate with you for havings tovfrequent these people

    It’s rather like being a Tory in Jockland

  64. 64
    Friendly Coop manager says:

    He is proudly sinking the Coop, overloading it with toxic Le hm an assets to destroy the pensioners

  65. 65
    "Call me Dave" Dave says:

    By promoting woofters marrying, I’ve secured the vote of the only gay in the village. So the Tories will get one vote, but will build from there for 2015.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Wales – who cares?

  67. 67
    Geralt of Rivia says:

    Iorweth? Wasn’t he that scar-faced elf in The Witcher 2?

  68. 68
    Chairman of the Voice of Wales says:

    The 165 members of Our Political Unit are trying to understand what has been said

    Service will be resumed after the children’s hollies

  69. 69
    M Owen says:

    Don’t talk absolute crap – look was on the BBC pay roll recently in Wales – Owen Smith, shadow sec.of state, Chris Bryant, Ann Clwyd, Eluned Morgan, Alun Davies, and I’m sure there’s many more in other media in Wales.

  70. 70
    Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

    We do – they shop in Liverpool.

  71. 71
    A MICK says:

    Been to south Wales a few times – what a hole of a place! Worst thing about it, is how Labourites go all misty eyed and rambling on about Anerin Bevan, talk about flogging a dead horse from a different time.

    Labour has runied Wales as it has runied the UK.

  72. 72
    Living in 98% white North Wales says:

    And lots of Scousers work at Airbus.

  73. 73
    Empty Ed says:

    My couragous government will ban all Welsh thardines

    We will then cap and circumcise the whole population

    After deep historical studies, Maurice Glasman tells me it is the only thing to do

  74. 74
    P l e b says:

    A hen coop?

  75. 75
    A MICK says:

    Nobody does.

  76. 76
    More muzbot violence says:

    “A man who attacked a ballet dancer, broke his neck and left him lying in the street has been jailed for 13 years.

    Jack Widdowson, 19, from Somerset, was assaulted by Mohammed Ali Mohamoed, 27, on a disused canal towpath in Cardiff”

  77. 77
    Arnie, Empty Ed's brain says:

    I disagree

    We should give them all pre-completed and pre-paid postal votes

    Much simpler

    That’s how we always win in Chicago

  78. 78
    Expat Geordie says:

    Are they the ones who actually pay?

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  79. 79
    BBC purveyors of state orthodoxy says:

    But..but…but the met police investigated Steven Lawrence’s family 20 years ago.

    That’s far more important.

  80. 80
  81. 81

    Three female judges?

    No woman has pressed any charges. No witnesses. No evidence.

    But of course, it is not a political trial, is it?

    Italy is as PC as the UK.

  82. 82
    Owen Jones says:

    IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

    Judge who gave pervert Stuart Hall just 15 months was forced to quit after visiting a gay brothel http://dailym.ai/11AdcxD

  83. 83
    Willy Goat says:

    In the Words of the Welsh Bard, Dylan Thomas :-

    Land of my Fathers, they can keep it?

  84. 84
    Scottish independence is England's salvation says:

    If Scotland leaves, it won’t be just Labour down the Swanee. It will be a seismic shift in the political landscape, something the British establishment and the liblabcon party tribalists don’t seem to fathom.

    It certainly aint going to be business as usual.

  85. 85
    Glass stones says:

    I think it’s more that Italy is currently under occupation by the EU.

  86. 86
    F the British establishment and their poxy wars says:

    England’s a nation the political/business class would dearly like to disappear, both politically, culturally and yes, ethnically.

  87. 87
    How many Hunt's says:

    Make a Hunt.

    bbc are a bunch of overpaid wankers.

  88. 88
    Arms twisted says:

    Its just like my meeting with George Bush in Camp David immediately before the Iraqi War. Suddenly I was converted to the cause……

    Probably a bit of blackmail over names mentioned in operation ore also helped….

  89. 89

    Oh! Yes indeed! plaid”s cunning plan is unraveling especially when wannabe candidate heledd fychan’s dad is a prominent plaid cymru councillor on the idland and a former bbc presenter/newscaster.

  90. 90
    Trevor Phillips - the Qango King says:

    No hate crime here folks. Move along now, move right along.

  91. 91
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balls

  92. 92
    Village Idiot says:

    Wales is Birminghams water supply!!! Apart from the welsh,Wales is a lovely place!

  93. 93
    Rum app Iplayer says:

    i ws ‘elping the sheep over the ‘edge constable

  94. 94
    Mike Hoxard, Labour MP for some crap place up north and lord of the Sith says:

    If you need any help comrade – you have my number and real lizard name.

    They cannot stop us!

  95. 95
    plants do maths. says:

    the bbc is bloated.
    it does not have a purpose.
    if the BBC is difficult to control then it has a purpose.
    if the BBC is fearless, then it has a soul.
    if it will get out of bed for somthing, anything 24/7, then it has a heart….so it does.
    .
    .
    a clean record = a good heart. Beeb does not have it.

  96. 96
    Tony, International Stateman says:

    Happy to put on record I’ve not committed unnatural acts with Jones the Steam and Dai Station, today.

  97. 97

    Owain Glyndŵr was defeated in 1412 and the Taffs were finished as a viable nation. All this bollocks, like Afad marked on their roads, is a sign of English weakness. Edward I defeated them and Henry VIII annexed them so that is why they don’t have their own law.

    They mostly vote Labour just to spite the English.

  98. 98
    Jeremy C/Hunt says:

    Shall I tell the truth today? I wonder.

  99. 99
    Field Marshall Billy Haig says:

    Really

  100. 100
    Field Marshall Haig says:

    F

  101. 101
    ITS BLEAK IN SUNDERLAND WITH 3 LABOUR MPS AND NO FOOD BANKS says:

    One of the worst things that ever happened to this country was the idea of nationa assemblies,the welsh people didnt want it the scots thought they would be quids in and we the english are paying for it all if the scots decide to go solo then so be it they will bankrupt themselves in 10 years.

  102. 102
    Universal Hiss says:

    No such thing. No money in it see me lovely unless it’s from the BBC tax payers via S4C which is watched by 16 viewers as it’s so dreadful.

    Taksi for the clock. I’ve always thought a language which stopped evolving before a clock came into existence is doomed. Interesting that x does not exist in the language.

    Do people really speak Welsh in Cardiff? I thought it was mainly spoken in the north & bits of mid Wales.

    I have relatives from Swansea(not Welsh speakers) & Machynlleth(some didn’t speak English until they went to school). The ones from the south were very stupid & the ones from the north all went on to university so speaking Welsh is not indicative of anything,except you were brought up in a Welsh speaking household.

  103. 103
    M Owen says:

    How is it a cunning plan when everyone knows Heledd’s father is a councillor? And he was on S4C not BBC presenter. Get your facts right you idiot.

  104. 104
    woolybacks says:

    I would have thought marking ‘afad’ on their roads was exceptionally progressive. Most councils simply note ‘ rest stop in X miles’.

  105. 105
    Wyle Cop says:

    Ever keen to help my fellow ‘readers’, I feel that comment needs some illustration:

  106. 106
    M Owen says:

    Get stuffed you racist bigot.

  107. 107
    Ever more sordid says:

    And so it goes on

    Whenever you think we have hit the bottom

    These people come up with another sordid scandal

    We are now into perverted judges judging perverted heroes of the BBC

    Can the so-called British establishment fall any lower?

  108. 108
    M Owen says:

    What’s English for Taxi then? Because it’s a german word comes from Taxameter!

  109. 109
    Beeboid says:

    We are the BBC and you should always respect your betters.

  110. 110
    Universal Hiss says:

    It’s been quiet for days.

    I’ve hesitated to comment before in case it unleashed a torrent of crap youtubes & even crapper comments to go with them.

  111. 111
    BBC says:

    That’s not wacist, he was just expressing his human rights.

  112. 112
    Universal Hiss says:

    The English for taxi is the same as the English for bungalow except it has a different pronunciation.

  113. 113
    bergen says:

    I think you’ll find it’s tacsi. Welsh has neither an x nor a k.

  114. 114
    Universal Hiss says:

    I doubt very much if Scotland will leave the union. Yes for independence has been stuck on around 30% for a long time.Unless Alex pulls a blinder I’m afraid it’s status quo.

    So the English are stuck with the moaning taffys & jocks not to mention the orish.

    You could do a push for English independence though.That would be interesting.The Islamic state of St.George.

  115. 115
    @amsams says:

    I find it quite frightening that the likes of Hunt runs a government department as important as the NHS. He’s a total incompetent, as are most of his colleagues. Cameron is either unable or not interested in doing anything about the dreadful situation. Where will it all end?

  116. 116
    Universal Hiss says:

    Thank-you bergen. My welsh deserted me at about 4. I should have googled.

  117. 117
    Bungs bungs bungs says:

    Mama Mia! What’s da fix up.

    But I’ve gotten outta worse a than this before.
    My friend, Tony, he will fix a deal. Lots of people will be getting telephone calls soon. for favours owed.

    “Ciao Bella.. its a Silvio! how are you Mrs Jowell? Are ready to do the service you owe your Godfather?”

  118. 118
    Huntwatch says:

    http://thequietus.com/articles/08944-jeremy-hunt-levenson-enquiry-hotcourses

    Please look at this link to see the glorious pedigree of Hunt…….

  119. 119
    Dai Beeboid says:

    Well given the BBC’s recent run at least he’s not a peado

  120. 120
    Bungs bungs bungs says:

    I Control half the media in Italy. They say I have too much power.
    But if owned the 94 % like The BBC do in your country..then this little problem I am having would never have gotten onto the television.

    That David Miliband is going to be a lucky man when he is Minister Supremo.

  121. 121
    The neo nuts looney loons OBE says:

    Nice to floppy haired wank stain tory mp mark harper fall off a table and break his foot….save him from putting it in his mouth all the time…twat

  122. 122
    Bungs bungs bungs says:

    Early days, pal.
    She might have just said she was seventeen.

    I mean, at a time like that, who asks for a passport?

  123. 123
    Bungs bungs bungs says:

    Mama, I thoughts my Eengleessh was bad.

  124. 124
    Labour liars its what we do says:

    At least he tells it how it is and no cover ups like thos Labour cnuts
    You know those leftie twats always screaming NHS safe in their hands and still do as the bodies mount up daily

  125. 125
    Jimmy says:

    Another friend of Thatcher’s ..

  126. 126
    Anonymous says:

    Longer than that. Think about it. Does Labour actually have anyone who’s better than Ed?

  127. 127
    Jimmy says:

    It’s not all bad news for Berlusconi. Viagra came out of patent protection the other day, so he’ll be saving a few bob

  128. 128
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Or, in the words of the publican to our Dylan, on that historic night he knocked down the 18 shots of bourbon: “DO go gentle into that good night.”

  129. 129
    BBC are bestest at everything says:

    We need every voice we can get to support us against the conspiracy of condemnation by non BBC bullies, and just because we are well endowed…with money not ballsy stuff. We will fix it..you’ll see. Oh sorry!! no pun intended.

  130. 130
    Universal Hiss says:

    That Edward got about a bit.He was the hammer of the Scots too.

    While he was off doing this the EU army crept in without anyone noticing.England has been annexed for 600 years. Nobody noticed until recently.

  131. 131
    Oscarcat08 says:

    Criminals masquerading as politicians. It’s the same the world over

  132. 132
    Universal Hiss says:

    I’ve always liked the image of jelly iron legs.

    Only a serious drinker could come up with that one.

  133. 133

    What man, however testosterone fired, would want to do that?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

    ?

  134. 134
    Massimo says:

    Any chances that Emeritus Pope Benedict will now land up in the dock for his role in the systematic cover up of priest child sexual molestation cases?…Mea Maxima Culpa

  135. 135

    Frankly I would have Edward I back and do without parliament altogether. Might even give up Magna Carta against anything we have had since May 1997.

  136. 136
    The neo nuts looney loons OBE says:

    Loon….. Mark harper, table dancing in soho bar…..is there something he’s not telling us….twat

  137. 137
    nellnewman says:

    Nope berlusconi was a friend of bliar’s . Remember that photo of berlusconi in his headscarf sandwiched between bliar and cherry?

  138. 138
    Sit Petra says:

  139. 139
    nellnewman says:

    Why is the beeb using it’s highly paid staff to infiltrate the HoC ? Is it planning to take over government next?

  140. 140
    P l e b says:

    Hunt is merely a lackey of corporate power, like the rest of government, his function to prepare the ground for privatisation, whether it be the BBC or the NHS. He was effectively caught red handed acting as Murdoch’s creature in government, and everybody knows it. He abused his office as an elected representative on behalf of NewsCorp. The fact that he was promoted to Health Secretary on the back of his record is all the evidence anyone needs that this ruling elite is utterly impervious to ethics. It is rotten to the core – corrupt, deceitful and incompetent.

    Most of government today amounts to a treasonous collusion with corporate power against the interests of its electorate. What else is the policy of rescuing the banks whilst we pay for the bail out? We have government that spies on and lies to its people consistently in the interests of the financial elite that our governing elite serves. We have revelation after revelation to prove it. The sooner this lot falls apart the better. Any social contract that existed is already broken. We need a reckoning, soon.

  141. 141
    P l e b says:

    I just cannot understand why people begrudge paying the TV licence fee. The amount of content the BBC puts out, from TV to radio to online, news, documentaries, entertainment, music, the list is endless. And all advert-free. The latter is worth £12 a month on its own. Contrast this with the mind-numbing tripe that ITV puts out. Cowell-shite, Jungle-shite, Keith Lemon shite, etc etc. The BBC shelters us from this garbage.

    The £12 a month is phenomenal value for money. It could not be done unless everyone subscribed. If the way it is financed could be construed as ‘socialist’ then it just goes to show what can be done when the state, instead of private enterprise, works for the common good rather than profit.

    We can learn a lot from the way the BBC is constituted. Long may it continue.

  142. 142
    M102 says:

    I wonder what search words he uses to get all that sh!te.

  143. 143
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Save whales from the whelsh.

  144. 144
    M102 says:

    Perhaps he Dai’d

  145. 145
    M102 says:

    Do they read the Sun?

  146. 146
    David Bike says:

  147. 147
    Sit Petra says:

    Your worst nightmare nell, Eastenders script writer gets hands on government policy.

  148. 148
    Universal Hiss says:

    An interesting thought but real blue sky thinking or in your case out of the box.

  149. 149
    Universal Hiss says:

    Thank you Mr.Patten.

  150. 150
    left says:

    tell us about Tony’s friends Jimmy?

  151. 151
    Fact Inserter says:

    Guto Harri (Welsh ex-BBC man) has been batting for the Tories.

  152. 152
    CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

    labour trolls are so easy to spot

  153. 153
    nellnewman says:

    OMG we’d all be perpetually depressed wouldnt we?

    I haven’t yet worked out why people watched that awful programme. It’s like looking into an abyss!

  154. 154
    nellnewman says:

    They’d better help their case if they started to produce proper balanced news programmes and rid themselves of their leftwing bias.

  155. 155
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    There’s no ‘J’ in Welsh either, despite Jones being the most common surname.

    I live in south west Wales, and Welsh is commonly spoken. However, down south a great deal of English is used in colloquial Welsh. Even I, as a non Welsh speaker can understand half of what is said ‘in Welsh’.

    It’s a different matter ‘up north’, where the Gogs are much more precious about Welsh and will use complex circumlocutions to avoid any contamination of English creeping into the language; a bit like L’Académie Francaise tries to expunge any infection with the English language.

  156. 156
    BBC News (on a lighter note) says:

    The tv licence fee is the best example of a poll tax since…. the poll tax.
    The fact left wingers aren’t rioting about this version of the poll tax kind of proves our suspicions the BBC must be doing something lefties like.
    In which case the BBC can’t be impartial if it’s keeping them c*nts happy.

  157. 157
    Bosh & Pecks says:

    Thardine Ed already has East Enders scriptwriter

    Even he couln’t have written that d r I v e l

  158. 158
    Sit Petra says:

    No, it’s not like looking into an abyss, it’s more to do with figuring a way to crawl out of one. :-)

  159. 159
    I, Nick, with a Green says:

    If the sweaties vote for independence and stay in the Eu, and the rump UK decides to leave the EU and retain it’s bordern controls, we”ll need another Hadrian’s wall. Perhaps it copuld be built as a row of wind turbines.

  160. 160
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    In the devolution referendum, in 1997, I think I’m right in saying that the turnout was about 50% and the vote for devolution was about 50.5%. So it was hardly a resounding ‘Yes’.

    Now that people have seen the third division (relegation zone) politicians that that infest the assembly, there’s probably even less of an appetite for independence.

  161. 161
    albacore says:

    You’re winding us up, right? You just have to be
    Holy cow, a Paean to the B B C
    What next, a hymn deifying the E U?
    Any chance that you’re into Sharia, too?

  162. 162
    Home Guard says:

    Have we not heard the end of Rendition David Miliband?

    I thought he was doing Redemption now, admittedly well paid all expenses paid etc, which is better than that slippery two faces liar Straw

  163. 163
    Statistician says:

    Explain where you get 94% from.

  164. 164
    Tessa Jowell says:

    Please, Mr Bungs, May I have some more money?

  165. 165
    Home Guard says:

    It is already ending in tears

    Millions of people fleeing the NHS using their savings to avoid the National Death Service, especially for the old and infirm

    Whistleblowers being persecuted

    Bureacrats taking huge “bonuses” etc

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SOVIET UNION FFS

    This will end with violence

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    This is a complete non story. The BBC followed normal procedure. In 2006 Richard Drax stood for the Conservative candidacy for Dorset South. His candidacy was public knowledge for weeks if not months and he continued to work as a journalist for BBC South. He did not resign until he secured the nomination and was not taken off the air. As usual it seems that Guido’s rules are selective – unlike his drinking.

  167. 167
    Bob Fleming says:

    O/T but at last some decent TV on Channel4 – story about a guy with a 200lb nut sack

  168. 168
    Historian says:

    Very well said and well phrased

    I have always been in favour of and worked in free enterprises

    Thecwhole ethical structure of the market econony has collapsed, along with the Rule of Law

    The social contract which all but a few loony “Libertarians” believe in has been destroyed

    One could even say the whole basis of our civilisation

    Andcwe have a political class which is totally corrupt and incompetent and coukd not care less

    Exactly like Louis XV “After me, the flood”

  169. 169
    Mayor 'Diamond Bo' Johnson says:

    I assume we are not talking about Eric Pickles morning snack?

  170. 170
    Universal Hiss says:

    Scottish politics is strange.The SNP in government have surprised most.They have been rather good as politicians go,certainly not the disaster forecast by Westminster or The Labour Party both north & south of the border.

    Independence is another matter entirely.Everyone seems shy of making their pitch.I would love to vote for independence to be rid of the Westminster filth.However I’d not do that to run into the arms of the Brussels filth.

    I’m sure the SNP & many Scots would have voted for devo max if that had been on the table.

    So at this point I really haven’t a clue how I’ll be voting,like the vast majority of the population I suspect.

  171. 171
    Anotehr bloody Dimbledy says:

    BBC would work fine if Fatch hadn’t let Sky cherry-pick everything that mugs would pay hundreds for, and Blair & Co hadn’t reduced it to Pravda.

    I think the politiicans ruined the beeb more than the Beeb ruined politics.

  172. 172
    Cameroon the conman says:

    Yes

    All he can do as a response is to hire an EU freak like Korski

    Another bureacrat who has never done an honest day’s work in his life

    And will blue sky Dave like Hilton and then fuck off to join Google on his contacts

  173. 173
    Fer wat its werth (welsh) says:

    So much for his BMI then.

  174. 174
    Hadrian (Emp.) says:

    Just absolutely gross.

  175. 175
    gol2013 says:

    Unclear on spelling, too.

  176. 176
    MI5 says:

    + 1000

  177. 177
    City of Culture says:

    I would have thought there’d be a better selection of stolen goods.

  178. 178
    Universal Hiss says:

    On balance I think they deserve each other.

    One day there will be a messy divorce.

  179. 179
    Bert says:

    He combusted spontaneously, Dog be praised!

  180. 180
    Wayne Runie says:

    Oi!

  181. 181
    Superstitious says:

    FFS, don’t mention either of their names.

  182. 182
    Gonad Watch says:

    They’ve just found his penis!

    Oh…it doesn’t have any skin left on it!!!

  183. 183
    Mayor 'Diamond Bo' Johnson says:

    To be fair, a gross plus another 56 pounds.

  184. 184
    Anonymous says:

    That must have been a really challenging circumcision…

  185. 185
    Anonymous says:

    About as much chance as Guido ending up in the dock for his consistent ignoring of the various UK scandals such as Elm House and North Wales. You would have thought he could have overcome his hatred of Watson to lend his support in this instance, especially as a father of two young girls.

  186. 186
    Lefty Watch says:

    Bevan set up the horror service. He was a welsh Himmler.

  187. 187
    Anonymous says:

    Soho gay bar?

  188. 188
    Anonymous says:

    Bunga bunga parties? Small beer. Try my bonka bonka parties. When I get to be PM I’ll soon have Theresa May in a maids uniform for cabinet.

  189. 189
    albacore says:

    For twelve quid a month they can take it and shove it
    The poor souls who can’t do without it and love it
    Will doubtless be glad to back its brainwashing spin
    But how long would it last with no-one else roped in?

  190. 190
    MI5 says:

    it’s not because some fucking Toryvdoes does it as well that it is not partisan troughing in his local area also

    Sometimes Inthink the discussion and practices in the UK have fallen to the level of the Central African Republic and Cameroonie goes around giving lessons to the w o g s while behaving like one himself

  191. 191
    nellnewman says:

    Nope I am surrounded by my open spaces and woods complete with birdsong – I don’t get into abysses and especially labour one’s!!

  192. 192
    Mayor 'Diamond Bo' Johnson says:

    Completely wrong Nellie. In 2001, when Berlusconi was running for PM, Thatcher was quoted as saying;
    “It is clear to me that his (Berlusconi’s) goals are very similar to those which the government which I led pursued in Britain”
    This turned out to be a most acute observation since Silvio has done his best to live up to the image of Leon Brittan.
    In 2007 Berlusconi was quoted as calling Thatcher;
    “…una bella gnocca” which translates as “…a great piece of pussy”.
    This was popularly assumed to be Silvio showing foresight in setting up grounds for an insanity defence.

  193. 193
    Saffron says:

    The beeboids are forever demonstrating their leftie wing bedwetters policies,financed by us.
    When oh when are we going to see someone in charge to say to this lot that as a state broadcaster you should be impartial and not left wing biased.
    The mainly three news channels today in this land are frankly rubbish,in that all we hear all day are the three or four chosen by them subjects.
    There are plenty of news items on the net which our lot choose to ignore,in my opinion they are cowards on not reporting news items without fear or favour.
    When the media in this country feel afraid to report things as they are,well then we really are in trouble.

  194. 194
    nellnewman says:

    We nature lovers really must do something to protect sardines against the labour onslaught of militwit!! Time for a new campaign perhaps.

  195. 195
    Splooodge says:

    That bird who wanked the pig should give him a handjob.whats her name again?
    Beckmann one.

  196. 196
    MI5 says:

    For those of you who talk frequently about LibLabCon as being one abd the same think

    Look at this guy Korski who Dave hired this morning

    First of all he works in the private office of Paddy Ashdown, LibDem

    Then he works for Cathy Ashton, Labour

    And now for David Cameron, Conservative

    Three POLITICAL appointments for three different parties

    Says it all

  197. 197
    Mayor 'Diamond Bo' Johnson says:

    You mean Guido?

  198. 198
    South of the M4 says:

    What is the point of Wales? ~68m people in the UK, ~only 6m in Wales. That is point enough for me. As an Englishman living in Wales – I am happy to be less crowded. Better life style for sure. Lovely country, lovely people. Even if I was advised when I moved here to live ‘ south of the M4 ‘because I was English.

  199. 199
    Saffron says:

    The current debacle which is now taking place between the various involved parties relative to the Quality care lot is another disgrace.
    Who is eventualy going to admit that lives were lost due to incompetance,all of these barstewards are now running for cover big time.
    When will we have people facing a court of law?.
    Don’t hold your breath people because it will not happen.

  200. 200
    Saffron says:

    Nite all and sleep tight and my regards to Nell who I love listening to rather than some of the dross I hear from other bloggers.

  201. 201
    Sit Petra says:

    Don’t let any of them get their hands on a tin opener (with instructions).

  202. 202
    Mayor 'Diamond Bo' Johnson says:

    Naughty Nell. Write 100 times ‘I must not blog compliments to myself under an alternative name’.

  203. 203
    A grandfather says:

    There are not enough Courts of Law in the Land to try all these people – there are just too many

    And the CPS will surely say they “lack evidence” as usual

    And the corrupted politicians could not give a flying fuck

    Just look at their false handwringing and mealy mouthing on the subject and the Labour scum saying “there is nothing to see”

    Enough to make any normal person vomit

  204. 204
  205. 205
    Anonymous says:

    She’s quite edgy really.

  206. 206
    Identical Twins Spotter says:

    Are Cynthia Bower (ex-CQC head) and Jo Brand related?

  207. 207
    The Viewer says:

    Eastenders is more of an abscess than an abyss.

  208. 208
    Labour front bench says:

    Like Chuka, we only use private medical care

    We love talking about and fucking up the NHS

    And, of course, will always deny the truth

    We have no shame

  209. 209
    CarryHole is a porcine homunculus says:

    LIBLABCON
    3 brands, one party.

    One goal, make your wealth theirs.

  210. 210
    Russell Brand says:

    No.
    But Jo’s me mum.
    And she weren’t no Blessed Virgin when she had me.
    No– just fooling around! Did anybody take me seriously?

    She wouldn’t like me saying this, but really, she IS old enough to be my mother.

  211. 211
  212. 212
    An Intelligent Person says:

    D**k Wad.

  213. 213
    busie says:

    just how mny more cnunts are getting away with murder?

    http://tiny.cc/cbg7yw

  214. 214
    kkk says:

    fuckoff saffers old chum

  215. 215
    Number 7 says:

    +1

    Sir Gar

  216. 216
    Labour front bench says:

    Yes

    But even more dangerous

    It shuts off political alternatives

    And disenfranchises the People

    Leavibg apparatchiks like Llewelyn, Korskii and co, unelected, actually running the showand running off tomthe banks etc like Powell, Blair’s honcho, to make millions influence peddling and prostituting their positions

  217. 217
    ppl do maths. says:

    crucification is good.
    ppl run around far too much.

  218. 218
    ppl do maths. says:

    i doubt if it improves their life.

  219. 219
    ppl do maths. says:

    it may well be that throat attacks are all about silence.
    silence itself is a purpose.

  220. 220
    ppl do maths. says:

    the obsession is with “law”.
    who should govern.
    law is rentable.

  221. 221
    GCHQ : Challenge for Mr. Schrödinger's Cat says:

    /\

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    49502124B45F2F7E-5C0D0A24BA0201B4
    09CD21B8014CCD21-CD21FF43ADEAD69C

    \/

  222. 222
    David Cameron's new pet dog: Spunker ! says:

    Woof !

  223. 223
    Y Cymro says:

    Such a poor post. A typical Westminster-centric attitude to things happening in Wales.
    It is Welsh Labour that is reacting so strongly to this because they fear Rhun as a very strong opponent. Anglesey is the seat that Labour may possibly feel they would have probably won against an expected Plaid Cymru candidate such as Heledd Fychan.
    If they win it then they regain a majority Welsh Government. So that may explain why the Dark Forces of Labour are on the prowl!

  224. 224
    Whatever you do don't mention Syria says:

  225. 225
    Dave should resign now says:

    UN saying that US claims of Chem weapon use is b/s is interesting.

    Was the US intelligence based on UK reports per chance ?

    Or intel gathered from completely impartial NGO’s who of course do not profit at all from the conflict through continued funding for being there to mop up ?

  226. 226
    CarryHole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Good stuff.

    Since those who claim to be “disabled” are assessed by panels of those who ACTUALLY are disabled (if they bother to return the forms and a lot don’t) it means we’ve removed a while load of scroungers.

  227. 227
  228. 228
    Wiz of Oz says:

    Now now, that is no way to talk about Labour female ex-Ministers who go round waving 13,000 pound cheques for misused expense claims.

  229. 229
    Wiz of Oz says:

    Bill, can I have that redundant apostrophe back please?

  230. 230
    1 out all out says:

    UH: How do you feel about the English not having/being allowed to have a say in the Scottish Independence vote? Shirley the whole of the UK should have a say in such an important measure?

  231. 231
    Mike and Don says:

    The entire point is to sing far too loud far too often and flaaaaaat…

  232. 232
    The Public says:

    Syria is none of our business

  233. 233
    Mike and Don says:

    Only 13 years? That judge had better not go walking on a towpath late at night…..

  234. 234
    Matilda says:

    But the story does not explain why and by whom this skunk was reinstated.

    Plus ca change and deja vu all over again…

  235. 235
    Burgers are bad for you says:

    The only people who get into abbesses are…

    ooh hush ma mowf.

  236. 236
    BBC Cultural Centre says:

    In days of old
    when knights were bold
    their suits were made of tin.
    They had to use a tin opener
    to get them out and in.

  237. 237
    BBC Cultural Centre says:

    YY U R YY U B I C U R YY 4 me

  238. 238
    BBC Moderating Suite says:

    Did you copy this to the Daily Mail and Grundian?

    We did not get our copy either.

  239. 239
    sick of em says:

    more propaganda shit from the telegraph

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10140080/Married-couples-to-be-offered-tax-breaks-before-the-next-election.html

    who like the rest of the british media just cant wait for mandela to die so they can publish a full colour brochure – these vultures really are sick – whatever happened to leveson – more waste of public money

  240. 240

    Ah! The good old South Pembrokeshire which was forced into the ugly Pembrokeshire unitary authority.

    But Little England beyond Wales they cannot abolish.

  241. 241
    The White Dragon of England says:

    I don’t know but we, the English, want Monmouthshire back.

  242. 242
    The White Dragon of England says:

    Wales was never previously a nation, just a land of the lawless, and has been constitutionally part of England since 1525, I think. It still is. The Assembly is like a combined ‘county council’. Not that I want it to be, but before it gets its own air force, navy, army, nuclear bomb, joins the euro, and the UN. Monmouthshire must be returned from the pretend nation of Wales to the real nation of England.

  243. 243
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Why should the taxpayer have to subsidize the institution of marriage?

    If the institution is as good as we are constantly being told it is then surely the inherent benefits it brings with it should be more than sufficient.

    If people start leading their lives making decisions based on the best ways to get money out of the System we are all doomed.

  244. 244
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    NINE PERCENT ??!! Wait till we add all our postal votes …..

  245. 245
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    If people start leading their lives making decisions based on the best ways to get money out of the System we are all doomed.

    Too late ! :)

  246. 246

    One man can outsmart the entire overweening machine of the corrupt state:

    http://lat.ms/12014SX

  247. 247
    Dan Hodges says:

    It’s Owen Jones.

    When he was born they obviously slapped his face instead of his arse!!

  248. 248
    Anonymous says:

    What was the question? If UKIP didn’t exist who would you vote for?

  249. 249
    Anonymous says:

    Vaughan Hughes – Heledd’s dad worked for HTV. ie. Independent TV, not the BBC

  250. 250
    Anonymous says:

    Maurice Kirk is a well known nutter to those of us who live in the Barry area in the Vale of Glamorgan.

    I’ve lost count of the number of times the headcase has been struck off as a vet, he’s caused chaos all over the world in his plane including being arrested in the states after landing near to George Bush’s home in order apparently to apologise for an earlier incident.

    He’s been involved in countless nutty incidents for decades.

    You only have to google the nutcase to see the scale of his barmy activities.

    So not quite the harmless eccentric portrayed by a couple of equally mentally challenged supporters of his.

    Hopefully the nutter is now out of the publics way for a spell

  251. 251
    Anonymous says:

    S4c is actually run by the bbc- hooray!! because Plaidies could’t run it properly. Also the news back in the early days of Vaughan Hughes career-pre S4c was produced by the BBC as it is today. Ignorant Plaid muppet- Do us all a favour and fuck off this mortal coil…

  252. 252

    What you say is not surprising but I think we should allow some space in this world for nutters. It is not difficult to differentiate between your average nutter and, say, a megalomaniac – but that appears to elude the security services.

  253. 253
    Twisted Ap Firestarter says:

    You can’t take someone off air on the basis of rumour. James Landale stayed on air when it was said he might work for number 10.

  254. 254

    Spotted as soon as send button was hit.

  255. 255
    Enemy Combatant says:

    Probably someone pretending to be Bill but channelling Jimmy…

  256. 256
    Anonymous says:

    They got it from Welsh Labour HQ.

    1. Labour took one hell of a beating in May’s County Council elections. Down to 3 councillors. Even UKIP outvoted them in their own heartland of Holyhead. Three of their candidates finished bottom of the poll in one ward.

    2. Plaid got the biggest share of the vote – 19,000 +.

    3. The word on the street last week was that Albert Owen MP was going to stand for the assembly seat.

    He will not be doing so against Rhun ap Iorwerth.

    So what’s Plan B ???


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