February 3rd, 2014

SKETCH: Doubling Down on the Digital Fiasco

The big BBC software project has gone up in pyre of bytes.

They’ve written off £98m as totally worthless work – and there may be another £80m behind that. One question remains of interest to the Public Accounts Committee – who’s going to carry the can?

The answer to that has an even larger question: how do we control these very large public service bodies? They pay each other little miracles of money in salaries, expenses, bonuses and pensions, and when their projects collapse they talk about learning lessons and the journey they’ve been on.

They have realised that if they “say sorry”, there’s nothing further that can be done to them. Now they are all starting to construct painfree apologies. You can tell there’s no real repentance – there’s no contrition – and therefore no real change in behaviour.

But leave the theology to one side.

Over £2m a year in salaries sat in front of the PAC this afternoon. License payers will probably give them a further £20m in today’s money before they die.

A heckle: “Let’s not have them paying tax at the 50p rate, let’s halve their salaries!”

The previous technology chief has been named as the guilty man, so he put in a bid to pass the parcel. No one held it and the music never really stopped.

When Anthony Fry, the ex-Trustee said he took full responsibility for it all, he also said, “What more can I say?”

“I RESIGN!” was the dominant heckle. But of course it was a Tony Blair apology. “I take full responsibility so shut up.”

The Chief Financial Officer (£337,000pa) was jiggered if she was going to admit that a certain set of names on the Report were all either from Finance or Technology. The accusation was that no one wanted this vanity techno-project except geeks – for the purposes of this hearing, people who didn’t make programmes. No, no, on the contrary, Mrs £337,000 said, they were all fully involved, the business people who would use the system.

So why weren’t their names on the Report? She said they were fully involved. So why weren’t their names on the report? They were fully involved. So why weren’t – they were f- WHY W-THEY WERE! Oh, all right all RIGHT! She admitted their names weren’t on the report. (But they were fully involved.)

It was like drawing teeth and the only time I’ve enjoyed the experience.

So, fully involved, or fully informed or fully reported – whatever the £2m at the witness table said, we only had their word for it – this was Stewart Jackson’s slur. Unrebutted but a slur in the modern parlance, being a criticism.
So many important things were decided or passed around in a sofa government way. Pay-offs worth hundreds of thousands were agreed by word of mouth. Legal advice was given orally, without record or minutes.

In addition, the ex-Director General Mark Thompson was accused broadly and narrowly of misleading the committee. He defended himself. But Mr £680,000 is not a reliable witness (see his Savile story earlier today) so his defence will remain in the transcript.

He said he had a nose for “business obstinacy”. He could “smell it”.

A good nose may have been worth the £680,000 a year he had himself paid – but he, the man in charge, got nowhere near the underlying rot of the software project.

He took what he was told, the Trust took what they were told, the Chief Operating Office (£328,000) got her dates muddled up, felt there’d been so many reviews, she wanted just to get on, so she took what she was told. A sidebar – she’s in ballet administration now.

Mrs £337 was too optimistic about her transformational abilities (that’s her “saying sorry”). And the Trustee (“full responsibility”) said that of course more should have been done sooner – in hindsight, in retrospect – but no system of governance would have done any better.

The BBC has done well recently with the Olympics, and their move. And iPlayer apparently is a great achievement (though I’m not sure I couldn’t have done that myself with a year of Imperial College computer scientists armed only with a set of Allen keys).

But these big public services are well worth a new sort of scrutiny. They are an estate within the state. The fifth estate, perhaps. All the other estates have had a jolly good kicking in the last 10 years and now – without wanting to sound vindictive – it’s their turn.


  1. 1
    8illy says:

    hang ‘em!

  2. 2
    SC is the new 8illy 8onkers says:


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    Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

    The best of it is that you pay the licence fee for this shower of incompetent shit!

  4. 4
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    Andy Pandy used to be quite good.

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    Entrepreneur says:

    I noticed Fry as well of the “BBC Trust” (doublespeak)

    When questioned about the “payoffs” he said, grinning, ” I did not join the Trust until after that”

    So instead of being represented by the man who approved the “payoffs” Agius (ex Chairman of Barclays to boot), the BBC Trust sent a newbie who could not answer the questions

    The oldest trick in the book – like the fucking musical chairs the bankers have been playing

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    lola says:

    Let me help. Please?

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    carlo gambino says:

    Quality piece of writing mate, as ever.

    I disagree with you on the success of the move. The BBC are good though at constructing palaces with our money.

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    Chris Smith says:

    Oooh yeah bigot. Love that word.

    I’d love a nice big bigot thrust up my bum. Bum bum bum. Ooooh yeah. It’s all I think about, having my bum pierced by strangers. Oh god yeah. I’ve got HIV from being bummed by strangers but I don’t care I just love it. Right up the shitter, hard. Me and a few blokes down in the local woods.

    You shouldn’t think badly about us because we are gay. I mean, if you heard there was a bunch of blokes gang fucking a woman they had just met in the woods and they all got HIV because of it you’d be perfectly sympathetic right?

  9. 9

    So much appreciated.

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    Podiceps says:

    If this accelerates the separation of the BBC from the public teat, it’s probably worth it.

  11. 11
    Ha Ha I Love it says:

    You get what you pay for ‘SHITE’

    Shite rules in Blighty !

  12. 12
    Ha Ha I Love it says:

    + 20 million

  13. 13
    Mog says:

    Hi, Programmer here!

    You’ve got some balls knocking the BBC for a minor error after the various Tory IT fiascos.

    Universal credit most recently, a system so unfit for use it couldn’t handle 1000 of the simplest test cases in trials.

    It also has no provision for saving an application in progress, doesn’t tell you what’s needed documentation wise before you start and even when you do everything right falls over much of the time.

    This is pretty basic stuff that anyone with an ounce of knowledge would get right but of course it wasn’t about knowledge so much as ideology.

    Glass houses and all that.

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    FFS says:

    I don’t. No TV. 3 movies for a fiver at “That’s Entertainment”. Take a big bag.

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    Historian says:

    This makes me think of what Chilcot has found out as well

    Half if not more of the major decisions about the Iraq war were never minuted

    Either at No 10 or the Foreign Office

    “Sofa governmemt” by Blair was a deliberate ploy

    They left few traces with which we can convict them

    And to their eternal shame, the top staff at No 10, including thee current Cabinet Secretary, and at the Foreign Office collaborated with Blair in breaching the basic priniples of Cabinet and accountable government in not recording major decisions

    Happily, MI6 at least did keep records which will be published soon as we know

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    Táxpáyér says:

    Scuttle back to Labour central script kiddy.

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    FFS says:

    Whoa whoa whoa, we will get round to IDS and the universal credit system all in good time.

    Today it’s the BBC’s turn.

    These things are not mutually exclusive my friend.

    But as you’re here perhaps you could venture a suggestion as to why these people at the Beeb are drawing £330K salaries when clearly they aren’t worth a warm piss?

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    oh my, the footwork! says:

    They have it the best way, they’ve learn’t from the football tribes and and set the braindead and pleb tribes at each others throats by the simple bit of maniulation of name calling with lower class, middle class, upper class names and get them to call them politicical parties, the political tribes are Liebour, Camorons Conservatives and the Libcraps, while the trash are at play, the politicians and the media lovies get away with the loot

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    Jack says:



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    Jack says:

    Lovely to see the Clinton Foiundatiin” promoting “Climton and Chelsea Clinton in Africa”

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    Ohthisbloodypc says:

    It’s our license fee money. But it’s their BBC and they can obviously do what they like with it.

    Snouts in the trough. Golden (secret) handshakes.

    What a rotten corrupt institution. What do we get for our license fee?

    If you spent an infinite amount of money on technology and hired an infinite amount of lefties for the newsroom, they still couldn’t spot a story if they saw Jimmy Savile wandering down the corridor with a Tweenie on each arm.

    If they privatised the BBC, how could it be any worse than it is now?

  22. 22
    Joe Public & all Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    Yep we all agree hang them BUT cut off the huge amount of
    OUR money they purloin from us each & every year, plus much more
    if they purloin it weekly………& you are poor……!!!

    However there is not one of the ConsLieLaborLebDims
    incestuous alliance that has the Ba*lls or Spin*e to force
    change as they have a vested interest in keeping the status
    quo and feeding this over powering & unaccountable dinosaur
    from the last century for ever more.

    But the incestuous alliance are are all starting to mess themselves
    as the elephant in the room is getting stronger & bigger day by

    Its time for real change with the demise of this corrupt incestuous
    alliance’s control on the levers of power once & for all ……

  23. 23
    FFS says:

    Big benefits row live

    Ken livingstone the first person we see. FFS we know which way this is going already before they even start.

    Simple statement
    Get off your fat arses put down the TV remotes and get a fucking job

  24. 24
    Bob says:

    Bill Clinton fraudulently using charitable funds to promote himself and his daughter


  25. 25
    How to deal with these incompetent bullshitters says:

    As I’ve said many times before sack them, or in some cases jail them and then lessons WILL be learned.

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    Blind Pew says:

    Keel hauling’s too good for ‘em.

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The BBC, the repeats channel.
    The programmes are repeated.
    The waste is repeated.
    The cover ups are repeated.
    The fat cat salaries and pensions are repeated.
    The tax avoidance is repeated.
    The labour bias is repeated.
    The perverts are repeated.

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    Schrödinger's cat says:

    Tonight I have a glass of Goral Vodka on my desk. I have the bottle as well. I bought it late last spring as I dr0ve over the Tatra mountains from Poland into Slovakia. It is 40% by volume, so relatively tame as compared with the Grappa in Istria. But it has a beautiful taste, smooth as one may imagine.

    Jan Krak of Stara Lubovina is the brains behind it and it is made from no fewer than seven distillations of the wheat base using water sources from the Tatras. The main contribution to the taste is the water. Jan has done a great job.

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    For those who do not know the Tatra region, they are situated on the border of the two countries and are a resort area. The highest peak is 8710 feet, almost twice the height of Ben Nevis. There is a range called the Low Tatras to the south and situated entirely in Slovakia. The Tatras themselves are quite a compact range and are only some 35 miles long by 12 miles wide. They are surrounded by plateau so appear to rise from nowhere and fall in the same way. There is not much in the way of foothills. They are easily taken in from one view from the main road to the south.

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    If you dr!ve the D1/E50 from Zilina to Poprad, then they are to your north. I did this route in 1999 and did not have time to explore them then as I was on the way to observe the total eclipse in Bucharest. So I returned last year.

    Here is a view from the Polish side. Just under a thousand miles by road from Calais. Here it is beautiful, interesting, historic and very inexpensive to eat and drink.

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    I saw the intro, heard the chav cheers and switched off. It was bound to be a platform for the lefties.

  32. 32
    Mary, Mungo & the one who can't benamedfor legal reasons says:

    I believe him and Teddy are being investigated under yewtree, someone has fired them in for keeping looby loo captive in a box for years.

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    If you dr!ve the D1/E50 from Zilina to Poprad, then they are to your north. I did this route in 1999 and did not have time to explore them then as I was on the way to observe the total eclipse in Bucharest. So I returned last year.

    Here is a view from the Polish side. Just under a thousand miles by road from Calais. Here it is beautiful, interesting, historic and very inexpensive to eat and drink.

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    Anonymous says:

    Big benefits live even the compare is having a go at the only person on the panel against benefits to spongers

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    Bob says:

    The BBC has clearly been hijacked and has been and still is out of control

    “An overmighty subject”

    And in British history, you know what yiu do with overmighty subjects?

    Yiu take them dowm

    In this case, the BBC has no excuses

    They have pissed billions over and under the fence, coveraed up major peedo rings, and abandoned aby pretence of impartiality – they are also the biggest users of coke in Britain – after the City

    Break it up and flog off the chunks – there would be many takers

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    Anonymous says:

    Even the compare is having a go at the only person against and she is being shouted down
    How the hell can you have a panel of 3 for and 1 against
    Of course this woukd never happen under Labour oh no

    Fucking knobs

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    i used to drive a Tatra, made from ra gs I think.

  38. 38
    The office of Gordon & Sarah Brown says:

    Yes we are great admirers of the third way.

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    I give up.

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    FFS says:

    Ok don’t bother to watch it the studio audience are cheering and clapping anyone for benefits and stony silence for anyone against

    Worse than North Korea

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    FFS says:

    I agree I mean how the fuck is that balanced. Its a wankfest for the left with white dee lapping it up in the audience.

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:


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    Not me.

    One of them had the temerity to say her £680k salary was justified about it because it was a big job.

    For some reason which I do not wish to remember, after a nice pasta meal with Italian red wine, it reminds me of Gordon Brown.

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    McAdder says:

    4 to 1 including Wright plus the audience. This is making QT look balanced.

  45. 45

    Jivoli! Hvala lijepa!

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    It might be worth re-reading an article the DM printed on Thursday July 1st 2010 at page 6.

    Heading: “Revealed, Blair’s battle with law chief over !raq”

    Blair – “I just don’t understand this” …

    I haven’t looked to see if the link has disappeared – but recommend a reading.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Whilst i am about it i might also add that the mos did ‘disappear’ and article from some years ago headed ‘The men from Mazars’ [They’re a corporation EU wide of dirty accountants promoted and largely protected by EU Commie infiltraitors]

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    *This got wiped in the multiple reposts*

  49. 49
    The Shite Stuff says:

    Channel 5 pandering to its core audience of benefit-chasing chavs with an amateurish pooling of ignorance. How the fuck did it get abroadcasting licence?

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    nie ma za co

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    I hope everyone who works for the BBC dies of cancer. Seriously. says:

    Or just hang ‘em, after shooting their families in the head, in front of ‘em. Then sell their organs to the Chinese, and auction off all their properties.

    It’ll get the money back, and act as a serious deterrent.

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    For the Welsh says:

    Tatra mountains

  53. 53
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Why isn’t Abbott there. Forgot it’s not the BBC.

  54. 54
    I hope everyone who works for the BBC dies of cancer. Seriously. says:

    The adverts between shows for other shows are repeated, and very very noisy.

    I don’t like my lounge being turned into the BBC’s disco.

    Fuck you, BBC. I hope you all die of cancer. Especially the fucktards who are responsible for The One Show.

  55. 55
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Their constructed palaces and castles have foundations made of sand. Their castles of lies are all falling down.

  56. 56
    high plains drifter says:

    A man sure gets lonely up in the Tatras.

  57. 57
    Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

    This programme makes Question Time look like the epitome of fairness and balance.

  58. 58

    Co działo się na pieprzonym moderacji na tej stronie dzisiaj wieczorem?

  59. 59
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Thanks for the namecheck yesterday. will return the favour if and when i feel it pertinent. i do of course read it. H/T 2 U

  60. 60
    FFS says:

    And still calling himself president I see

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    I hope everyone who works for the BBC dies of cancer. Seriously. says:

    I think I can honestly say I’ve never watched Channel 5. I think because they said they’d absolutely definitely re-tune everone’s video recorder before C5 started broadcasting and, when C5 utterly failed in its commitment to re-tune everyone’s VCR, C5 basically said “we can’t be arséd” and then started broadcasting anyway.

    Cúnts. Right from the very outset.

  62. 62
    Howdy do dere honey says:

    Has to be “Black Tuesday” for the FTSE tomorrow .

    It’s a bloodbath in the Dow Jones

    Dow Jones 15372.80
    -326.05 -2.08%

  63. 63
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Cannot let this one go by – what a fucking cheek old charlie boy has calling some people headless chickens – when of course he “fails to remember / declare” the fucking dosh he stands to collect from all this windfarm baloney.

  64. 64
    A Somerset Farmer says:

    I’m knee deep in shit, mud and water trying to put milk in the refigerators of these lazy fuckers.

    Why do I bother?

  65. 65
    Hahahhaha says:

    Fuck me,it’s hilarious….

    This is the best example of evryfink wots wrong wif Brittan today, roight.
    I go volunteeerin, innit.

  66. 66
    FFS says:

    Oi! Get our own moniker. How about WTF?

  67. 67
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Does G do hidden modding – am just thinkin?

  68. 68
    Fabians are EVIL says:

    The BBC is clearly not fit for purpose with a very unfortunate and very obvious left leaning bias. I would start by making any tax payer funded organisation with an institional socialist bias illegal.

  69. 69
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    – Only 3% of benefits goes to the unemployed
    – Only 0.7% of benefits is fraudulently claimed
    Learn the facts.

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    Bilda Berger says:

    Harsh but … harsh.

    I like it.

    PS Charge the survivors for the bullets, Chinese-stylee.

  71. 71
    Ric Holden CCHQ says:

    Priti Patel,I reckon she could get a job on the Woolwich Ferry……….as a fucking fog horn.

  72. 72
    Bilda Berger says:

    Nor do I. Withdrew their Common Law right of implied access years ago. Since the detector vans are vapourware and warrants are problematical, this leaves TVL, to use the technical term, fooked.

  73. 73
    WTF says:

    Sorry did not realise it was taken
    WTF it is

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    Big mistake putting Currie and Hopkins on to challenge benefit culture both devalued.Fraser Nelson and Margot James would have been better to explain that the benefit culture that exists today is doomed.Then on the other side we have the cartoon characters like White Dee and Innit both could have been cut off at the knees by a simple question,where are the fathers of your children?,why are they not making a contribution?Beveridge intended the Welfare State to be a safety net,for many it has become a way of life which can no longer be sustained.The bankers and the rich as usual getting a bashing,when will these people realise that there will always be a gap between the haves and have nots,shit happens get yourself educated WORK even if it means cleaning shithouses.

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    Graham says:

    BBC salaries are an obscenity. Cut the fucking lot to a maximum £120k. If they don’t like that then tell them to fuck off. Easy to replace them.

  76. 76
    Bilda Berger says:

    “NHS IT system one of ‘worst fiascos ever’, say MPs”


    Project launched in 2002, at the height of the Reign of Terror. Nuff sed.

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    WTF says:

    When I’m struggling to work for 12 hours a day and just making ends meet I will try to remember that


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    White rabbit says:

    Divert the Thames and clean out the stables. Wouldn’t take much.
    I’ve always liked the word ‘Sedition’ as well. Got a sort of muscular, cleansing, Victorian, steely sort of sound. Means business, action.

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    Anonymous says:

    You must be a leftie tosser you are just desperate for something ..anything to go wrong

    Why don’t you just fuck off to labour list

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    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    How true. Not sure what makes the moderator tick.

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    Bilda Berger says:

    How does driving around in a Bentley (14 mpg) do any favours for Gaia?

  82. 82
    Bilda Berger says:

    Abbotopotamus would make a great fender.

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    Historian says:

    Know all of that thanks

    But what is this about Mazars?

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    School's Out says:

    As someone who experienced both private and state schools, the difference can be summed up as follows.

    In private school, the pupils respected the teachers and for the most behaved.

    In state school, the pupils screamed and shouted and swore at teachers .

    In private school, competitive sports took place.

    In state school, competitive sports weren’t allowed and everyone was a winner.

  85. 85
    Woolwich Ferry Fog Horn says:

    Great…another immigrant after a UK job.

  86. 86
    WTF says:

    But I’m WTF!

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    Woolwich ferry fender says:


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    The British media are cunts says:

    Will there be a Newsnight special on this? Will we get rat face Wark indignant at BBC waste?

    Of course not, 100 million is chicken feed to lefties

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  90. 90
    The British media are cunts says:

    Men who like bum sex should be banned from T.V.

  91. 91
    Joss Taskin says:

    Where were you when the FTSE was recovering from Labour’s Great Recession ?

  92. 92
    Wark on newsshite says:

    Tory rows Tory rows Tory rows

  93. 93
    The British media are cunts says:

    The cuunt who owns the Daily Star runs C5, so seeing a load of tits on TV is nothing new.

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    Historian says:

    The trouble for the right is that the bank bailout cost far more than bennies

    And the crooks have got off scot free

    We have to reestablish some semblance of the rule of law

    Otherwise it is just generalised mayhem and who can pillage the most loot

    Bankers or benny fiddlers?

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    I know lefties will hate this but says:

    If like mine the majority of us at that private school were there because our parents spent their last bean to enable us to go.

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    Mark Thompson says:

    I don’t remember the BBC.

  97. 97
    Fish says:

    The BBC have been relentlessly going for Gove for 48 hours. Tonight on 5 Live lost any sense of impartiality by inviting a couple of headmasters to line up and take a kick at Gove. Earlier on of their reporters sounded almost rabid.

    The fact that the left are all lining up suggest that Gove has got it right.

    Then there’s this ‘Whack-a-Gove’ tweet from a BBC reporter. All very impartial.


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    Rachel Reevezzzzzzzzzzzzzz says:

    Eh you, that job’s mine.

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    FFS says:

    Ah yes the big benefits lie.

    Problem is TAX CREDITS

    Worth £2700 per child

    Tax free


    And anyway, job seekers allowance accounts for 7.6% of bennies before you start including housing benefits to the unemployed.

    Fact is about 10% of all government spending goes to the unemployed.

    Better get your facts right before you come round here shouting the toss little boy.

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    Anonymous says:

    Brown should not have bailed out Northern Rock or RBS.Your analysis is correct of course but the left have found their mantra in relation to benefit reform and social mobility,Wot about the bankers!

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    Chris Smith says:

    MMmmmmm bum bum bum. Love them. Lovely male bums. Shaven preferably. I got HIV from fucking stranger’s bums but it doesn’t stop me.

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    Paper trail recordings says:

    Companies like BAESystems legally(?) require each department to record all original incoming documentation and all original out going documentation. FAA/JAA requirement, Official Secret Act requirement, Civil Service requirement (was nationalized) or just plan demand from Directors who have legal requirements. To related to Chilcott surely not having this basic recording system in place would be against Official Secrets Act and you get jailed etc and a bit more. (Did not Labour make a big fuss over Coulson not being security vetted properly?). You get my drift. Charge the each of them including each visitor for their lack of paper work.

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    FFS says:

    It doesn’t matter if the fathers DO make a contribution – all the bennies are now ON TOP of any maintenance payments.

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    Anonymous says:


    a different programmer here…

    I wasn’t aware that Guido was in charge of the Universal Credit system.

    I’ve always wondered how the government/bbc/quangos can spend hundreds of millions, or billions, on what’s basically just a database and some websites.

    Shit, me and a few of the people I work with could get together and build a site like the BBC news site completely from scratch in about 6 months between us, and it’d be error free upon first release.

    The government/bbc won’t ever consider small companies for I.T. contracts though, so when the big companies say “I’ll do it for 500million and it’ll take me 10 years”, a small company says “I’ll do it for 1 million and it’ll take me 6 months”, the government/bbc will say “500 million; they sound good, let’s go for them”.

    The people in charge of the I.T. contracts have absolutely no fucking clue (either that, or they’re all getting back-handers)

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    Podiceps says:

    Oni su angažirali gorilu kao neplaćeni stažist.

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    McAdder says:

    FFS, who in their right mind would employ her?

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    like an old film says:

    Tarzan and Judy or is it cheeter

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    hang about.. says:

    So the BBC,run by Labourites like James Purnell,wastes millions of licence payers money.
    And the Environment Agency,run by Labouries like Chris Smith,is not fit for purpose and can’t even be arsed to dredge our bloody rivers.
    Labourites cocked up the country during their 13 years in power- why are they then handed power and influence to run quangos and publicly funded bodies?

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    sack Chris Smith says:

    I honestly don’t care if someone is gay or straight.
    I do care about someone being made a peer of the realm,
    paid a fortune and not being able to do their job.
    Declaring that the country has to chose between saving
    towns or country from flooding has rendered his position
    as head of the EA as intenable.

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    Anonymous says:

    I didnt know that apologies.

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    Who would have thought? says:

    A little bit of trivia. Bob Crow’s brother is a staunch Thatcherite.

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    Anonymous says:

    Sorry to say it but Thompson’s pay while BBC chief was in fact £834,000 per year for a while, not £680,000 as Mr Carr suggests here. It was reduced in his last year or two after a public outcry. Criminal.

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    Sky Cycling says:

    Its now 2014.

    Brits ride their bike up and down any mountain anywhere not drive.

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    Joss Taskin says:

    Has David Laws stopped stamping his feet yet ?

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    FFS says:

    They are not mutually exclusive. Why not deal with both.

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    Animal says:

    The BBC digital project wasn’t actually a bad idea. Sadly it was an idea within an organisation awash with three things:


    So theMarxists got their hands on this idea and burned lots of money on it. Heaps. Barrowloads. And then when it ran out they stood there and just laughed – because the morons who gave them the money also realised how stupid they looked. So they all agreed to just keep the noise down and not do it again.

    And then another great idea came along.

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    White rabbit says:

    That’s a very nice little bungalow you’ve got there SC.

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    Silly Sally B13COW says:

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    Number 7 says:

    Spot on.


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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Try and find any link to the mos article goggle the name / title – and its ‘disappeared’ for some strange, odd and bizzare reason. Timothy Ball of Mazars he’s a one from Bristol – mind you the bbc covered up for him for several years.

  122. 122
    FFS says:

    I went to a state comprehensive school and so did both of my sons.

    We had competitive sport at my school. My sons had competitive sports and indeed my eldest son competed at county level.

    I was not permitted to even use the word “snot” in front of a teacher (got a detention for that). My sons were also not permitted to swear at teachers.

    Not all state schools are the same. I understand that some other state schools in this area are more like open prisons.

    Fact is the good parents avoid the bad schools like they had bubonic plague, so you end up with huge differences between them. Less likely to have a good board of governors willing to volunteer at a bad school. Difficult to draw good teachers to a bad school. The bad schools end up in a never ending downward spiral. Best get rid of them.

    Most of the lads that go to bad schools don’t want to be there – just want to go to college and learn how to do car mechanics. Best to give them that option and get them out earning.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Ahh yes them paper trails something that Blair could not shred.

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    FFS says:

    I don’t know why you bother. I think I’ve seen everything they have to offer. They just dress up the same shit and push it out.

    I was watching some investigative programme on BBC the other day with my elderly parents. The presenters kept repeating what it was they were doing. I was thinking “I…am…not….retarded”.

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    e&oe says:

    please note that the ec(?) has just announced a £60bn+ research programme

    now they’d know how to do it – wouldn’t they?

  127. 127
    Chris Smith says:

    Ooooh fuck me big boy. Up my bum, good and hard. You sound hard to me.

    I can be arsed, I really can. I’m bending over now and relaxing my sphincter for you. I’ve douched and lubed up so you can just slip it in.

    I’ve got HIV but if you just use an Extra Safe you’ll be fine honest. I got it fucking strangers at a gang bang in our local woods, but I wasn’t using protection.

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    The choice should have been….town, country or Indian Space program.

  129. 129
    FFS says:

    Oh no, they’ve got a clue alright.

    How easy do you think it is to lose a few million down the back of a convenient sofa when the contract itself is only 1million?

    Go it?

    500million contract and you can lose a few million and the accountants just consider it a rounding error.

    It’s corrupt at every level. The big companies offering the contracts know it, so do the people doing the negotiating. Who cares? Only us, the taxpayers and what access do we have to the process? None at all…..

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    Táxpáyér says:

    Doing some work for “Government” level departments IT (database driven website), they are less than clear.

    Prototyping I ask “Will this file format ever change?”. No is the answer.
    Next week “file’s changed completely”.

    Staff don’t want to use systems unless it helps evade responsibility.

    Whole extortion funded sector’s for numpties IMHO.

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    Táxpáyér says:

    Not sure I’d count Q.E. driven inflation as a recovery.

    Much rather a lower and sustainable P/E, than a bubble.

  132. 132
    White Dee says:

    My pussy’s so big it got bedroom taxed.

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    marc says:

    Modern marine paint does a bloody good job of resisting barnacles anyway.

  134. 134
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Bet no-one’s been near that for quite a few years.

  135. 135
    Cupertino says:

    I think they are actually allowed to do that

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    Jack the Ripper says:

    The BBC is a treasure and, as a treasure, it should be buried.

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    The Big Picture says:


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    non taxable pikey says:

    You need to play the “spot the new BMW” game.

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    #Fuckedface says:

    Booze fuelled night out?

    I thought she was on the wagon. Must have fallen off.

    Little John must be going Spaz at this very moment.

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    Jim says:

    Yeah, it’s a cool spot-was there skiing last winter. The Polish side at Tatranzska is nicer.
    4×4 Jag was a star, too. Sco-Pol-Slo-Sco.

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    Ramses the Damned says:

    Buried and a curse placed on the loved ones of anyone who dares to unearth it.

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    Aparat says:

    Don’t forget the drawing and quartering.

    In fact, bring back executions as a public spectacle.

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    Butch Dave says:

    It was, and there was no contest.
    Samantha looks fabulous in a sari photo op.

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    Remittance Man says:

    License payers will probably give them a further £20m in today’s money before they die.

    Slight necessary correction there, Mr F.

    “Give” implies some sort of agreement and willingness on the part of the giver. The licence payers have absolutely no say in ow much these buggers lift from the licence fee to line their own pockets.

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    When in Rome says:

    Perhaps we can have real British Lions at Wembley (to help defray the construction costs, of course)?

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    Ancient seafarer says:

    ..and just WHO was Muffing the Mule????

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    Ancient seafarer says:

    Seems to me that “programmers” are the cause of all the trouble. If they did their jobs properly it would all come out right first time. If they can see or detect any errors or omissions in the original specs paperwork should they not say so before even picking up the first widget?

    May be we need to de-programme some of these troughing IT cvnts.

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    Non taxable pikey says:

    “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”. As true today as when Thomas Jefferson may have said it, having translated Destutt de Tracy’s Treatise on Political Economy: To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, —the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it.

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    Divayrish Scott says:

    In Vietnam, my home country, even the commies give the death penalty to public servants squandering and wasting less. Maybe something the left leaning labour party could have a look at?


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    Bill kearns says:

    BBC Trust?? Surely an Oxymoron.

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    The BBC says:

    Yes but if you and you mates did it there would be infinitely less opportunity for meetings, working lunches, more meetings, expensive lunches, a lot more meetings full of people who do nothing but loudly take control and go blah blah blah and whose presence has nothing to do with getting anything actually done and everything to do with trying to cement the impression of how important they are, some more meetings, meetings, some very very very expensive lunches, consultants on £1200 a day who do nothing worthwhile, some more meetings, and maybe someone writing a bit of code.

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    Alan Rusbridger says:

    If these sums of money go out of hand any more, we might have to write an article about this mess in the Guardian.

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    Observation says:

    cut off the huge amount of
    OUR money they purloin from us each & every year

    Don’t buy a TV Licence.

    More and more young people today don’t bother.

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    ron says:

    The BBC has the best IT disasters in the world.

    I’d happily pay double.

    In fact I’m going to buy another TV licence this very morning to help towards that £740 million of our money that the corporation is pumping into its hyper-generous pension fund.

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    Grrr says:

    Fiercely independent and un-bias in their attempt to turn horrid Britain into the glorious Socialist wonderland that is Cuba.

    Fiercely working for the people -as long as they read the Guardian and hate the horrid Torries.

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    Grrr says:

    Yeah charge them, but the bullets must be Fair Trade, made by a Marxist Collective in the mountains of Pakistan, using wind energy and giving free childcare to all sisters at the factory.

    Right on man

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    Grrr says:

    OR not let Marxists spend our money.

    Could be an easier solution

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    It was /is/ and will be the same old story. Only the faces may change. There will be no change until the day that these ‘in charge’ faces get hit in their wallets, with high fines and /or prison sentences.

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    Too fast? says:

    Spot on.

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    olden1936 says:

    I feel sympathy for these expert bewildered BBC ‘chosen ones’ with their huge salaries and pensions, and smart accountants to save on their income tax. It must be such a worry to know what to spend it all on when most domestic outgoings probably are cleverly claimed as expenses. Equally the professional IT geeks have got the BBC and us all dangling on a piece of string as most of us use but are completely baffled by the innards of our PCs. As an afterthought, I do wish the non-commercial BBC would severely limit the endless string of boringly repeated forthcoming programmes adverts we viewers have to endure between each programme.

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    Arthur Penney says:

    1st Lesson in Systems Design

    What the customer wants
    What the customer says he wants
    What the IT people think the customer wants
    What the customer gets

    Are all different.

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    R Hon DC says:

    They still don’t know how to control the Uk’s largest quango which really is RBS, they are still leaking money like a sieve, not £100’s millions but £billions

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    Blowing Donkey Whistles says:

    The letter “n” is missing between the “o” and the “g” in your moniker.

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    Idobek says:

    “And iPlayer apparently is a great achievement”

    Yes, it is not as if there was a huge software company offing a completely free alternative (that YouTube thing will never catch on).

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    Strangers' Gallery says:

    Seconded. Broadsheets used to carry pages of coverage of Parliament, no longer, and even then the reports were confined to the set pieces of the chamber. Carr’s coverage of the work of committees is at long last showing us just how much we are governed by useless quangocrats. More please!

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    Edward 2 says:

    Oh and the emasculations – we must have emasculations.

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    Miss Amyl Nitrate says:

    Big bag of poppers on its way to you…

  169. 169
    Alex Jones, Matt Baker and Chris Evans says:

    Here, here!

  170. 170
    Tom Catesby says:

    I hope your aim is good. Wouldn’t want to ruin any organs if they are going to be up for sale.

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    Tom Catesby says:

    Would the executions be televised on the been?

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    Patricia Hodge Podge - Labour MP. says:

    I really gave them an easy time, but it was truly exasperating as they are so incompetent that they make me seem a genius.
    I had to admit (to the BBC on their The Media (Guardianista) Show) that I did not get to the bottom of the problem as their complex bureaucratic nightmare of a lack of accountability system was beyond my understanding.
    On the other hand they are our Labour party’s main propaganda vehicle so I did not dig too deep – only enough to retain my job.

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    Just Asking says:

    +60 million

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    Joe Public says:

    I use You Tube far more than BBC iplayer.

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