December 12th, 2013

Culture, Media & Sport Committee MP: Patten Must Quit
Second Member Slams ‘Contemptuous’ and ‘Lofty’ Lord
Third Member: “Time He Gave Some Answers”

After waiting ten months to admit that it would be ‘preferable’ for a different version of the Pollard Review into the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal to have been published, the Chairman of the BBC Trust is now facing calls to resign. Philip Davies, an MP on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has called on Patten to walk:

“The last shred of credibility that Lord Patten had as Chairman of the BBC Trust has now gone and I think he should go.”

Another member of the committee, Conor Burns, who questioned Patten on this in October, adds:

“The Pollard report and the appointment of Tony Hall as Director General of the BBC was meant to allow the BBC to draw a line under a discreditable period in the BBC’s recent history. Yet myself and others on the Culture Select committee have repeatedly pressed Lord Patten and Tony Hall on the matter of Helen Boaden’s submissions to Polland and why they were excluded from the report. My questions were treated at best with lofty disdain and at worst as if I were just an irritant. The stone walling has now resulted in a completely avoidable questioning of trust in the BBC Trust and their handling of this matter. It may be excusable if there were not repeated warnings from MPs that the BBC could not move on until all information was fully in the public domain. The Trust and the Director General now have very serious questions to answer – not least why did they not answer questions to a Parliamentary committee when they clearly had the information to do so. It is not my role to call for resignations but it is to demand answers to questions that were posed and contemptuously ignored. I hope the Culture Committee will afford Lord Patten an opportunity to answer them very quickly before this episode yet again engulfs the BBC in yet another avoidable crisis of trust.”

The BBC say they are “not getting into numbers” over the amount of media requests that Patten has turned down in the last 24 hours, but it seems he will not be able to run away from scrutiny for long…

UPDATE: Another CMS committee MP, Angie Bray, who was Patten’s PA when he was Tory chairman and questioned Patten on this in April, calls for him to explain himself to parliament:

“I challenged Chris Patten on this issue at the select committee hearing on 25 April and he was very, very adamant then that there was nothing more to be said about it. I felt dissatisfied with the response I got then and it now seems at last that the BBC has woken up to it. It’s time that Chris Patten gave some answers. I think it would be right for Chris Patten to come and answer questions in front of our committee. I was always dissatisfied with the answers I got from Chris Patten back in April. I thought he gave very evasive answers in April. We need to get to the bottom of this and the best way of doing that is for Chris Patten to come and speak to our committee.”


  1. 1
    Lord Patten says:

    I am not available for comment and never will be. So there!

    • 6
      lolwut says:

      I’ve never been able to get my head round why Guido obsessively latches onto these pointless causes when there’s so much more interesting stuff out there

      Easy wins?!

      • 15
        The BBC says:


        State-sponsored child abuse is a non-story.

        And now, a cookery programme with Nigel Slater, followed by Eastenderssss.. yay. Lap it up, Britain. Please forget all about our child abuse.

        Vote Labour.

        • 19
          lolwut says:

          Will Patten being fired lead to any more arrests?


          Non story. Unless you want to see Patten sacked, in which case you’ll be w*nking over this like a rabid chimp

          • Marild says:

            Chuck another couple of million into his pension pot, no fault resignation and another job £100k 1 day a week job in six months.

          • Airey Belvoir says:

            Patten is arrogant, with a huge sense of entitlement which his past career has done little to justify. He brushes aside all criticism with lofty contempt, cares little for the responsibilities that his position requires, and now appears to be enmeshed in a very dubious cover-up over shortcomings in a report which has cost us all over 3 million. Yes, I do think he should go. I am not currently wanking like a rabid chimp.

          • David Cameron says:

            I am on Team Patten.

          • The new Messiah says:

            Ed Balls has been hired to do the sign language for BBC’s ‘Daily Politics’.

          • Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

            The BBC is totally corrupt and must be made to stand on its own feet without the TV tax.

          • Jethro says:

            reply to Airey Belvoir (below – at the moment):
            Is it just me, or does Lord Patten begin to look more and more like Edward (‘Man of Principle’) Heath? Liver-spotted visage, bags round the eyes you could grow crocuses in, plump self-satisfied look, as of one for whom fasting and abstinence mean ‘Well, I shouldn’t really… but… you have such a marvellous way with Caviare, as with Oysters and I know I look forward to your Lobster: Fridays are so good!’; ‘distinguished’ silver hair.
            I don’t suppose ‘Ted’ ever went to Confession… but perhaps Patten’s begins, ‘Father, I have sinned, against God and my fellow men, especially since my last confession, which was… I don’t remember when. I have not committed murder, nor have I committed adultery (knowing leer at the confessional-grille), I steal only from the public purse – and then only what is contractually mine! – I have no reason to covet. I expect, Father, that you’ll conclude that five ‘Hail Marys’ is adequate Penance, and I’ll make sure that Gregory, my Chauffeur, says at least that: he says ‘Holy Mother of God!’ at almost every Traffic-light! There won’t be anything more, will there, Father? You know I’m a very busy man.’

        • 65
          Not That There's Anything Wrong With That says:

          Is Nigel Slater now a farmer’s wife? He seems to be cooking for some live in farmer in his latest series. Both are clearly beyond the age of consent so that’s a good thing.

        • 109
          Psyche the Dog says:

          Eastenders, what a load of utter bilge, I bet southerners are just as embarressed as a lot of northerners are with Coronation Street

        • 122
          Bloke says:

          ‘Lord’ Patten, eh?

          Very nice.

          Well I didn’t vote for the cnut.

          • Observation says:

            No, but David Cameron did.
            They have a common purpose.

          • SERIOUS POINT







    • 14
      The new Messiah says:


    • 66
      KIPPER says:

      You only need a “Trust” when you cannot Trust the Trustholders

      • 131

        ….. or when you wish to spirit away beneficial ownership of vast assets from the prying eyes of the taxman .

        Information courtesy of : We’llhideitforyou/

    • 72
      Fatty Watson says:

      Can anyone remind me how to vote? I’ve completely foroggten how to do it! I voted one way the other day when I meant to vote another way entirely. Hope I can remember how to vote in a GE; remind me, do I have to put a cross by the candidate I like least?

      Still, I’m not the only one in my party. To a man we meant to vote for David Miliband yet somehow we all voted for Ed…

    • 83
      last of the summer yn does dirty dozen says:

      do they do it up Lofty.

  2. 2
    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    There are many words to describe Lord Patten that could be used here, lets pick one at random.

  3. 3
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The Roma will be here in 20 days Dave.

    Tick tock!

  4. 4
    Joe Public & all Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    Horse drawn gilded carriage & footmen for his Lordship, Please !!

    of course all Tax Payer funded

  5. 5
    Camerclegband says:

    A I said on another post; Patten is an Executive Member of The Establishment !! He’s bomb proof, even if he resigns, he’ll walk into another troughers job, paid for by us !!!!

    • 16
      Joe Public & all Voting UKIP.ORG says:

      Sorry but he’s so fat he cannot possibly walk now & will have to be carried
      by the down trodden stinking filthy serfs to his next solid gold banqueting
      trough & by appointment only ….. what else would we expect …….

    • 17
      I love a porker, me, says:

      I’m sure that you meant to write ‘he’ll waddle into another troughers job’ Camerclegband.

      Can anyone confirm that Patten really is as fat as he looks in his pictures, all wobbly jowls, several chins, and piggy-wiggy eyes?

  6. 8
    Fucking scum says:

    Looks like a NOTW hack has used the Margaret Moran tactic.

    Former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson is “unfit” and will play no further part in the phone-hacking trial, the jury has been told.

  7. 9
    Bix Beiderbix says:

    ‘I just plain forget to put the dissenting information into my report, silly me’

    Is that it? Is Pollard so contemptuous of us plebs that he thinks we’ll swallow that? We know Fatty Pang is, but I thought the point of Pollard was that he was supposed to be free-thinking and independent. Perhaps his report could have been more perfessional if it had only cost £50K.

  8. 10
    Penfold says:

    And they can scrap the BBC Trust as well.

    Bunch of self-serving tossers, completely native and disconnected from reality.

    As for Patten, hanging, drawing and quartering is far too good for him.

  9. 10
    Patten Minor of the Remove says:

    Damn . . . thought I ‘d got away with it . . . . . . . . integrity shattered . . . . . reputation destroyed . . . . . . s’pose I’ll have to resign the Chancellorship of Oxford before the truth comes out . . . .

  10. 12
    sussex carol says:

    Sadly people in public life like patten no longer do the honorable thing and resign when they have been found to have failed miserably. Nowadays their first thought is to hang on to their overpaid position as long as possible.

    • 21
      Chris Patten says:

      .. while we arrange a really really really big severance package.



    • 40
      Not my fault or my responsibility says:

      You are correct…indeed I think the last politician/person in public office to honourably resign off his own bat even though his resignation wasn’t sought was Lord Carrington , the then Foreign Secretary ,in 1982 over the Falklands….these days standards in public life are very very poor indeed and most hang on by their fingertips as each is prised off one by one…no one has ANY shame these days

      • 59
        sussex carol says:


      • 70
        Not That There's Anything Wrong With That says:

        True, a decent man and a damn sight more capable than any we’ve got in the job at the present.

        • 116
          Charlie says:

          We are now seeing the results of being ruled by people who never saw combat. Those veterans of WW1, 2 and the post 1945 wars realised it did not matter whether one was poor or rich, only how one behaved in combat: both could exhibit cowardice and courage. Those who survived were grateful forlife and believed they had a debt of honour to lead useful and honourable lives to those who died.

          Patten is typical of the type of flabby politicians who just missed out on National Service. Perhaps if Patten had been bawled out by a NCO and had the conceit knocked out of him, he would be a better man.

          I think part of the problem with Patten and his ilk( true of all parties) is that they have a massive inferiority complex compared to those who saw combat in WW1,2 and post 1945. It is quite observable that if one watches two old comrades, one from a poor background and one from a wealthy one who have seen combat together their is a comradeship, confidence and humility that enables them to laugh at themselves , accept the foibles of human nature combined with a dignity, gravity and honesty which covers a steely core.

          Patten resembles a jelly fish, floating on the currents of self interest and stinging smaller fry.

          • bergen says:

            Good point. Lord Carrington was a golden example of public service and taking responsibility .

          • Just sayin' says:

            If today’s ministers were expected to resign over policy cock ups their be at least one a week chopped.

            Good idea!

          • Betty Stringer says:

            You have hit the nail on the head. There has also been far too much public money available to incompetent holders of official positions, something unknown to previous (and better) generations.

  11. 13
    Just Askin' says:

    If Patten resigns, will Mark Byford be re-instated so that he can pay back most of his £1 million pay-off back to the telly-tax paying chumps?

  12. 22
    Marild says:

    Chuck another couple of million into his pension pot, no fault resignation and another job £100k 1 day a week job in six months.

  13. 34
    Ivor Biggun says:

    Personally, I think that any MP who says “myself” when he means “I” or “me” should also resign.

  14. 35
    BBC intern says:

    BBC cleaning cycle: spin and repeat (and they know all about spinning and repeating.)

  15. 36
    Blowing Whistles says:

    What are the sewer rats up to at the UN i.e. Addressing Camerwrong as ‘His Excellencey’?

    oh link

  16. 39
    The Central Srutinizer says:

    So a member of a committee which includes ‘Culture’ in its title uses the word ‘myself’ as a nominative singular. Ye Gods…

    • 149
      Spanner Monkey says:

      Yer see, yer got yer hactual reflexive pronouns and yer nominative singulars all arse about face, son, ain’tcha?

  17. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Patten represents all that is worst about the establishment, swanning between tax payer funded positions with a sense of odious self entitlement

  18. 47
    Bored out of my skull says:

    Jeez, Mandelafest continues tonight with QT from Joberg. Will it ever end?

  19. 48
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Jobs for Ed Balls when Miliband has the guts to sack the useless buffoon.
    Skill set : Hand gestures.
    Job : Car park attendant
    : Signing at memorial services
    : Bookie at a race course (maybe not with his financial accumen)
    : Crane drivers mate

    • 51
      i don't n eed no doctor says:

      Ah no, this is good, fuck off Guido, I’m not re-writing with spaces, bastard.

      • 95
        i don't n eed no doctor's doctor says:

        I can fix that space with a brace.

        • 111
          i don't n eed no doctor says:

          You cheap two faced imposter why leave me till last, why chose others first, it’s just not fair. Now fuck off arsewipe.

  20. 50
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Time to get shut of the BBC et alia, not a national treasure but a national disgrace.

  21. 54
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    I doubt if there is vainer man than Patton,yet he has been sussed twice by the voters of Bath and the Boys in Beijing the latter has his measure from day one he was probably the worst Governor in the history of Hong Kong.I think the breaking point in his tenure as Chairman of the BBC will be if he is compelled to attend the DCMS Select Committee where Davis in particular will have a field day.Whittingdale a natural ally of Patton will have to bite the bulet and get him there PDQ.

  22. 57
  23. 60
    Earl of Croydon says:

    Anyone else seen Emily Maitlis on BBC news today?
    She looks like shes on the back of one very heavy night out !!!

  24. 67
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Who needs a spineless media and endless talking shops of MP’s – an official complaint has just been made by a member of the public who is not suborned to medyaaa / broadcasting laws – said complaint was taken / noted down by a bbc staffer – all of it recorded – demanding Pattens immediate resignation.

    It must now go into the complaints pool.

    Point is – it is now on record.

  25. 75
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Wonderful that this arrogant man who thinks that he is unaccountable to a democratically elected government is being shown up for what he is after refusing to appear before MP’s committees and treating them like dirt every time he deigned to appear in front of them. As usual, when the truth finally surfaces, it is damning.

  26. 78
    Lord Stansted says:

    Has the great Tony Hall spoken yet? He’s in charge of this shit heap but appears to be keeping his head down.

    • 81
      Tony Hall says:

      Shhhh!…you ‘aint seen me right. I’ve lasted twice as long as Byford so I should receive a dubble-bubble pay-off compared to what he got!

  27. 84
    BBC says:

    We shall get a drunken Emily Mateless to flash some, err, do a tough in-depth interview with Lord Patently lying.

    Then move on.

  28. 85
    Owen's Remedial English teacher says:

    A Em pee:
    “he was very very adamant”

    That’s the same as “adamant”

  29. 87
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    Whaling being illegal here, perhaps the Japanese would assist in the harpooning of the dreadful creature?

  30. 89
    Hang the Bastards says:

    Patten – The perfect illustration of Cameron’s excellent judgement.

  31. 90

    Conor Burns is another victim of our appalling English teaching standards.

    Yet myself and others on the Culture Select committee have… should have been something like Members of th Culture Select committee and I have…,/i>

    Not only does it make for better grammar, it is more polite.

    • 93
      But says:

      Angie Bray is even worser.

    • 101
      Anonymous says:

      When folk substitute ‘myself’ for ‘me’ or ‘I’ or whatever, are they trying to be polite but in doing so what they say/write becomes grammatically incorrect?

      • 103

        Each word can be correct when used in context. The context here allows for neither. The rules are not difficult.

        • 139
          Jethro says:

          101 The Reflexive Pronoun does, it has to be admitted, cause a bit of a problem to many: largely, this difficulty is owing to the basic and essential modesty of the English. To keep saying ‘I’ sounds (to many) a bit singularly Henry the VIIIth., and many people are (thank you, Harold Wilson…) unsure about when it should be ‘I’, when ‘me’, so ‘myself’ is fallen into as a kind of safety-net. W.S. Gilbert knew exactly when he penned ‘… says I, to myself, says I.’: I (Subject) says (Ist Person Singular, Present) ‘to myself’ (Indirect Object – Dative, in Latin), ‘says I’ (‘to myself’, is an Interpolated Phrase -an Interjection). Here, I think, ‘myself’ is that effulgent species False Modesty.

    • 107
      Blowing Whistles says:

      Is he worse than fucking useless – or just useless. [Grammar check please SC]

  32. 91
    red eddie shut down the BBC says:

    Evening standard reporting that the bbc sent 3 times as mqny journaliats to Mandelafest in south africa than all the othwe news agencies combined
    Absolute jolly and swilling away the telly ta

    • 98
      leftie dipstick spotter says:

      Bbc news 140 reporters
      Sky news 15 reporters
      ITV 9 reporters

      Bbc has an unfair advantage and just pisses money away, 140 reporters FFS!!!!!!

      • 102
        The BBC (South Africa Corp) says:

        Well, to be fair, probably 120 of them got a free trip home to cover it.

      • 105
        Blowing Whistles says:

        They’re not reporters – they are fully paid up members of the new stasi / marxist ranks – several of whom are also hiding out in the offices of Panorama as programme directors.

  33. 99
    Quiz-master says:

    Who allowed Patten to give evasive answers?

  34. 106
    john in cheshire says:

    I’d like to try to express a thought regarding Mr Patten and Guido Fawkes. I suspect that there are growing numbers of politicos who see Mr Fawkes vendettas against them as being unacceptable. I therefore suspect that some, if not many, of them will begin to conspire against him. However, they need to recognise something – GF is only the messenger; if we didn’t agree with him, he wouldn’t be in business. So, quash GF and someone else will rise to take his place. Secondly, there are people like me; more than I imagine; who don’t like Mr Patten; some, like me, as ex-Conservative party members and voters. We haven’t liked him for some time but especially after he left Hong Kong and turned up in the EU. He is not a friend of either the Conservative party or England. He has so to speak gone native in the EU. It is beyond belief that Mr Cameron ever gave him the position in the bbc hierarchy that he did, unless it was at the behest of some greater power. To that extent, people like me will welcome the day when Mr Patten no longer features in public life just as we will welcome the day when a politician in Downing Street actually does what his employers pay him to do; and not be the mouthpiece of foreign powers and international conglomerates.

  35. 112
    Border Boy says:

    It was quite clear when Patten appeared before the Select Committee last year that Phillip Davies loathed him. Of course Patten did himself no favours by behaving like Christ come to cleanse the Temple. Nevertheless can’t help thinking that Davies was looking for any excuse to call for Patten to go. It may be that Patten’s handling of the report on Savile means that Davies is right on this occasion. A bit like Marshal Foch crying, “Attackez” very time the Allies were in trouble from 1914 onwards. He finally said it at the right time in 1918.

  36. 113
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Patten is not stupid, just greedy and arrogant. The longer it drags on the bigger the pay-off. Patten is thick skinned.

  37. 115
    Screw the BBC says:

    I cancelled my TV license last month – no intention of going on paying for these bastards – life actually goes on without the BBC! Try it – it works! Screw ‘em where it hurts – their fat wallets!

  38. 117
    Ballox Economics. says:

    Yup! Patten must walk and few need to clear their desks at the BBC Trust. Otherwise it is not genuine problem solving, it is nothing more than arrogant attempts at cover up! Unacceptable!

  39. 119
    RomaBob... says:

    I think it is a matter of time……

  40. 120
    Anonymous says:

    With some senior politicians it’s a nice bowl of curry that does the trick and with others it’s anice bowl of rice.

  41. 125
    Blowing Whistles says:

    BBC also stone wall victims of convicted paedophiles who offer 149 names of paedophiles still walking the streets. Wonder why!

    *grabs popcorn*

  42. 142
    BBC researcher says says:

    Maybe the BBC will report on the 149 named p***eedoes they are hiding.

    *grabs popcorn*

  43. 144
  44. 155
    in the end despite all the bluster it comes down to this says:

    Guido, Pattens fucked isn’t he ?

  45. 163
    fed-up in britain says:


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